Postal workers rally to save Saturday delivery service - - Jackson, MS

Postal workers rally to save Saturday delivery service

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Metro area postal carriers joined a national movement to save Saturday delivery service.

About 50 postal workers and supporters voiced their concerns at New Horizon Church in Jackson on Sunday.

The U.S. Postal Service wants to scrap Saturday delivery in an effort to save money, which it says could save about $2 billion a year.

The carriers say customers expect and need a sixth day of mail delivery and cutting out that service could have big impacts.

They believe thousands of jobs could be lost and Congress should allow more flexibility for U.S.P.S. to manage retirement benefits.

"If you eliminate Saturday delivery you looking at anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 jobs throughout America can be eliminated for that one day," said retired letter carrier Tommy Harriston.

"Congressmen mandates us to pre-fund our retirees health benefits to the tune of $5-$7 billion a year. No business can survive with a payment of that magnitude," letter carrier and union member Matt Lee.

Similar rallies were held across the country Sunday in support of saving Saturday delivery service.

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