Sun. 7:08pm: Postal carriers, workers rally to protect mail delivery

YOUNGSTOWN – Letter carriers and other U.S. Postal Service employees rallied here today to protect Saturday mail delivery and demand that federal lawmakers provide a better plan to buttress the agency.

The fight is to prevent six-day mail service from reaching the chopping block on Aug. 5, a plan that’s been put into motion to help the Postal Service overcome financial challenges related to a 2006 congressional mandate to prefund 75 years of employee health care in a period of 10 years.

It’s costing the agency $5.5 billion a year.

“You cannot cut your way to prosperity,” said Dominic Corso, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 443, which represents clerical and maintenance workers and mechanics and drivers.

He called the reduction plan “ridiculous” and a “death spiral” that could lead to even more reduction. Already, the agency has combined a number of mail processing centers around the U.S., including folding in the one in Youngstown with a processor in Cleveland.

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