BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)– Postal workers and others are asking to save several smaller post offices and one distribution center in Maine from closing.
Many people including United States Representative Michael Michaud rallied near the Bangor Post office. They want the United States Postal Service to cancel plans to close smaller post offices and to keep the Hampden distribution center open.
Public, politicians, union members rally in Bangor for U.S. Postal Service
BANGOR, Maine — Exactly 219 years ago, President George Washington signed a bill into law creating the United States Postal Service.
A crowd of about 70 people, including U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and other politicians, noted that anniversary Monday morning at a rally on behalf of the postal service and the area’s mail processing center.
The Presidents’ Day rally to save the U.S. Postal Service, held near the Bangor post office on Hammond Street, was organized by retired Ellsworth letter carrier John Curtis to urge passage of legislation pending in Congress to help ease financial restrictions on the USPS and avert the downsizing of the Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Facility in Hampden and further cuts in service to trim $20 billion in operating costs by 2015.
“We don’t want a bailout. We just want to get the mail out,” read a few of the signs hoisted high by rally attendees, many of whom were union members or postal employees.