Last month the United States Postal Service declared that they were going to stop delivery on Saturdays starting the first week of August. This caused many letter carriers in our area to take a deeper look into this situation and to find out what is really going on and what is best for the American public.
Sunday a group of postal workers and community members got together to help bring awareness and support that shrinking the postal service is the wrong approach. Summer Joy was there Sunday afternoon and has the details.
A group gathered Sunday from 1pm -3pm in Pocatello on 5th Ave to protest the action of cutting Saturday delivery.
"It looks like people here would like to keep their six day delivery. We are getting people honking and giving us thums up," said Clay Grayson, a Letter Carrier.
"We just want to do the best we can for the American people becasue they deserve the best," said John Paige, a Letter Carrier.
Supporters say the biggest reasons for them to support this, is that cutting Saturday mail would delay the mail, hurt American businesses, and eliminate middle class jobs. This change is estimated to cut about 22 thousand full time letter carrier positions.
"It's going to have an impact accorss the nation for employees and the entire postal community," added Grayson.
Even though this action could have serious impacts; the Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe, says the post office has to make a change. He said that the country agrees and the Post Office needs help funding healthcare. He also adds that first class mail just can't compete with email.
"70 percent of Americans consistently said that they would support a five day schedule for package delivery," said Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General.
The postmaster also had support in Congress.
"Even the gov. is no longer using the post office," said Darrell Issa, a Representative for California.
This would help save the post office $2 billion dollars, others say the post office will lose $5 billion dollars in revenue.
"It's just a bad plan, its really short-sided, and it just needs to be re-thought out here," said Grayson.
This change would also affect veterans who rely on medications to help depression, anxiety, or PTSD, since it usually arrives on Friday or Saturday.
"There is a lot of things on the impacts of it, I believe the way the government is going right now the lack of funds and everything else; laying people off is going to hurt the economy and it's definitley not going to help it. We need all the support we can get to help keep everybody at work, and this is a good job," said John Doyle, a protester.
About two weeks ago the house instructed the postal service to keep six day delivery, at least, through september. The post office still has plans to end the saturday delivery, but this will put a hitch in their plans, the debate will continue.
If you would like to take action you can go to www.deliveringforamerica.com
to learn how.