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Postal staffers fear what future will deliver

As service shrinks, the anxiety grows

Dawn Makrinikolas has been a letter carrier in North Attleborough for 10 years. She loves her job - sorting mail in the morning, going on the road with her deliveries, chatting with customers she serves.

But Makrinikolas, 47, is a part-time employee who has been losing hours and earnings as mail volume drops. Every year, when the Postal Service surveys business on its rural routes, she worries her paycheck could shrink further - especially this year, as the service considers drastic cutbacks.

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