ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Neither, rain, sleet or snow will keep letter carriers from holding an informational picket outside the main Post Office on Market Street in downtown St. Louis Sunday afternoon.

The purpose — to inform people about how the U.S. Postal Service could avoid cutting Saturday delivery and the impact that will have on communities nationwide.

Bill Lister President of Branch 343 of the Letter Carriers Union say financial problems started when Congress mandated the Postal Service pre-fund health benefits for future retirees, 75 years in advance.

“It put the postal service in a very difficult position,” said Lister.  “We find ourselves having to spend up to 5.5 billion dollars a year on this pre-funding mandate. That has caused us many many financial problems.”

Financial problems, which Lister says can be easily fixed by congress.

Senator Claire McCaskill, who opposes eliminating Saturday deliveries, says she has been trying to get cost saving numbers from the Postmaster General, with no results.

Earlier this week the United States House of Representatives passed the continuing resolution on the budget.

“That budget as it has been for the past thirty years contains the language, ‘they will continue with six day delivery,'” said Lister.

Sunday’s picket is from 1- 3:00 p.m.


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