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Postal Service employees rally

Postal Service rally in Carbondale. Postal Service rally in Carbondale.
Postal Service rally in Carbondale. Postal Service rally in Carbondale.
Postal Service rally in Carbondale. Postal Service rally in Carbondale.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A group opposed to cuts in the U.S. Postal Service planed rallies in Cape Girardeau and Carbondale Tuesday.

According to the group, "Save America's Postal Service" Tuesday has been designated by postal employees as a day of action to inform the public about what's at stake for people and businesses if post offices and distribution centers are closed.

While the postal service does acknowledge financial problems, they say it is misleading.

Numerous post offices have closed, and several rural offices in the Heartland, including some distribution centers, may be on the chopping block if cuts have to be made.

But Audrey Humes, president of the Missouri Rural Letter Carriers Association, says the problem isn't the postal service, it's Congress.

She claims the $20 billion in losses you've heard about comes from a congressional mandate to pre-pay for future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years.

She says the postal service is paying for the benefits of people who haven't been born yet.

And she says Congress can fix the problem without cutting jobs by eliminating the pre-pay requirement.

"We are the only government agency that has to pre-fund our health benefits for retirees," Humes said. "We feel that would give us the financial stability to remain the important fixture we are in the American community."

The rally is Tuesday at the federal building on Independence Street in Cape Girardeau from 4-5:30 p.m.

There was also a rally in Carbondale at the Carbondale City Pavilion at Route 13 and Highway 51.

Members of the US Postal Service union are rallying there to gain support to keep the post office running.

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