(THE HILL) — A group of postal workers striking against proposed cuts to the U.S. Postal Service declared a “people’s victory” late Saturday after successfully fasting for six days.

The small group of retired and active letter carriers, calling themselves the Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU), had staged protests on the National Mall and Capitol Hill this week to raise awareness about proposed legislation that would reduce the USPS delivery week to five days.

Cutting mail delivery to five days will eliminate 80,000 postal jobs, according to postal unions.

“We will not stand by as our beloved postal service is destroyed,” Tom Dodge, a postal worker from Baltimore, said in a statement from the CPWU.

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