NC rallies planned against Saturday mail cutback
Posted March 24, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — The national labor union of United States Postal Service letter carriers is staging rallies in Raleigh, Charlotte, and around the country in favor of continuing Saturday mail delivery.
About 200 people were expected for a 2 p.m. rally at the north side of the State Capitol Building in Raleigh. The National Association of Letter Carriers says its protests are meant to mobilize public support for Saturday delivery service.
The financially troubled Postal Service announced last month that it would switch in August to five-day service for first-class mail and continue six-day package delivery. The Postal Service says it's losing $25 million per day under its existing regulatory structure.
But the Government Accountability Office said the postal agency did not have the right to end Saturday mail on its own.
The Postal Service over the past several years has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages – and it repeatedly but unsuccessfully has appealed to Congress to approve the move.
The USPS is an independent agency – which means it gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations – but is subject to congressional control.
Under the proposed cutback, the USPS still planned to continue six-day package delivery, which has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say. The delivery of letters and other mail, however, has declined substantially with the increasing use of email and other Internet services.