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Postal workers rally to save Saturday mail delivery

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Nor rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor hail are supposed to keep the post office from delivering the mail. But if the Postmaster General gets his way, the day of the week could keep letter carriers at home. In an effort to save money, he wants to get rid of Saturday mail delivery.

Postal workers do not want that to happen, so they protested across the country and in the Midstate Sunday.

The Postmaster General is calling for five-day mail delivery beginning August 5th. Postal workers rallied at the Lower Paxton Township post office to let people know that is not a done deal.

The Postmaster General cannot make that decision, it is something the government has to approve.

In fact, Congress voted to keep Saturday delivery. The legislature is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature. But even then, that will only fund Saturday delivery through September.

Postal workers rallied for more support because if the government cuts Saturday delivery, 40,000 to 80,000 postal workers will lose their jobs.

"There's a lot of emotion. We're talking about people's livelihoods and about people's ability to be in the middle class -- that's what these jobs do," said Rick Bloomingdale, President of PA AFL-CO.

"We're out here of course, for our jobs. But we're also out here for America because it's their postal service and they have the right to get their mail delivered to their doorstep six days a week, said Darrel Vance, a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Harrisburg.

He said many rely on Saturday delivery, like small business owners and people who receive their prescriptions through the mail.

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