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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Postal workers nationwide took to the streets today to send a message to the Postmaster General and Board of Governors. Their message: stop delaying America’s mail.

St. Louis area postal workers protested in downtown St. Louis Friday afternoon as part of the "National Day of Action to Stop Delaying America's Mail." They said the U.S. Postal Service is ready to make devastating cuts in service here and around the nation. 82 mail processing and distribution centers are scheduled to close beginning January 5, 2015.

Fred Wolfmeyer, the President of the STL Local of American Postal Workers Union, said, “The financial woes have nothing to do with the sorting and processing of mail. It has to do with the prefunding mandate of 2006. Postal Service has to pay in $5.8 billion every year. The post office just this last fiscal year turned a $1.4 billion operational profit."

Workers say the cuts will mean overnight mail will be virtually eliminated.