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Maine Postal Workers Protest Proposed Delivery Cuts
03/25/2013 11:32 AM ET  

The postal workers say that eliminating six-day delivery would be harmful to Maine communities, small businesses and the elderly.

Postal workers in Portland and Caribou held rallies yesterday to protest the proposed elimination of six-day delivery.

Portland letter carrier Mark Terry says the postal workers are trying to get the attention of politicians. He says most of the postal service's financial problems are due to legislation passed in 2006.

Terry says Congress required the postal service to pre-fund health benefits for retirees for 75 years into the future. He says no other federal agency or private industry faces that mandate.

"We're already pre-funded in our retirement better than most companies are and better than most other parts of the government are," he says. "So it's really unneeded, and it's unfair. It's the only agency that has this burden on them, and it's really creating a lot of havoc."

The postal workers say that eliminating six-day delivery would be harmful to Maine communities, small businesses and the elderly.

This story was reported by Samantha Fields and written by Ed Morin.  

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