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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee -(WDEF) During a time of budget cuts and financial uncertainty, postal workers in Chattanooga and Knoxville said The U.S. Postal service is facing the worst crisis in it's history.
On Sunday afternoon, several dozen postal workers along with their family and friends held a rally outside Chattanooga's main post office. Postal workers like Tammia Sneed said the concern was over proposed job cuts and the elimination of deliveries on Saturday.
"We're going to loose revenue. We're going to loose business. It's going to be a never ending scenario until there's going to be more cuts and more jobs lost and more loss of service to the public," Sneed said.
The financial crisis in the U.S., caused by a great recession and a national deficit has led to a congressional mandate for massive service cuts. Postal workers are feeling the pinch after it was announced that more than 22,000 jobs would be eliminated and more than 35,000 jobs would be impacted.
Knoxville postal worker Pam Branden and her husband both work for the postal service and they were both part of the rally. The couple was left wondering if they will have a job once the cuts take effect.
"It's extremely frustrating not knowing about our futures and our job security," said Pam Branden as she held a sign illustrating her frustration.
The Branden Family isn't alone. Knoxville resident Amy Weaver's husband also works for the postal service and she's worried his job will be eliminated.
"There's a job to be done and it makes no sense to keep people from doing it when they want to do it and they want to do it for an honest wage. It makes no sense what so ever to keep them from doing it," Weaver said.
Postal workers may not be the only people feeling the affects of cut backs on the postal service. Eliminating delivery service to only five days a week may mean getting a check or important document in the mail box much later than expected.
"Businesses have already come to town hall meetings and stated that they can't afford their mail to be delayed like that," Sneed said.
In addition to eliminating Saturday deliveries, there is also plans to shut down certain mail process centers which means local mail may be processed in another part of the state and that could also lead to delivery delays.