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.
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