Rally To Support America's Postal Service

By Maureen Mespell

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 8:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A wave of blue engulfed the country Tuesday as United States Postal Workers in every Congressional district in America rallied in support of House Resolution 1351.

In Fort Wayne, more than 100 supporters held signs and chanted on the step's of the Federal Building.

Currently, the USPS is required to pre-fund 75 years of health benefits for retirees within a ten year time span amounting to $5.5 billion each year.

Supporters say HR 1351 would give USPS more control over spending saving money and reducing the need to cut jobs, end Saturday delivery, and close post offices.

David Miller, US Postal Service, Former Pres. ISALC says, "Allow us to re-amateurize this payment. We think pre-funding is a good thing, but we need to repay at a fair rate while we're in a bad economy and allow the Postal Service to survive without closing doors and without losing jobs."

While HR 1351 currently remains in sub-committee, HR 2301 which includes more controversial cost cutting measures passed a House sub-committee on September 21st.

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