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U.S. Postal Service union employees plan to rally in Indiana on Tuesday to warn about the impact of proposed cuts.

Rallies are scheduled to take place across the state in support of the United States Postal Service.

Organizers from the AFL-CIO say the rally is part of a national effort seeking support for congressional action to shore up the struggling agency.

The unions will rally from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in 13 different Indiana locations, including all nine congressional districts.

The postal service lost $8.5 billion last year and is facing more red ink as fewer people and businesses use traditional mail. The postal service has proposed closing as many as 3,700 local offices across the country.

In Indianapolis, rallies are scheduled for branches at 8900 Keystone at the Crossing and 300 East Fall Creek Parkway.

Nearly 100 Indiana post offices are included in the U.S. Postal Service's list of facilities it will review as it looks to cut costs.

Some sites might be replaced by stores, libraries or government offices that offer postal services.

Most of the targeted sites are in rural areas and have low volume. The list does not include any branches in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

The postal service currently operates nearly 32,000 retail outlets across the country.

 

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  • FIRE 50% of the POSTAL WORKERS
    If this were a private business (i.e. Taken over by FEDX) this would happen. With the rampant increase in online billpay, corporate procurement cards and general decreases in regular mail we would get mail Monday, Wednesday and Friday in my neighborhood and other neighborhoods would see delivery on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. The bulk mail jackwagons can get their rates boosted instead of Joe Citizen subsidizing a system for them thru massive postal losses.

    The government workers need to start getting a sex change operation like the rest have had to endure in the private sector.

    No private company would deliver mail 5 or 6 days a week. If a business wanted 5 day a week delivery then charge them a fee for the daily service.
  • More Jobs Gone
    How is this going to help create more jobs? Once again, jobs are being cut not created. For every job you cut you must create 2 jobs or you can't cut them. Enough is enough with cutting jobs.
  • treat it like a real business
    They have two options - or a combination of both. They can either raise postal rates or cut costs and increase efficiencies --like any other business. The fact that the unions have lobbied for and created the unsustainable pension shouldn't cause the taxpayers to bear any of the burden
  • Mail usage
    the reason USPS revenie has declined is because citizens - busines and personal -are not purchasing stamps because they do not mail letters. they use email. Are the AFL_CIO folks going to quit uisng email and start buying stamps to mail their letters? If not, they seem to asking the taxpayer to provide a service that they themselves do not to support by being a customer.
  • What Line of Business
    I'm just curious, jj, what type of business do you run that is so dependent on mail delivery?
  • what are the ramifications
    I a small business person that depends on the mail. The lack of mail on Saturday would mean I might as well close for the day.
    Any more ideas to stop business?

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