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Postal workers rally across country to save the USPS

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PASCO, Wash. -- The US Postal Service has struggled financially for years, but some postal workers say it's not because of a lack of business. They say a government mandate is to blame.  Several postal workers and different Unions gathered in Pasco for a rally today. They're also holding  rallies all across the country trying to change a federal mandate from 2006.

They say congress is forcing the postal service to spend $5.5 billion dollars a year to pay for a forced retiree health fund.  They say without this mandate.the postal service would have actually turned a profit over the past four years.
Robert Scherr, who works at the Pasco Processing Center Postal Office and is with the National Association of Letter Carriers says the trouble has nothing to do with fewer people mailing letters using their services.

NBC Right Now contacted Congressman Doc Hastings office Tuesday.. His staff says Hastings will be meeting with the postal workers union sometime next week to discuss a proposed bill, House Resolution 1351 which could change this mandate.