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Postal unions rally to save jobs, cut budgets
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ATLANTA -- Union workers are rallying Tuesday at U.S. Post Offices in Metro Atlanta and across the country to support a plan that could save jobs.

They're pushing Congress to pass H.R. 1351, the U.S. Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act, which has more than 200 cosponsors, including five Democrats from Georgia.

"We want it done now," Ben Jackson, president of Branch 73, told 11Alive News. "If we can get it done now, the woes of the Postal Service will go away. We can restructure the postal service and have a financially stable company."

The bill would take away the Postal Service's obligation to pre-fund retiree health benefits for the next 75 years.

Unions argue the bill would save as much as $5 billion and save more than 100,000 jobs.

Union workers plan to rally outside the office of Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta), one of the bill's cosponsors.

They'll also gather in Roswell at 925 Canton Street from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

In Alpharetta, supporters will rally at 9490 Red Bird Lane.

A rally in Lawrenceville will take place at the Gwinnett County Justice Center at 75 Langley Drive.

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