OKLAHOMA CITY – Postal workers across the country rallied Sunday against the postmaster general’s decision to end Saturday deliveries.
Three of those rallies were held in Oklahoma in Tulsa, Lawton and Oklahoma City.
“We decided to get together and do a rally to show that Oklahomans support six-day mail delivery,” David Miller, with the group Oklahomans For Six-Day Delivery.
Miller, a former mail carrier who now works for the union, said there were about 50 or 60 people at the Oklahoma City rally at the Village Post Office.
He said about half were postal employees and half were local business and civic leaders and just concerned citizens.
Miller says the postmaster general’s plan to end Saturday delivery will not save money as promised.
“By reducing to five-day delivery from six-day, we would actually lose money because they’re not forecasting the loss of revenue from businesses and customers who rely on our unique service delivery,” he said.
Miller said many rural Oklahoma businesses will suffer by cutting a delivery day and it will have an employment impact.
“We’re the nation’s largest employer of veterans and we have over 40,000 disabled veterans that work for us,” Miller said. “So by reducing our job force, it reduces the opportunity for veterans who are looking for work outside the service to find work.”
The postmaster general has said cutting Saturday deliveries would save $2 billion a year.
But those who rallied Sunday said that’s simply not the answer.
“Saving money in the postal service is not done by cutting service, it’s starting legislatively,” Miller said. “They need to give us a business model that we can grow in today’s market.”
Miller said they may plan another local rally and they’re looking at the possibility of one big rally in Washington D.C. at postal headquarters.
The postal service had planned to end Saturday delivery of first class mail in August.
But last week, Congress passed legislation requiring six-day delivery.
That legislation has been sent on to President Obama.