Medford Citizens Rally Over Decision to Cut Mail Delivery on Saturdays

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Sun, March 24 2013 at 6:41 PM, Updated: Tue, March 26 2013 at 11:05 PM

Plans to cut Saturday mail delivery service later this year hasn't sat well for many US postal employees and residents across the country. Today activist took to streets calling on Congress to intervene and reverse the decision made by the postmaster general.

More than 75 concerned citizens rallied outside of the Medford post office Sunday afternoon.

"The postal service is basically trying to save 3 % of their budget by cutting 17% of their business and that doesn't make sense to us," said Michael Wahlquist.

Government officials decided to cut Saturday mail delivery service in February in order to help save costs. But activists say taking away that one day will have a ripple effect on the economy.

"This could effect 40,000 jobs. You're talking about 40,000 fewer people that are paying taxes. 40,000 fewer people that could invest in the local economy and in this economic disaster that our community is seeing. We need all the work we can get," said Alec Lamoreaux.

Nationally the move is projected to reduce 45 million work hours. Under the new structure only packages will be delivered on Saturdays by city carrier assistants.

"Those are non career employees, they do not receive the same benefits that our regular city carriers do," said Daniel Becker.

 But axing Saturday mail delivery is projected to save the financially struggling agency 2 billion a year. But community members say if the agency cuts one day, it will be an invitation only to cut more. Congress passed a new spending bill Thursday which will most likely keep Saturday mail service. However, some lawmakers still want to proceed with the planned elimination.

 

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