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Postal workers rally to save Saturday delivery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Postal Service union members, including Mac Combs, 69, of Charleston and Eddie Baldwin, 65, of Big Chimney, protested in Charleston on Sunday.

They were demanding that six-day mail delivery be kept intact and that the Postal Service be allowed to return to its old model for funding retiree benefits.

The Postal Service, which is struggling financially, announced in February it would switch to five-day delivery for first class mail and continue six-day package delivery.

But a new spending bill passed by Congress Thursday appears to keep the requirement for six-day delivery intact, The Associated Press has reported. Some lawmakers, however, want to proceed with the planned elimination of Saturday letter delivery. Prior to 2006, the Postal Service operated under a pay-as-you-go model for retiree health care funding. But Congress mandated that it begin pre-funding benefit obligations for retirees with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. Union members say the only reason the Postal Service is hemorrhaging money is because of the massive payments it must make into the system for workers who have yet to retire.


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