GREEN BAY - Letter carriers sent a message Sunday afternoon: Save Saturday mail service.
"We believe it is essential and we believe it should be universal and six days a week," said Patrick VanEgeren.
Members of the local postal worker's union gathered outside the post office in Green Bay to picket.
Similar rallies were held around the country in response to the postal service's decision to limit regular delivery to Monday through Friday.
Drivers passing by the Post Office on Packerland Drive showed support for protesting postal workers.
"The postal service touches everyone and affects everyone. It's a community rally, in a sense," said VanEgeren.
"I can't see getting rid of six-day delivery. What are we supposed to do, let UPS take it over?" said Leona Rondau, a retired postal worker, who protested next to her daughter, a current letter carrier.
The United States Postal Service says it lost $16 billion last year.
In February, the private entity announced it would stop letter service on Saturdays, but continue parcel service.
That could save $2 billion.
Local workers say nationwide, 80,000 jobs could be lost.
But just how many positions would be cut in Northeast Wisconsin remains unclear.
"We don't think you need to downsize the service to maintain what we have," said VanEgeren.
Postal workers at this rally say going Monday through Friday with services will harm local businesses. So FOX 11 talked to some small local businesses to see what they had to say.
"It won't affect us at all," said Phillip Doran, the co-owner of Rock N' Roll Land record store in Green Bay. "Fliers and all of that stuff is online, social networking and emailing."
Doran says with a little planning, businesses can avoid Saturday hassles.
"We do mailers and packages and things like that quite a bit. It's usually during the week though most of our stuff goes out, or if we do get things delivered to us, it's on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday," said Doran.
Some at the demonstration say for those who don't have the Internet for online bill paying, losing Saturday mail service could hurt.
"Especially for us older folks. We don't have a computer, and even if we did we wouldn't know how to use it," said Rondau.
For those who support Saturday service, there is a small window of hope.
Congress passed a new spending bill on Thursday that would prevent the postal service from stopping Saturday mail. It has yet to be signed by the president.
The vote in Congress to keep Saturday service was not unanimous.
FOX 11 reached out to our legislators to see how they voted. We did not receive a response.
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