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Postal Workers Protest Halting Saturday Delivery

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Richmond, VA—With the threat of Saturday mail delivery being threatened, postal workers in central Virginia and across the country are coming together to protest the possible change.

A proposal would discontinue all deliveries on Saturdays, except for packages. A protest movement called "Delivering for America" has emerged in an effort to stamp out the proposal.

On Sunday, mail carriers from all over central Virginia gathered in downtown Richmond.

Attendees shouted "Don't let Donahue disobey! We deliver mail on Saturday!" as dozens of local postal workers sent a clear message to the Postmaster General.

Some carriers, like Gail Burton-Jones, are in shock over the proposal.

"It's very upsetting. When I came in 30 years ago, it was a great place to work. You felt secure in your job. But now, you just don't know," Burton-Jones says.

Other protestor s don't only feel the prospect of ending Saturday deliveries is a bad idea, they feel it will lead to more cuts.

"I think eventually he may see the need to do three days. Or less. I think this is going to be the beginning of the end of the postal service," says postal worker Thelma Hunt.

Small businesses that operate on weekends would be hurt by the absence of Saturday mail, say the postal workers. The group also fears rising shipping costs and delayed mail…all as a result of cutting out Saturday delivery.

Folks who don't have internet access will also be put at a disadvantage by the possible change, say protesters.

"I have family living in rural VA. They don't have internet. They need that mail delivery on Saturday," one worker told 8News.

As the protest continued downtown, passing drivers gave several honks of support, which encouraged the workers, even as they battled sleet and cold winds for their message.

"I think it's wonderful. It's not a very pretty day, but letter carriers are used to working in this. It's no big deal for us."

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