Protesters In St. Peter 13 Apr 12

Protesters gathered outside Senator Al Franken’s office in downtown St. Peter on Thursday to show their opposition to a new Postal Reform Bill. The proposed legislation would eliminate Saturday mail delivery, close mail processing facilities, increase postal employees’ contributions to their insurance premiums, and allow the Postal Service to use nearly $11-billion in surplus retirement contributions. Residents of the local area as well as members of the US Postal Service were protesting the bill in St. Peter as part of a tour of 200 cities across the country organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Southern Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz was also on hand in St. Peter to show his support for the postal service.