Posted: Mar 25, 2013 11:52 AM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
HELENA - Letter carriers and other federal government employees came out in Helena on Sunday to rally against federal cuts and sequestration.
"Today was a good day for letter carriers to assemble, because it's the only day they all have off," said Randy Rabas with the Montana Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
That could change if the U.S. Postal Service cuts back to five-day a week delivery, a move that could eliminate some 20,000 to 30,000 jobs nationwide, according to organizers of Sunday's event.
Rabas, the head of the Montana Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers came from Billings on Sunday, and says its more than just jobs on the line.
"And we out here today, we're just were Montanans. Were no different than the rest of you. We may be employed by the postal service, but we also get serviced by the postal service. We want to maintain six-day delivery service nationwide, as we know it," he said.
Other federal employees showed up to voice their opinion on sequestration and furloughs to remind the government and the public of the impacts.
"We're federal employees...we have faces, that we're being impacted severely by the actions of Congress, or inaction of Congress basically," stated Bruce Henderson with American Federation of Government Employees.
They have one resounding message for everyone who has something at stake with these federal cuts.
"Get rid of the apathy and get out and do something to, you know, as a federal employee. Get out and do something. Don't sit on your haunches," Henderson advised.
The U.S Postal Service is planning to end their Saturday letter service in August, but will still deliver packages on Saturdays.