Postal Workers Hold Second Rally This Week

Unprecedented cuts by the U.S. Postal Service may delay your mail, and postal employees want you to know.

USPS says they need to cut costs, and they need to do it quickly. They plan to make the cuts by consolidating a number of their offices to help make an estimated $3 billion in cuts.

USPS is planning to move quickly to close 252 mail processing centers--a move that's expected to eliminate about 28,000 jobs nationwide.

One of those processing centers is right here in the Springs, located on East Fountain.

"Denver can't absorb all of us,” Charles Roe said.

Letter carriers say you should be concerned too. They believe the consolidation plan with Denver will mean that medication delivered by mail would take longer, and bills and checks would arrive later.

"Just to wait on mail to come from Denver, anytime the weather is bad...the mail will be even later,” Kathy Corcoran said. “So, that's a concern for the letter carriers also."

But is it a sign of the times--is mail becoming obsolete with new technology?

"I don't use mail all that often as I used to,” Renee Keith said. “I use more of my email now."

But she does worry about friends who work for the postal service. Letter carriers think the business is still needed, especially for the delivery of packages.

"We don't deliver as much first class mail as we used to because of the electronics, but we are delivering a lot of different types of mail,” Corcoran said. “So, we're still a very viable part of the community."

Friday afternoon, postal workers rallied to inform people about the consolidation plan, and what can be done to fight it.

"The consolidation would lead to privatization," said Chuck Bader of the postal union. "This is Americas' Postal Service, we want to keep it a service and not a company."

A previous rally was held at the same location on Monday afternoon.