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Postal workers statewide rally to save Saturday mail delivery


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Hundreds of postal workers rallied at several locations in Wisconsin Sunday, as part of a nationwide campaign to save Saturday mail delivery.

In Madison, the state’s newest congressman – House Democrat Mark Pocan – promoted a bill he’s co-sponsoring to maintain six day a week service, and find other ways to save money. Madison’s postal union says it could lose around 70 employees if Saturday delivery ends.

In West Milwaukee, officials of the Wisconsin Association of Letter Carriers called the Postal Service a vital public institution that the nation cannot afford to dismantle.

In Green Bay, postal workers said lots of people need Saturday deliveries to handle bills, among other things – because not everyone uses the Internet.

A retired postal worker asked if they’re supposed to let UPS take over. But the Postal Service would continue delivering packages on Saturdays, while cutting off regular residential routes on Saturdays.

Officials say it would save over $2 billion a year.

Pocan’s bill would save money mostly by repealing a 2006 law that forces the Postal Service to set aside funds for up to 75 years of future health care benefits for the agency’s retirees.

It’s the only federal agency which has such a requirement, and union officials say it’s why the Postal Service is losing millions.