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Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday morning announced it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

Post offices will remain open Saturdays and package deliveries will occur on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. 

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

Jo February 06, 2013 at 04:02 PM
USPS and AMTRAC has been big money losers for many many years. They cost the taxpayers billions. They need to be outsourced. Just the hamburgers served on AMTRAC cost us taxpayers $30,000,000 to subsidize those due to high cost of government workers who received much higher compensation than those of us in the private sector who pay for these inefficient government run businesses. The burgers cost the consumer $8 but it costs the Government $16 to provide each one. I have a friend who retired from USPS after only 25 yrs and she gets 40% of her last pay as her pension after such a short time. Do any of you in private sector get such lavish pensions?
KC Pendarvis February 06, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I am a former postal employee. This is GREAT news,should have happened YEARS ago. But there is MUCH more to be done to cut the BILLIONS in Government subsidies paid to the PO every year as well as BILLIONS IN WASTED REVENUE: The Postal Service is rife with corruption, nepotism, OVERPAID employees , COLAS, etc. (Postal employees START with three weeks paid vacation, two weeks paid sick days, (accruable over their entire careers), ELEVEN PAID HOLIDAYS, overtime after 8 hours, double time after ten hours. After 5 years a PO employee gets FOUR WEEKS a year vacation, after 10 years, FIVE WEEKS, after 15 years SIX WEEKS paid vacation! Who do YOU know with benefits like this, especially for what is, basically, UNSKILLED MANUAL LABOR! And again, QUARTERLY COST OF LIVING RAISES! Inflation is something WE all fight...NOT POSTAL WOKERS,NO! Postal Workers, they get MORE pay when the Consumer Price Index rises Who do YOU know who gets regular COLAS year after year after year? IN ADDITION to contractual raises negotiated by their CORRUPT American Postal Workers Union, an 800,000 strong division of the CORRUPT Teamsters Union! And all of this for basically UNSKILLED MANUAL LABOR! FAR from the worst: The USPS is the ONLY govt agency that MUST, by law, fund their retirement accounts before another dime is spent. NOT EVEN THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUND HAS TO DO THIS! NOR DOES THE us mILITARY RETIREMENT
John February 07, 2013 at 08:34 PM
As long as it cuts down on all the political propaganda mailers we get.
Jean Marie Mink April 04, 2013 at 11:44 PM
This is a tad one-sided here, and I wonder at the bellicose yeller's claim to be a retired postal worker. I am not, but I know that unlike other federal agencies, the USPS is required to cover it's own costs of operation. I would like to see the military do that. Talk about billions in wasted taxpayer dollars. The thing people don't seem to realize is that this is a loss of service. If you never need to get to a post office outside of your office hours, perhaps you can have some compassion for people who do. This hurts poor people the most, those who will not be able to comment for lack of internet access (or education, as this is California). Europe just laughs and laughs at us. I am in complete accord.
archie's bunker April 05, 2013 at 12:10 AM
The USPS had to come up (mandated) with retirement funds for 75 years into the future. For employees not even born yet. WHAT companies are forces to do that! Big Business wants to take over and to privatize a good portion of their business. Of Course they do. USPS has been more than solvent... But they represent perhaps the largest union... Don't be duped. (and btw, of course the unions could be more efficient...) Now who wants to complain about a living wage?

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