By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – A lone letter carrier was the only person who showed up for a rally in Tupelo on Tuesday, a day that postal unions across the nation designated to help “Save America’s Postal Service.”
Sherrie Crain, a 12-year employee of the USPS, drove two and a half hours from Cleveland to attend the event in downtown Tupelo. She said it was an informational line and not a protest.
“It’s important,” she said, standing outside the post office on Main Street. “We’re really supporting six-day delivery.”
The USPS has suggested doing away with Saturday delivery as a way to cut costs in an agency that is struggling financially. But, Crain said, one in five letter carriers would lose their jobs if Saturday delivery was cut.
The better solution, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers, is for Congress to pass H.R. 1351, which would lower the amount of money the USPS has to save each year for future retirement benefits.
The goal of “Save America’s Postal Service” was to rally in front of the home office of each U.S. House member. There was some confusion about the location of the Tupelo event, but in the end, only Crain showed up.
“I don’t think anyone’s going to be here today,” she said, as she got back into her car. “I was really hoping to see some other folks.”