ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexicans from Albuquerque to Las Vegas took part in a nationwide rally, urging the U.S. Postal Service to continue delivering mail six days a week.
It is in response to the USPS announcement last month that it is planning to cut services to save money.
It has local letter carriers worried about losing their jobs.
USPS has said it wouldn't lay off workers, but some local letter carriers are still worried.
Dozens of labor leaders, letter carriers and friends rallied at Central Ave NE and Alvarado Dr NE outside an Albuquerque Post Office Sunday.
They are protesting against the postmaster general's announcement last month that, starting in August, USPS will deliver first-class mail five days a week instead of six.
"It would be irresponsible for the Postal Service not to pursue this course. We are in a position where we have to make some tough choices and decisions," says CEO Patrick Donahoe said in February.
He said USPS will not layoff workers but, instead, cut part-time and over-time hours and offer buy-outs to some employees.
Workers protesting are still nervous.
"We are trying to save everybody's job," says Pearl McReynolds, a city delivery carrier in Santa Fe.
Many of the postal workers we spoke with have been with USPS for more than ten years, but as the Postal Service continues to cut, they continue to worry about the future for them and their families.
"An average wage at top scale is $59,000 a year. That's significant. You eliminate a $59,000 job, not to mention 100 of them, you would have a huge impact on our economy," says John Trujillo with the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Protesters say this isn't the right answer, especially for New Mexico.
"We believe New Mexico is a small economy that will be dependent on Saturday delivery. I know for a fact my grandmother waits for the mailman every day, as many New Mexicans do—waiting for medication, waiting for checks in the mail," Trujillo says.
USPS says the change only applies to first-class mail. Packages will still be delivered on Saturday.
USPS says its current plan could save the Postal Service $2 billion a year.
Congress passed legislation this week requiring six-day delivery, but some lawmakers say the language is vague and might not prevent USPS from making the change.
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