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Local US postal workers rally against proposed service changes

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Local United States Postal workers gathered on the street Sunday to tell their side of the story.

"Six days, right way! Five days, wrong way!" shouted members of a rally.

Participants in the rally are opposed to a proposed plan that would reduce postal service on Saturdays and create what protesters say is a massive job cut nationally and right here at home.

"When they get rid of a day of service it would cut 23,000 letter carrier jobs across the board," said rally organizer Mary Wells.

Gary Triplett is a postal carrier in the Baton Rouge area and adds the rally was just a way of making sure the public understands what is at stake.

"We need to stop this man and just let the public know and we know we need the public help and that's why we're trying to be professional as letter carriers to keep the public on our side," said Triplett.

Proponents of cutting mail service on Saturdays site a 3 billion dollar loss from October to December of 2012 but Mary says that's because current bills require the postal service to fund health care benefits years in advance for those who aren't even employed yet.

"We have more than enough in all the retirement funds to pay our future retirees. We are pre funding medical benefits for people that aren't even born yet. We're doing 75 years worth time in a ten year window," said Wells.

Under the proposed changes, packages would continue to be delivered on Saturdays and certain post offices would remain open but for these workers the risk of layoffs is far too great.

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