Union workers in Fresno protested the move to cut Saturday deliveries by the U.S. Postal Service.
Beginning in August, mail will no longer be deliver on Saturday and postal workers say they will be hit hardest by the move.
The U.S. Postal Service says they must make the move to drop Saturday service to save money. The counter argument is that cutting service won't help.
Trading in their mail bags for signs, dozens of postal workers and supporters rallied outside of the Fresno Pinedale Post Office, calling for a preservation of six-day a week mail delivery.
Eric Ellis with the California Association of Letter Carriers believes cutting Saturday mail service is a mistake. "There are a lot of reason why it's important. One reason is you don't cut service to survive," said Ellis.
The USPS announced the move in February and says it will save about two billion dollars a year as a result. "We must do something to cut our costs. We are losing $25 million a day," said Augustine Ruiz with the U.S. Postal Service, Sacramento Postal District.
Ruiz says the future of the Postal Service lays not in mail delivery but packages, which along with first class mail, will still be delivered six-days a week. "We are not really cutting services down. We will actually continue to deliver six days a week for the kind of mail that we see an increase in," said Ruiz.
Eric Ellis said, "The postal service would lose $5.2 billion in the first year alone and there would be a reduction in mail volume of 7.7%, so it is not a winning strategy."
Saturday mail delivery is currently scheduled to continue until August.
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