Postal Workers Rally For Their Jobs

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- Hundreds of United States Postal Service employees rallied Tuesday outside the William Street Processing Plant to save their jobs. Last month, the Post Master General announced plans to make drastic changes in how the U.S. Postal Service operates to help fill a multi-billion dollar budget gap. Those plans include the possibility of consolidating and slashing workforce size. It's a move that could leave about 700 local jobs and the processing plant in jeopardy.

"700 jobs to lose in this the economy is hard," said USPS Worker Dennis Kulakowski. "It's hard to create 700 jobs let alone lose them."

Under the proposal, mail processing done at the William Street Plant would move to Rochester which could delay next-day deliveries. A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service says changes are necessary for the mail system's survival and released the below statement:

"These are challenging times for the Postal Service and its employees as we work to make the necessary changes to our business model that will provide mail service for the nation for many decades to come, and in so doing, will also employ future generations of Americans."