Posted: Sep 27, 2011 9:20 PM by John Romero
Updated: Sep 28, 2011 3:11 AM
Thousands of postal workers all over the country rally to save their jobs. In Colorado Springs their slogan was "No Bailout, Just get the mail out". All of this comes as jobs are threatened and offices are closing with increased competition and more people using on line services.
Last year alone, it reported an $8.5 billion dollar loss. The postal service is also in danger of defaulting on $5.5 billion dollar payment into the future retiree health benefits fund. That payment is required as part of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. Postal workers say the bill hurt business. "Had that bill not passed, the Postal Service, even in today's worst economy would have had a profit of $600,000,000. We're still a viable organization." explains Chuck Bader, the Treasurer for the local American Postal Workers Union.
Postal workers are looking to a new house bill, 1351, to help. The current fund they are paying in to has a surplus. They say that surplus can put the post office back in the black. "All we're asking for is to get that back to put the Post Office back on track where it will keep the jobs going and keep the Post Office afloat for another 15 years." explains postal worker Karen Westbrook.
With over 120,000 jobs nationally and numerous post offices including some in Southern Colorado on the line, Westbrook and he fellow employees say it's time for a change. "If you lose the main Post Office here in Colorado Springs, it's going to make a huge impact on the delivery system." she says, "We need to keep Colorado Springs alive."