Members of four postal employee unions rallied outside the Federal Building in Downtown Akron Tuesday afternoon in an effort to save postal branches in the area and throughout the nation.
The rally in Downtown Akron was part of a nationwide effort to encourage Congress to pass H.R. 1351, which could help to save critical Post office funding.
Daniel Toth is the National Letter Carriers Association national business agent for Ohio. He says two studies have shown the Postal Service is overpaying annually to the civil service pension fund between 50 and $75 billion. He says congress could end the overpayments and funnel the money to reduce the Post Office's big budget deficit.
Toth believes the Postal Service could realize a profit if it wasn't overpaying into the pension fund.
The letter carriers oppose the closing and consolidation of mail processing and distribution centers in Akron-Canton and across the country, and the end of Saturday mail delivery.
Daniel Toth believes the Postal Service can rebound with increasing parcel delivery service when the economy recovers.