Postal workers in Buffalo, nationwide picket cuts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s not just happening in Buffalo; protests are popping up across the nation for postal workers who are upset about planned service and job cuts.

The cuts, planned for early next year, would close 82 postal sorting facilities across the nation. Workers in Buffalo took to the main post office on William Street Friday to show solidarity.

Buffalo isn’t on the list of locations to be shut down, but workers in the area are still concerned about the Jan. 5 cuts which will slash service standards — eliminating overnight delivery for first class mail.

One postal worker said the overnight delivery service isn’t just important for newspapers and everyday mail, but it helps customers who need medicines. He said customers are accustomed to the service.

Union leaders in Washington, D.C. are urging lawmakers to do whatever is necessary to avoid the cuts.

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