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Cape Girardeau postal workers picket to save Saturday delivery

Monday, September 20, 2010 ~ Updated 12:12 PM
In an effort to save Saturday mail delivery, members of the local American Postal Workers Union talked with customers and distributed flyers Monday at Cape Girardeau's downtown post office on Frederick Street.

When people can't get their prescription medications or the latest DVD rental in their mailbox on Saturday, they'll turn to other higher priced delivery services, said Greg Davidson, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 4088.

"Any short-term savings will be eclipsed by loss of revenue and long term consequences for the postal service," Davidson said. "Businesses are going to be affected too."

According to the The United States Postal Service's website, volume losses are leading to a projected $238 billion shortfall during the next decade.

The postal service is planning to stop Saturday delivery in fiscal year 2011, but this move is contingent on Congress not passing legislation to prevent this change in service.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, is one of 246 co-sponsors of House Resolution 173 which opposes the postal service's plans to go to five day delivery.

"It is largely symbolic in that it mostly just gives a position and doesn't actually create a law," Davidson said. "What it can do is to quash any legislative move to approve the plan."

Monday's picket was part of a nationwide effort by the postal workers union to educate people on the potential consequences of stopping Saturday mail service.

Stopping mail service on Saturdays will hurt businesses already struggling in this fragile economy, Davidson said. Postal workers union members wouldn't immediately see any cuts in pay or job losses, but fear those could happen in the future if Saturday delivery stops, he said.

Pertinent address:

320 N. Frederick St., Cape Girardeau, MO

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No Saturday mail delivery? They've already raised the price of stamps several times over the last few years to accomodate the postal service for "high gas prices" and other things. I say I'm already paying for future Saturday delivery every time I mail a letter. Next thing you know some wiseguy will be find a way to charge for every email you send.

-- Posted by taxpayer on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 12:37 PM

Will I still be able to get my email and text messages on Saturday?

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 12:38 PM

It comes as no surprise that the US POSAL SERVICE is in financial trouble and has been for many years. Discontinuing Saturday deliver is a great idea and would save billions! I think that is a no brainer and politicians should not give into to the union on this issue. If in the future the postal service can get by with less employees and become self sufficient because of discontinuing saturday service WE SHOULD ALL BE FOR IT.

Another reason why I will NOT SUPPORT Jo ann Emerson!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 12:40 PM

According to information from CNBC, the anticipated 2010 US Post Office deficit as of the end of this month (September) will be $1.26 trillion. I was not able to determine how much of this deficit is represented by unfunded pension liabilities due the union postal employees. Rather than keeping an open mind to every possible cost-cutting measure the local postal union has the gall to picket in protest stopping Saturday mail delivery. And the best argument the union makes is the delivery of medicine and DVD rentals? This "protest" should infuriate every taxpayer.

-- Posted by John Cochran on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 1:24 PM

The post office saturday delivery is like the cardinals chances trying to make the postseason.. "THEY GONE"

-- Posted by semostudent08 on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 1:27 PM

What's next....the SE Manurian no longer offering a Saturday edition? Oh, wait.......

-- Posted by RedShirt on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 1:32 PM

Wow, I can't believe everybody agrees on this. So make a call to your representative and tell her to let it go.

Postal union? There's more of us than there is of them, and WE're paying their inflated salaries.

This may be news to the union, but I'm already using other services whenever possible.

-- Posted by Maynard on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 1:58 PM

Oh god this is too funny! I want to reply to each comment but am laughing too hard. Well, maybe one. Yes bobby 62914, you can get your email and text messages on Saturday but not your govmt. check or the $20.00 bucks grandma sent you for your birthday. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Iliketoeat on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 2:16 PM

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