Report: Postal Service Plans to Stop Saturday Mail Delivery

The move is expected to save $2 billion each year.

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning the week of Aug. 5 to save an estimated $2 billion per year, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Packages and mail to PO Boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays, and post offices now open Saturdays will remain open after the change.

Local post offices, like Ramona's at 1444 Main St., will continue to be open on Saturdays.

"The Postal Service is making the announcement today, more than six months in advance of implementing five-day mail delivery schedule, to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust," the USPS announcement stated.

The Postal Service, which is not funded by tax dollars, has been struggling as customers opt for other delivery services and send less mail. According to the Associated Press, the Postal Service "reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion for the last budget year and forecast more red ink in 2013, capping a tumultuous year in which it was forced to default on billions in retiree health benefit prepayments to avert bankruptcy."

The USPS has taken steps in recent years to cut costs.

"Since 2006, the Postal Service has reduced its annual cost base by approximately $15 billion, reduced the size of its career workforce by 193,000 or 28 percent, and has consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations," according to Wednesday's announcement.

About 7 in 10 Americans support ending Saturday delivery to cut USPS debt, according to a June poll by The New York Times/CBS News.

Tell us: Will you miss mail on Saturdays? What other ways do you think the USPS could save money instead of (or in addition to) cutting delivery days?

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Robert Neulreich February 08, 2013 at 01:12 AM
I think you should talk to some of the local carriers and see what they have to say about this. Not to mention this violates some constitutional laws (but that is nothing new for Obama and his cronies).
TJ February 08, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Which constitutional laws are you talking about Robert?
Cryptoclearance February 08, 2013 at 03:47 PM
The REPUBLICANS passed legislation to Overfund the pension plan. This was long before the President was elected. QUIT making ignorant comments and do some REAL RESEARCH. It is apparently easy blame this President when you have no critical thinking skills; but are an ignorant hater.
Robert Neulreich February 08, 2013 at 10:48 PM
In June 1788, the ninth state ratified the Constitution, which gave Congress the power “To establish Post Offices and post Roads” in Article I, Section 8. A year later, the Act of September 22, 1789 (1 Stat. 70), continued the Post Office and made the Postmaster General subject to the direction of the President. Four days later, President Washington appointed Samuel Osgood as the first Postmaster General under the Constitution. A population of almost four million was served by 75 Post Offices and about 2,400 miles of post roads. The Post Office received two one-year extensions by the Acts of August 4, 1790 (1 Stat. 178), and March 3, 1791 (1 Stat. 218). The Act of February 20, 1792 (1 Stat. 232), continued the Post Office for another two years and formally admitted newspapers to the mails, gave Congress the power to establish post routes, and prohibited postal officials from opening letters. Later legislation enlarged the duties of the Post Office, strengthened and unified its organization, and provided rules for its development. The Act of May 8, 1794 (1 Stat. 354), continued the Post Office indefinitely. The Post Office moved from Philadelphia in 1800 when Washington, D.C., became the seat of government. Two horse-drawn wagons carried all postal records, furniture, and supplies.
Robert Neulreich February 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM
So in order to change Post Office rules an act of Congress must be passed. The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 abolished the United States Post Office Department, a part of the cabinet, and created the United States Postal Service, a corporation-like independent agency with an official monopoly on the delivery of mail in the United States. Pub.L. 91–375 was signed by President Richard Nixon on August 12, 1970.[1] The legislation was a direct outcome of the U.S. postal strike of 1970. The first paragraph of the Act reads: “ The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities. The costs of establishing and maintaining the Postal Service shall not be apportioned to impair the overall value of such service to the people.


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