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Hard times for ailing US mail industry
Unions say US Postal workers are paying price for bad management as industry comes under pressure.
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2011 05:12

The US Postal Service, with a staff of more than half a million workers, is the world’s seventh largest employer but one that is struggling to remain relevant in an increasingly digital age.

The home of 'snail mail' faces a myriad of problems including economic recession, a slump in mail volume, the internet and generous health and pension benefits for retirees that are slowly forcing it to cut services, facilities and jobs.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington.

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