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Workers rally amid White House push for postal changes

October 9, 2018
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Postal workers and their supporters hold up signs at a rally in Chicago on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, to protest a proposal announced in June by the White House's Office of Management and Budget to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

CHICAGO (AP) — Postal workers and their supporters spent part of the Columbus Day holiday protesting what they see as a White House push to make the U.S. Postal Service private.

In Chicago, workers rallied Monday near a downtown post office, carrying signs reading “U.S. Mail, Not For Sale” and “We Belong To The People, Not Corporate America.”

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump established a task force to study why the Postal Service is losing money. His executive order said it is on “an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout.” But no final decisions have been made yet.

In Washington, American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein told a crowd that privatization will mean less service and higher costs to taxpayers.

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