FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Miracle Mile Post Office in Fort Myers is on its final days. The location at the intersection of Winkler and Broadway is set to close in two weeks. The second in Southwest Florida to close its doors.
"I'm sorry to see it go," said Robert Mastracci, a customer at the Miracle Mile location.
"I just live down here so I'll have to go about three times as far."
Most of the customers and employees will be transferred to the Page Field Post Office. Union leaders say as of now no one at the Fort Myers post office will be laid off.
"The post office is in trouble and they have to do something," Mastracci said.
A new ad campaign is part of that something. The postal workers unions sponsored the ad blitz, which is running on CNN, FOX and MSNBC. It targets a 2006 law that requires the postal service to pay more than five billion dollars a year to pre-pay benefits. The ad also says the postal service overpays billions of dollars a year.
Local union President Sam Wood says the service's money woes are rooted in the law.
"Whenever you start out the year and have to pay out $5.5 Billion right off the bat, how can you succeed like that? Everything else is downhill," said Wood.
The ad closes by saying Congress started the financial mess and can fix it. But getting the plan to pass Congress will be difficult.
Congressman Connie Mack's office says Union Postal Workers enjoy the most generous of federal benefits and the pre-pay law was made to sustain those benefits.
"No other United States corporation or business is required to pre-fund their employees benefits," Wood said.
The union will rally in front of Mack's office next week to urge him to support removing the pre-pay mandate.