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Postal workers rally against cuts

City and rural mail carriers rallied against Postal Service cuts, especially any jobs. City and rural mail carriers rallied against Postal Service cuts, especially any jobs.
The group in Cape Girardeau stood along Independence outside the Federal Building, and Senator Claire McCaskill's office, to join the nationwide movement of other workers rallying outside senators' offices The group in Cape Girardeau stood along Independence outside the Federal Building, and Senator Claire McCaskill's office, to join the nationwide movement of other workers rallying outside senators' offices
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

City and rural mail carriers rallied against Postal Service cuts, especially any jobs.

The group in Cape Girardeau stood along Independence outside the Federal Building, and Senator Claire McCaskill's office, to join the nationwide movement of other workers rallying outside senators' offices.

The workers encouraged drivers to honk and wave to support their cause.

The postal service announced at the end of February, it will close the mail processing and distribution centers in Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, and Paducah.

The postal service is expected to lose about $14 billion dollars this year, and says it needs to make cuts. But, the workers at the rally said they don't want it to be in the form of a service day to customers, or job cuts. They say it will be detrimental to the postal service.

City mail carrier Thomas Bolen said the postal delivery is important to the customers, and workers.

"Whenever we put on the uniform and we go door to door and we see the familiar faces it means more to the city carriers than what maybe they realize," said Bolen.

"People don't use the postal service like they used to but as a rural carrier, I have many customers that rely on me to come by every day," said rural mail carrier Audrey Humes.

Humes says she thinks the postal service needs to look at other things they can cut, before cutting service to the customers.

"How do you explain that you cut service to the people, but you want them to keep coming back," said Humes.

"The one thing that we have to offer is service, and it's almost like they're trying to take it away," Bolen.

Humes said there's a tough battle ahead, but they haven't given up hope on fighting for the cause.

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