Postal workers rally to keep 6 day work week

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Hundreds of U.S. Postal workers rallied in front of the federal building in Louisville Sunday.

They are fighting for their jobs now that mail service is expected to be reduced from six days a week to five.

“If the sixth day is eliminated, it is just the beginning of the end for the Post Office,” Ron Osborne, a mail carrier out of Lebanon, KY said.

Their jobs are in jeopardy since the announcement was made that mail service will be discontinued on Saturday’s.

“It is going to affect the postal service,” Louisville mail carrier Ron Gast said. “It is going to take away the needs the public has on a daily basis.”

The Postmaster General points his finger at online usage and a steady decline in first class mail since 2008.

“It has been tremendous financial pressure on the postal service,” Patrick R. Donahoe, the Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service said. “The biggest issues we face are we cannot adapt to these changes in the market place. Unfortunately, our business model and the laws that govern us do not provide us a lot of flexibility to adapt.”

In just the last year the postal service saw a $15.9 billion loss. Now, many postal workers fear their jobs will be lost next.

“If this is going on the way that the Postmaster General is planning, I will not reach retirement,” Osborne said. “So I will be 55 or 60 years old trying to find a new job trying to start over and I really do not want to do that.

The new schedule is expected to start during the week of August 5, 2013. The Postmaster General says it will save the agency about $2 billion each year.

 

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