Postal workers rally to keep jobs and postal service alive - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Postal workers rally to keep jobs and postal service alive

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

"We're not asking for a bailout! We just want to get the mail out!" shouts postal workers from outside the RSA building on Adams Avenue.

It was impossible to drive down Adams Avenue and not see them--a group of passionate postal workers encouraging folks to sign a petition supporting House Resolution 1351.

"Which is the legislation that's in Congress to restore financial stability to the United States Postal Service," says Jerry Smith, President of the National Association for Letter Carriers.

Mail workers say a bill Congress passed five years ago requiring the agency to pre-fund health care benefits for future retirees brought on the current crisis.

The agency's financial woes have some Republicans backing a plan to stop Saturday deliveries, sell advertising space at post offices and phase out most residential to-the-door deliveries.

Some democrats would rather raise postage rates to shore up losses, saying anything else increases unemployment--something Sandra Copeland doesn't want.

"I have children in school, and I have to take care of me.  I'm not old enough to retire."

The rally wasn't just a local effort. Folks say they're taking place across the country.

"We want to stay in the business of mail delivery and provide mail to every household in America," adds Smith.

Some folks have mixed feelings about the best solution.

"I think they spend more money than they take in. You gotta cut the losses. I think instead of raising the rates they need to cut services," says Doug Hallford.

"The postal service is deep in debt and why should we be paying more in debt when they could raise rates?" asks Ray Owens.

It's a decision that could not only affect thousands of jobs, but mail delivery as we know it.

Democrats say their plan also calls for the postal service to enter into new lines of business, including check cashing and leasing excess space.

The postal service announced it will most likely cut more than 100,000 jobs and close 250 processing centers.

Copyright 2011 WSFA. All rights reserved.

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Police: Man seriously injured in Montgomery shooting

    Police: Man seriously injured in Montgomery shooting

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:52 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:52:38 GMT
    A man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound in a Busch Street shooting Friday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)A man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound in a Busch Street shooting Friday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    MPD and medics responded to the 900 block of Busch Street where they found a man suffering life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound.

    More >>

    MPD and medics responded to the 900 block of Busch Street where they found a man suffering life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound.

    More >>
  • At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:12:25 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:50 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:50:08 GMT
    Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>
  • High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:32:03 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:48 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:48:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...(AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly