Postal Service Workers, Supporters Rally to Keep Saturday Mail

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Postal workers in Duluth and across the country delivered a message Sunday. They want to stamp out a plan to eliminate Saturday service.

The Postmaster General has proposed ending Saturday mail, a move that he says would save $2 billion a year. But postal workers and supporters say the move would be counter-productive.

"We're talking about saving Saturday delivery, but the bigger picture is saving the Postal Service," said National Association of Letter Carriers #114 President, Scott Dulas.

In an effort to save the reported $2 billion a year, the Postal Service plans to end Saturday delivery in August.

"It would not be a solution. It would be part of the problem," said Dulas.

"If they take away one day, why can't they take another day?" said retired postal worker, Ardy Stabs.

Those at the rally said the cuts would be devastating, not only to postal workers, but to customers in rural areas.

"The people that depend on us. The elderly. The people without internet," said Anton Vanvlymen.

It was part of the reason that supporters on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street joined thousands nationwide Sunday in an effort to push Congress to come up with a plan to help the Postal Service.

"We know we need to grow to survive and that's what we want the postmaster general to understand," said Lincoln Park letter carrier and union member, Mike Sylvester.

Representatives from Senator Al Franken and Representative Rick Nolan's offices were in attendance to give their support to the workers.

A similar rally was also held in Minneapolis Sunday.