Post office workers rally at State Capitol

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 9:42pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 10:24am

Mail carriers and post office workers rallied in support of a congressional bill that could help save jobs.

More than a dozen postal workers were in downtown Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Sept. 27, trying to raise awareness to, what they say, is a flaw in the system.

Since 2006, the U.S. Postal Service has been pre-funding future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years, and it has cost the system about $5 billion a year.

Now, a proposed bill in Congress would allow the postal service to take back that money to protect against looming job cuts and consolidations.

If the bill doesn't pass, workers say there are a number of things that could happen, including shutting down Saturday mail delivery, closing more offices, or laying off up to 120,000 postal workers to cut costs.

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