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A postal workers union is planning a rally in Charleston to protest proposals to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

The public rally is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kanawha City Post Office. It's being promoted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.



The US Postal service recently announced its plans to cancel some Saturday mail deliveries, a move that would have saved the system around $2 billion a year but Thursday, Congress passed a measure that requires USPS to continue 6-day-mail delivery. 

"The Internet has taken a lot of business from us, it definitely worries me," US Postal Service Worker Bruce McGlone said.  
McGlone has worked for USPS for more than 20 years and says that he has personally been effected by the shift from postal mail to e-mail.
As a result of that shift, the now struggling US Postal Service planned on cutting some losses by canceling some Saturday mail deliveries. 
"Even with no Saturday delivery, window service would still be open so it wouldn't affect the customers," McGlone said.
The move would have, however, saved USPS $2 billion each year but it was just shot down by congress, despite polls that show a majority of the public supported the shift to Mon thru Friday delivery service.
"I rarely go to the Post Office on Saturday, one day isn't going to kill me," Ricky Bragg said.
"I can't even think of anyone that I know that ships things on weekends," Marini Tabrard said.  "I think they should cancel it right now, they're clearly already in enough debt."
USPS now warns, if it isn't allowed to alter its delivery schedule and the estimated $25 million dollars a day losses continue, by 2017, tax payers will have fund a $47 million bailout.
"I already give enough of my tax dollars away," Tabrard said.
"I don't like it, that's what's wrong with this country we keep on spending money that we don't have," Bragg added.
Lawmakers and trade groups said the initial plan to cut postal service on Saturday was illegal, because Congress approval is necessary before USPS makes any schedule changes.