GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The political fight to save Saturday mail delivery brought dozens of postal workers to protest in downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday. The protest outside of the Grand Rapids post office on Michigan was part of a nationwide effort, to oppose a plan to cut service from six days a week to five.
Monday through Saturday, they deliver everyone else's mail, but on this Sunday, postal workers came with their own message.
"The Postmaster General is trying to eliminate Saturday delivery and we are not in favor of that," says Patricia Bates, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Lansing chapter.
"Ourconcern is that it would be the end of the post office," says Gary Smith, President of the NALC, Grand Rapids chapter.
"It is a slippery slope, itcould be four days a week, three days a week, and then eliminate the post office as we know it," says Bates.
"I get it on the route all the time, 'Oh you're not delivering mail on Saturday anymore', we want to let them know that's not true, we're not giving up on Saturdays," says Smith.
The postal workers protesting came from Mid and West Michigan, from East Lansing to Muskegon.
Some of them say they deliver critical items on Saturdays.
"I had one lady that was waiting for her medicine and I took it to her as soon as I found her, because she'd been waiting for two days," says postal worker, Jamie Nichols.
Another postal worker at the rally, won a national award for saving a woman in a medical emergency.
"She had been lying on her floor for three days, one more day and she wouldn't have made it," says Debbie Czarny.
Some hold congress responsible for the budget woes. Specifically, a requirement to pre-pay health benefits for future retirees.
"It costsus $5.5 billion a year, for people we haven't even hired yet," says Smith.
WZZM 13 asked if there was a failure by the post office to keep up with technology.
"I thinkin some ways we've been behind the eight ball, but if we eliminate Saturday delivery, it's cutting our nose to spite our face," says Bates.
"I see this as giving up and throwing in the towel, I don't think that's necessary yet," says Smith.
Currently, there is a six month extension on Saturday delivery, but union representatives say that's not good enough. They want a permanent solution. There was one other similar protest in Michigan on Sunday, in the Detroit area.