Tacoma postal workers will rally Friday to protest proposed cutbacks

Rain, sleet, hail and snow may not deter the delivery of mail, but those who manage the U.S. Postal Service just might.

Postal unions will stage a rally Friday, Nov. 14 to “send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahue and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.”

According to a release Thursday, the American Postal Workers Union, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association will meet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Processing and Delivery Center at 4001 S. Pine St.

The purpose of the rally is to protest proposed cuts scheduled to go into effect in January across the country.

According to union activists, proposed cutbacks in mail processing operations at the Tacoma center will “eliminate approximately 200 jobs and end the public’s overnight first-class mail service even within the same Zip Code.”

Rallies also will be held Friday in the state at postal centers in Seattle and Wenatchee.