Postal Service Work Days, Goodbye Saturday Deliveries?

The US Postal Service is one step closer to ending Saturday mail delivery. That's because its Board of Governors has agreed to ask the Postal Regulatory Commission for an opinion on the matter.

The plan would limit mail delivery for homes and businesses to weekdays only.

The Postal Service lost nearly 4 billion dollars last year and expects to lose up to 7 billion this year. The losses stem from increased use of e-mail and other delivery services.

A change to 5-day-a-week delivery would require the approval of Congress.


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  • by Deb Location: Colorado on Mar 27, 2010 at 08:01 PM
    Just a FYI...the USPS receives NO government funding and hasn't for years. Gas prices hit $5/gal a couple years back - there are over 250 MILLION postal vehicles on the road...do the math. That's when they started losing money. Postal increases are now tied to inflation, and the economy sucks, so they are unable to raise rates to cover the shortfall caused by the cost of fuel. Once you are in the hole, interest alone will keep you there unless you can pull in additional revenue. Mail volume has dropped significantly, no increases - no additional revenue. And Yes... in addition to cutting back on delivery days, they need to do something about a union that doesn't allow anyone with over 6yrs to be laid off or be forced to transfer more than 50 miles. There are hundreds that have been replaced by machines sitting in lunchrooms every day, collecting their full pay, raises, and benefits and doing nothing but paying union dues.
  • by Postmans Wife Location: Orlando, Fl on Mar 27, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    You are all forgetting about the impact this will have on the postal employees. I'm not talking about the higher ups, who I agree should take a pay cut instead, but those work their asses off every day to ensure that you get your mail on time. Cutting off a day would mean a drastic pay cut would give the postal service another excuse to lay off workers. They are already in a hiring freeze here and are working part time employees full time hours without proving them any benefits. You are all forgetting that the mail men need to get paid and earn a living too and when they talk about losing money, where do you think they start making the cuts?
  • by Really? on Mar 26, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    Really? How in your right mind can you think that the USPS turns a profit? Have you been to any other countries and tried to mail something? The cost to ship/mail in the U.S. is ridiculously cheap, and Americans still complain. Also, most postmasters work 50-70 hour weeks and are responsible for large budgets and many employees...I think their salary is just.
  • by For Tug on Mar 26, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    The government ran it GREAT for 250 years! Now that email has come around it has changed the business model. I can't wait for the government to provide a public option that will make people live more productive lives for the next 250 years!
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    Who in their right minds lets their long term mail order prescriptions get so low as waiting two days will make them run. Order them sooner. Trust me this is not a life or death situation. Now if the govt can't run a 250 yr old institution and be solvent, why on earth would anyone want them in our healthcare? I actually know several postal carriers, but fed employees and private contractors. I think they might like the weekend off like most people have.
  • by ET Location: Creswell on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:49 PM
    Give some of the postmasters a pay CUT. They make entirly to much money.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:33 PM
    to rednecks calm down: It's not about making a profit, they can not even stay afloat, just like every other gubment agency. But somehow uncle Sam and and aunt Nancy are going to manage the health care of 375 million people, (yea I know its for the 32 million uninsured) but it will affect 375 million. Its going to be a beautiful new world.... Buzz-
  • by LuvMyGrady Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    If the USPS would simply drop the union then they wouldnt need to drop Saturday delivery. Most of the carriers around here are old angry dudes that are only working there becuase they have the union backing them. Privatize them and they will make money.
  • by Rednecks calm down! on Mar 25, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    Before you think that the post office is underwater, read this: According to the laws under which it now operates, the U.S. Postal Service is a semi-independent federal agency, mandated to be revenue-neutral. That is, it is supposed to break even, not make a profit. Still, the US Postal Service has averaged a profit of over $1 billion per year in each of the last five years. http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/uspsabout.htm
  • by donttreadonme Location: Occupied America on Mar 25, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    What a laugh! No one is the least bit surprised that a program administered by federal beauracrats is losing taxpayer money and cutting back its services! So who's bright idea was it to hand over one sixth of this nations economy, ie. the health care industry to the feds! I have one more comment: duh
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