Union Plans Rally To Save Saturday Mail Delivery

PERTH AMBOY — The National Association of Letter Carriers, the labor union that represents city delivery letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service, is planning a day of action on Sunday, March 24, to raise public support for the continuation of Saturday mail delivery service. There will be a rally outside the Perth Amboy Post Office at 205 Jefferson Street from 1-4 p.m.

The March 24 date was chosen in hopes of encouraging federal lawmakers to maintain the six-day mail delivery language in the continuing budget resolution, expected to be renewed by Congress on March 27.

Last month, the Postal Service announced cost-cutting plans to move away from six-day mail delivery, eliminating most Saturday mail delivery beginning the week of Aug. 5. Packages would still be delivered Monday through Saturday.

“We want to make this fight about the cost of losing Saturday mail delivery and how it would affect people in each and every state,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

While the Postal Service faces a serious budgetary crisis, it is being hampered by a Congressional requirement to fund all retiree health benefits for the next 75 years, something that no other public agency or private company is required to do. In fiscal years 2007 through 2010, the Postal Service had a net operational profit of $611 million delivering mail.

Service reductions could drive more customers away from the Postal Service, potentially wiping out much or all of the anticipated savings.

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