CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dozens of letter carriers lined a section of MacCorkle Avenue on Sunday despite the rain to remind the public of the troubles the U.S. Postal Service is facing.
"We have to carry the mail in the rain, so this doesn't mean a thing," said John Humphrey, a retired letter carrier from Buckhannon. "People depend on us."
Humphrey stood in front of the Kanawha City post office holding a "West Virginians for 6 DAY" sign that read, "Don't dismantle our postal service."
Nearly 100 people from across the state gathered along the street for the rally organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Many drivers honked horns and waved.
"In a rural state like West Virginia, mail service is especially important -- it's how most people communicate," said Tim McKay, president of the the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 531.
Even after Congress struck down a cost-saving plan Thursday to cut Saturday delivery, McKay thinks more needs to be done.
"Every year [Congress] has to determine whether six-day service will be continued," he said. "There needs to be permanent legislation."
Those in attendance also voiced concerns over pensions and the requirement that the USPS pre-fund retirement and health care.
"It's not fair. We're the only government agency that has to do that," said Darren Smith, of Parkersburg. "We would have a surplus if it wasn't for that."