Rally to keep six-day mail service alive sends message to Congress

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POSTED: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:21pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 8:45am

Postal service workers across the country rallied together on Sunday to protect mail service from being suspended on Saturdays.

Father and son duo, Cory and Carrol Champagne both work for the U.S. Postal Service in Houma, and now they are standing up and speaking out to keep six-day mail service alive.

“It’s important, because a lot of people depend on six-day delivery. A lot of people want their mail on Saturdays; a lot of people want their packages on Saturdays - bills on Saturdays,  too;  to send their checks out on Saturday," said Cory Champagne.

Right now, there is a possibility of mail delivery on Saturdays being eliminated, which is frustrating to employees.

“A lot of people have the wrong idea about Saturday delivery. They think they will be taking away our overtime, but its not. We deliver six days a week, but only work five days a week,” said Carrol Champagne.

Not only would employees like Carrol and Cory be affected, the whole nation would feel the effects.

“It will affect the elderly - it will affect the seniors - because they don’t have access to the internet in rural areas. We will all be affected by this,” said USPS employee, Mary Wells.

People from across the region are joining together to inform the public that the impact of cutting out Saturday deliveries will be much grater than anticipated.

Employees like Cory, who is only five years into his career, don't want to see the future of his company slowly start to diminish. 

“I’m hoping that the public will react before its too late," noted Cory Champagne.

People traveled to Baton Rouge from Houma, Lafayette and New Iberia for the rally Sunday. The final decision on eliminating Saturday mail service will come after the legislative session next month.

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