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Letter Carriers Rally for Jobs as Government Shutdown Looms
SPRINGFIELD -- As financial problems for the U.S. Post Office continue, some local protesters are fighting back to make sure you can still get your mail six days a week.
Members from the National Association of Letter Carriers rallied in front of Speaker of the House John Boehner's office in Springfield this morning.
They protested for postal reform, asking that legislators protect the jobs of postal employees.
They say the people who will be affected most are small businesses, senior citizens and anyone who lives in rural areas.
"A lot of the senior citizens received prescription medication through the mail because they get it at a lower cost that way and that could be in jeopardy if service is reduced," said John Dyce of the National Association Of Letter Carriers. "It affects everybody, but small businesses really depend on six-day delivery that is the lifeblood of their business. They have to keep everything flowing on a regular basis."
They're upset about House Resolution 2748, which is supposes to resolve the financial problems of the postal service.
Letter carriers say the bill will fix nothing but instead eliminate door-to-door delivery, reduce mail delivery to five days a week or fewer and dramatically downsize the post office.
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