Group opposed to Saturday postal service elimination

Posted at: 03/24/2013 8:56 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

More than a hundred U.S. Postal Service workers met outside the Highland Post Office in Albuquerque Sunday.

It’s part of a nationwide protest in support of Saturday mail delivery.

Last month, the postal service announced it will change to a five day service.

“It shows that we have a lot of public support which is crucial to the saving of the postal service,” said Valerie Schachon, who’s worked with the USPS for seven years.

Come August, Valerie will go from six working days to five, which means less money for her and her family.

A new spending bill passed by Congress on Thursday appeared to require a six-day mail delivery.

But some postal officials said they still want to cut Saturday service.

“It would be like chocolate without peanut butter. It would be like Uncle Sam without the U.S. It would just, it would be the demise or the end of the postal service,” added Schachon.

Many we spoke to think this cut is just the beginning.

“If he gets rid of 6 days, then it will go to 5 day and then eventually they will go to 4 day. We’ll go to 3 day. We’ll go to 2 day, 1 day and then we’ll have no day delivery,” said Marco Gonzalez, who’s worked with the USPS for 15 years.

If Saturday mail service is cut, about 80,000 postal workers will lose their job, some estimates show.

“You know, you need both of your earnings nowadays to make a living. It’ll be hard, you know, 2 kids, you don’t want to, you don’t want to lose your livelihood,” added Gonzalez.

The postal service said it expects to save about $2 billion annually with the Saturday cut.