Postal workers want to deliver mail on Saturdays

Published: Mar. 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM CDT
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Protestors across the nation gathered Sunday near post office.  Their protests asked Congress to deliver a better plan to strengthen the future of the U.S. Postal Service.

One of those protest rallies was outside the downtown Gulfport post office.

With their signs in hand, and a passionate chant from the heart, Greg White and dozens of protesters made their point clear.  "The Postmaster General wants to cut out a day of delivery in order to save money," said White. "When the only thing you have to sell is service, and you cut that service out, then you're depriving the patrons and the American people to what they're entitled to."

The mail carriers argue Saturday deliveries are an important part of how people live.  "Everybody always says well the only thing I get is junk mail on Saturdays so I don't care. Well, you'd be surprised at the number of people who mail out those birthday cards and mothers day cards. I've got people who are literally waiting at the box for me everyday because I'm their only contact," White said.

That contact comes in handy for the elderly, people in rural areas and sometimes small business owners.  It's something the Gulfport picketers are just not willing to let go easily.

Just ask Mark Cunningham.  "It is a big deal," he said.  "It impacts people checks. It impacts prescription medicine that's being delivered. Granted the post office says they will deliver it, but if they're going out there why not just offer the same service that we do now."

Mail carriers say eliminating Saturday delivery won't save the postal service.  "What's going to save it is contacting Congressman Palazzo and Senator Wicker and Cochran and telling them that we need to get rid of the that pre funding mandate and let the postal service operate like any other business does in the 21st century," White argued.

The picket went on despite recent developments in Washington, D.C., that would reverse plans by the U.S. Postal Service to halt Saturday delivery.  The group says its goal Sunday was to get the message out, and rally supporters to strengthen the state of the postal service for everyone.

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