People Rally To Save Saturday Mail Delivery
Posted at: 03/24/2013 3:58 PM
| Updated at: 03/25/2013 6:19 AM
By: Laurie Stribling
Mike Sylvester has been delivering mail in Duluth for nine years, and it's become more than just a job.
"I have people that are waiting some days with hot chocolate in the winter with some homemade cookies," Sylvester said. "I've seen kids grow up and some that have gone on to college."
Sylvester calls his route in the Lincoln Park neighborhood home, but his normal routine could be changing come August.
"We are here today to talk about saving Saturday delivery," Scott Dulas, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Duluth, said. "It's something that America deserves and apparently it's something that America really wants."
People rallied in Duluth Sunday to protect Saturday mail delivery with the U.S. Postal Service. Officials announced last month it will be ending this summer.
"I believe in the six days a week," supporter Deandra Larson said. "There's are lot of people out there that depend on the Saturday delivery."
Since the change was announced, lawmakers, employees and community members from across the country have been fighting to save the Saturday service.
Protesters in Duluth Sunday said there are others ways to save money. They said lawmakers need to put an end to pre-funding for retiree health benefits. Right now, that is mandated by the government.
U.S. Postal Service officials said if that ends, they will save $50 billion over the next ten years.
"That's what we are kind of hoping, get this ground swell of support and put pressure on Congress to say let's change the pre-funding mandate," Sylvester said.
Some Minnesota lawmakers support saving Saturday mail delivery.
Representatives with Senator Al Franken and Congressman Rick Nolan were at the rally in Duluth. Senator Amy Klobachar wrote a letter in support that was read at the event.