Postal workers continue hunger strike against proposed delivery cuts

Despite most of Congress leaving town for the holidays, postal workers
are continuing a hunger strike protesting legislation to save the
United States Postal Service (USPS) through budget cuts.

The hunger strike began Tuesday and is expected to end late Saturday,
according to The Washington Post.

{mosads}Six former and current postal workers, part of a group called
Communities and Postal Workers United, are calling the strike “six
days starving to save six-day delivery.” Their goal is to stop
Congress from reducing postal delivery to five days a week.

“We have to be on guard, to raise awareness and pressure the
decision-makers as they wrangle back-room deals,” group spokesman
Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier from Portland, said in a

The same small, grassroots group staged a hunger strike in June to
protest legislation proposed to overhaul the service.

The agency lost $16 billion in fiscal year 2012, and needs to cut around
$22.5 billion from its annual budget by 2016.

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One top proposal, to reduce postal delivery days in order to reduce
expenses at the cash-strapped USPS, would also cut letter carrier
jobs. According to the protesters, as many as 80,000
postal jobs could be lost.

Congress has been unable to pass postal reform measures and the
House and the Senate are in recess until after Christmas.

This week, the group targeted President Obama and Rep.
Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for endorsing legislation that would cut
postal delivery to five days a week.

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