Postal Workers Rally for the Right to Continue Delivering Seven-Eighths of One Letter Each a Day

BANGOR, Maine — An estimated 30 U.S. Postal Service employees and supporters gathered Thursday evening to urge Congress to reject legislation they say could be a death knell for the postal service as we know it. “If Congress doesn’t do something to fix the U.S. Postal Service’s finances by May 15, the postal service plans to close 3,600 post office and 223 processing plants, lay off 100,000 workers, eliminate overnight delivery of first class mail and periodicals, change two-day delivery to three days and end [Saturday] service,” organizer John Curtis, a retired letter carrier from Surry now working with the National Association of Letter Carriers, said during Thursday’s gathering. At stake in Maine are the Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Facility in Hampden and as many as 34 post offices, most of them in rural areas. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)