SPOKANE, Wash. - Postal workers held rallies all over the country Sunday in support of keeping Saturday delivery service, and Spokane was no exception. Nearly 100 postal workers stood outside a Spokane Valley Post Office voicing their opposition to the elimination of Saturday delivery.
In an effort to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap, the United States Postal Service is wanting to end Saturday delivery. It would be a move they say would save about $2 billion dollars a year, which is a small part of a bigger plan to help close a $2 billion dollar budget gap by 2016.
However, this past Thursday Congress passed legislation requiring six-day delivery, but until that becomes a law, the Postal Service is moving forward with the plan to reduce Saturday delivery. But Spokane's National Association of Letter Carriers spokesman Orville Arnold, says it needs to stay just like it is to help small businesses and those who live in rural communities. According to the letter carriers, the end of Saturday delivery would mean the loss of about 1/6 of their work force while losing 17% of deliveries , while only saving 2%. If you'd like to know more about the National Association Of Letter Carriers, CLICK HERE.