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NC rallies planned against Saturday mail cutback

Posted March 24, 2013

— 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.

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  • goldenosprey Mar 25, 2013

    Republican controlled congress forced pension funding provisions no private business would ever have to endure. Don't blame it on unions, blame it on congress. When your important documents and packages are left in the hands of minimum wage low bidders you can thank your teapartier in DC.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 25, 2013

    The government ran the USPS into the ground but the unions want their cut. Cant wait for the government to take over healthcare. You people have no idea what we are in for.

  • oleguy Mar 25, 2013

    losing $25 million per day under its existing regulatory structure. Shut it down, Close the doors, Let a private business take it,,,,And people wander why we are broke,DUH