On Saturday, nearly two dozen U.S. Postal Service employees rallied in front of the main post office on Fayette Street. The protest was in response to a potential layoff that will affect approximately 100 jobs.
Signs read: “Save America’s Postal Service” and “Customers First.” As workers verbally expressed their frustration, drivers honked their horns to show support.
Rachel Walthall, an American Postal Workers Union officer, said workers received internal letters earlier this month, warning them of potential cuts to vacant positions. Walthall was employed with the Postal Service for 24 years.
She said the impact of the cuts would force workers to change shifts and locations, resulting in delayed mail delivery.
“We’re concerned employees; our job is to service the customer,” Walthall said. “When we took the oath to become postal employees, it was to make sure that we gave the customers the best service. But, we know the cuts in jobs will affect the customer.”
In the Baltimore region, the job cuts would not take effect until October 1, which is when the upcoming fiscal year begins, union officials said. Union officials are asking residents to contact the postmaster general and members of Congress to oppose any job cuts.
There is no secret that USPS has been challenged financially for the past few years. Even with a recent increase in shipping prices, the agency still reported a quarterly loss of $562 million in May. The agency blamed the loss on retiree health care obligations and fewer first-class mailings.
The agency reported operating revenue of $17.3 billion, a reduction of nearly $475 million compared to the same period last year.