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Workers Rally To Save U.S. Postal Service

United States Postal Service workers are rallying across the country in protest of a Senate bill they said would destroy the Postal Service.

Dozens turned out in Pocatello and Idaho Falls on Thursday afternoon, waving signs not only to send a message to Congress, but also to raise awareness among local people.

The National Association of Letter Carriers said the USPS needs a business plan, but the proposed legislation would only do harm in eliminating Saturday delivery and door-to-door service.

Many workers blame fiscal problems on a congressional mandate requiring more than $5 billion a year to prefund retirees’ health care benefits for the next 75 years.

“We’re out here to save our jobs. That’s what’s killing our jobs,” said USPS employee John Kunz.

“People need to be aware of the problem, of the attack on the Postal Service,” said Idaho Falls supporter Jean McKay.

In December, the USPS said it would delay closing more offices or mail processing centers until May 15, in hopes that Congress would take action.

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