Postal workers across the United States and right here in Texoma are hitting the streets to raise awareness of a measure that could save the U.S. Postal Service. The postal workers say they have a first step to fixing the agency's budget woes. Postal Workers say that fix is House Resolution 1351.
H.R. 1351 would reverse a 2006 law that requires the Postal Service to pre-fund 75 years of retirement. Workers say the requirement is causing the service to lose $85M in operating funds.
The workers took to Kemp Boulevard in front of the Chase Building in Wichita Falls to hold a rally Tuesday afternoon. "We're out here to inform people what's going on. Trying to get a bill pushed through Congress," said National Association of Letter Carriers Congressional District Liaison Keith Deason.
The group wore T-shirts and held signs asking the public for support of the resolution. They also circulated a petition to try and get the attention of US Congressman Mac Thornberry.
Deason said the bill would help the service. "We won't have to close post offices, cut pay any kind of services or anything like that. As far as the Post Office making money, we do make money. Over the past 4 years we've made $44M," he said.