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Postal workers protest changes

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Postal workers rallied at Rep. James Lankford's Oklahoma City Office Tuesday afternoon. They were speaking out against proposed postal changes such as eliminating Saturday mail, cutting retirement benefits and closing some post offices.

Local Letter Carrier Union President David Miller said it will affect many Americans.

"By closing post offices, it could force people in rural areas to drive 25 minutes just to deliver a letter."

Postal employees around the country joined in what was called a "Day of Action to Save America's Postal Service."  

They want Washington to hear their concerns.

They contend that post office money problems stem from a requirement they pre-fund future retiree health benefits.

They say Washington needs to change that.

The U-S Postal Service issued this statement, "These are challenging times for the Postal Service and its employees as we work to make the necessary changes to our business model that will provide mail service for the nation for many decades to come."

Those at the rally, like postal worker Paulette Anderson, said what they do is so much more than just mail.

"I feel like the post office is the heartbeat of America and we've always been." 

The Reform Act is still being considered by the US House.

It has not made it to a vote yet.


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