Letter carriers protest plans for 5 day delivery

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Letter carriers from across Connecticut delivered a strong message Sunday, to maintain Saturday delivery.

Over 200 people demonstrated on the New Haven Green, protesting plans to go to a five day deliveries for everything, except packages.

The postmaster general estimates it will save $2 billion annually.

The plan is supposed to go into effect in August.

Local letter carriers claim it will cut 22,000 Connecticut jobs and that business and residential customers will be short changed.

"We are doing this to actually save jobs. If we go to a five day work, we are actually going to lose 20% of our workforce," said Maryann MacDonald, of Bristol.

"The amount of medicine that is delivered on a daily basis to the elderly is phenomenal these days, and if we close down on a Saturday, and you have a Monday holiday, some people may be without medicine that is important to keep them healthy," said Chuck Page, President of CT Association of Letter Carriers.

"Letter carriers, 22,500 jobs, but also you have the other postal workers. You have the clerical union, you have the mail handlers union, those jobs would be affected as well," said Vince Mase, President of Branch 19, National Association of Letter Carriers, New Haven County.  

Congress has passed a resolution requiring six day delivery, but the Post Master General says limited delivery on Saturday meets the requirement.

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As much as I love receiving mail on Saturday, this seems like a necessary option. Taxpayers will be on the hook for any losses incurred so they need to make it work. If someone can come up with reasonable alternatives, than by alll means but something has to be done to cut losses. Actually, from the numbers above this won't solve the problem and more cuts will have to be made. Too bad Congress makes all the financial decisions for the post office, everything they touch is a disaster.Fed Ex and UPS make profits and the USPS should be able to also.

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