Postal workers go on hunger strike to protest cuts in service
PASCO, Wash. -- Three postal workers are using a hunger strike to raise awareness about funding cuts and reductions at the U.S. Postal Service.
They've been traveling across the state, and their movement stopped in Pasco Tuesday night.
Their march is in response to the postmaster general's plans to close half of the country's sorting plants, and reduce delivery of first class mail in certain areas across the state including Pasco.
Hunger strikers say a 2006 congressional mandate to pre fund 75 years of retiree health benefits is the cause.
"So all we're asking is congress to reduce that amount of aggressive pre-funding and make it so that the post office can survive without these drastic cuts of closing post offices, closing mail facilities and basically delaying the mail," explains Clint Burelson, a postal worker in Olympia.
The workers hope to raise awareness to the public to pressure their congress person to restore funding.
Their strike continues in Wenatchee Wednesday and wraps up Thursday in Seattle.