Letter Carriers Try to Save Saturday Service

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by Elizabeth Fay

MILWAUKEE --  Local letter carries show up in numbers to save Saturday mail service which ends in August. "That is the destruction of the Post Office and a major employer to the American people," says Letter Carrier, Kathy Martinez. She joined more than 200 people at the West Milwaukee Post Office in protest of cutting Saturday mail service.

The cost-cutting measure is expected to save about $2 billion a year. Not all Saturday services will end. Under the plan, post offices will stay open on Saturdays. Packages, medicine and priority and express mail would still be delivered but First Class Mail will not reach its destination on Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service,  its research shows most Americans support the change, but President of the Wisconsin State Association of Letter Carriers, Scott Van Derven worries people will realize the loss once it's too late.

"They only miss it when it's gone. We don't want it to get to that point," he says.
 

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