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Postal workers rally to protest plan to stop Saturday mail delivery

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They rallied all over the country, calling them "Delivering for America" rallies. Members of the National Association of Letter Carriers say tens of thousands of postal workers could lose their jobs if Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe goes through with plans to stop Saturday mail delivery. The union points out that the law requires Saturday delivery and it would take an act of Congress for Donohoe to get rid of it.

Locally, union members held demonstrations outside post offices in Gaithersburg and Arlington, where union leaders accused the Postal Service of trying to destroy the postal service as it is now, so it can be privatized.

Union leaders agreed more people are paying bills online, but they say eliminating Saturday delivery would adversely affect the poor, elderly people and some seniors without access to the internet.

The letter carriers say it's not Saturday service that's causing red ink, but $5.5 billion a year used to pre-fund health care costs for retirees through the year 2082. That pre-funding is required by law, but the union says it provides for workers, who haven't even been born yet. They say it should be spaced out over a longer period of time, to help save the postal delivery system.

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