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Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 10:55pm
EL PASO — A national protest hits the Borderland as postal workers from El Paso and Las Cruces hit the streets of West El Paso Sunday urging the United States Postal Service to keep the six day work week.
Congress just passed legislation Thursday maintaining the six day work week for letter carriers for another six months. The local National Association of Letter Carriers union rallied on Sunland Park Dr. and Mesa St. protesting what they call a temporary fix to a growing problem.
The union said some of the negative impacts of eliminating Saturday mail includes the loss of 22,000 full-time letter carrier jobs nationwide, which means about a hundred locally. Other impacts would be delays in mail service and increased costs to offset less mail service. Union representatives said the decrease in service will prompt competitors to bump up their prices which is a lose-lose situation for letter carriers and residents.
"This is a continuing resolution that the Congress has passed and it will continue to the end of the fiscal year which is September 30th. So what we're looking at is for more permanent solutions to help the postal service provide six-day delivery to our customers," said Albert Anchondo, President of the El Paso NALC.
The El Paso Branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers also say USPS's current budget deficit is made up of congressional mandate to pre-fund future retiree's health benefits at an annual rate of $5.5 billion dollars forcing the postal service to set aside $41 billion dollars since 2006.
They are urging residents and local lawmakers to support House Resolutions 30 and 630.
Similar rallies were held across the country by other chapters of the National Association of Letter Carriers.