Rallying Hopes To Deliver Message To Congress About Postal Delivery Day Cut

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By Catalina Trivino

Earlier this week, Congress passed a new spending bill that would continue requiring a six-day mail delivery... and today in Montgomery, ralliers  voiced their opinion on the Saturday cut-back.

These rallies are happening all across the nation in hope of showing people the importance of a six-day delivery.

"Don't let Donohoe disobey, deliver mail on Saturday!" chanted dozens of ralliers, delivering a message to Congress. It was one reminding them to preserve the postal office's six-day delivery.

"Actually, it's going to affect one in every six mail carriers. We have subs, what we call our T-6's. They deliver it. In order for us to have six-day delivery right now and only work 40 hours, we do have subs that rotate. We won't need them at all, so that position would be eliminated," Said Vice President of the National Association of Letter Carriers for the Montgomery division, Carmen Penny.
    
The postal service announced last month its intention to halt Saturday delivery of first class mail to stem its financial losses. They said the Saturday cutback would save about $2 billion annually. While Congress passed the bill last Thursday preserving the six day delivery, dozens of people rallied in Montgomery, hoping to educate others on the importance of a Saturday delivery.

"Some of the mothers... maybe they only work one day a week, but that's just enough to buy their groceries and you cut out the Saturday delivery... it takes away their jobs," Said a mail carrier from Kinston, Beth Carnley. "And some of them get to work other days during the week, like when we get annual labor or sick leave. And our subs... they're just going to quit and it's going to affect all the families in our area."

Ralliers with the National Association of Letter Carriers say a cutback would eliminate about 80,000 jobs in the postal service. They say it would hit rural communities, small businesses and senior citizens the hardest.

"So that's a done deal for now... But we still want to send a message out that if it comes up again, it's still going to affect our lives, so even though this time we made it [and] Congress passed it, it's still up on the board," Said Penny.

Montgomery wasn't the only city in Alabama holding a six-day delivery rally. They also happened in Birmingham and Mobile.

Last year, the postal service lost nearly $16 billion. The cutback was believed to be an effort to recruit some of the money lost.

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