U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:15pm

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to cut Saturday mail delivery, hoping to eventually save about $2 billion annually.

The new delivery schedule is set to begin the week of Aug. 5 at which time mail delivery will shift to a Monday through Friday only schedule. Package delivery, however, will continue on a six-day-per-week basis.

The projected annual operational savings are expected to come from a “combination of employee reassignment and attrition,” according to a Postal Service release on Wednesday.

Moving to a five-day delivery schedule is something the Postal Service leaned toward over the past several years but has delayed due to an increased volume of package delivery demand, fueled by the continued growth in e-commerce.

According to the Postal Service, once the new mail delivery schedule begins, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday, while packages will still be delivered Monday through Saturday. Mail addressed to P.O. boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays, and post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.

The Postal Service stated that it was currently restructuring its retail, delivery and mail processing operations. Since 2006, the service has reduced the size of its career workforce by 193,000 or 28 percent, and consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations.

Despite the announced changes to further cut costs, the Postal Service urged Congress to enact legislation that would allow it “greater flexibility to control costs and generate new revenue.”

19 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 2/6/13 at 6:50

If they're going to continue delivering packages on the same routes, why stop delivering letters? Because of less time involved, perhaps?

By: Rasputin72 on 2/6/13 at 11:04

This is just a benign cyst on the body of a lung cancer patient.

By: Rocket99 on 2/7/13 at 8:15

Was the USPS ever meant to make money?

By: Loner on 2/7/13 at 8:21

Good morning, Nashville.

As a retired Rural Letter Carrier, I know that the USPS people hardest hit by this will be the Substitute Rural Letter Carriers; and they are already near the bottom rung on the postal employment ladder.

These rural subs usually work Saturdays, when the regular carrier takes his/her day off and they work whenever the regular goes on vacation....they survive on these "crumbs" from the banquet table. They become full-time Rural Letter carriers when the regular carrier retires...it often takes years of waiting in line to inherit the regular's job.

These rural subs are not full-time USPS employees and many of them get zero benefits and the time subbing does not count towards retirement.....these subs are going to be the ones who will take home a lot less pay.....no doubt, many will quit, rather than hang around for fewer crumbs.

As usual, when its time to cut the budget, the folks on the bottom of the pyramid are asked to sacrifice the most.

By: Loner on 2/7/13 at 8:39

Congress allowed privateers, like UPS, Fed Ex, Airborne etc. to eat the Postal Service's lunch....this had an enormous negative effect on the USP over time.

Congress also placed burdens on the USPS that do not apply to private delivery outfits, especially in the areas of fiduciary responsibilities to its pension plans.

The USPS has four labor unions and one management bargaining group to deal with; they are constantly in contract bargaining mode....this is just one aspect of the unique situation that the Postal Service must deal with.

Fuel costs are a major portion of USPS expenditures; they operate tens of thousands of vehicles every day. This too has to be factored into the equation.

Of course, the internet has had an impact on the US Mail; and the impact has been mostly negative.

The USPS is in a real bind...the Eagle is not healthy....the old bird might not make it....times have changed....it's survival of the fittest and the USPS must evolve, or go extinct.

By: yogiman on 2/7/13 at 8:47

The point, Loner, is the UPS wasn't paying congress' employees (Reps and Senators) any campaign money so they had to go somewhere else to get it. Low and behold, someone came up with putting parts of our mail services in the private sector.

I don't remember any "talks" about cutting back on the postal services before it was "opened to the public enterprises".

By: Loner on 2/7/13 at 8:48

Acronym Error...s//h/b "this had an enormous negative effect on the USPS over time.", in my first paragraph, in my 7:39 post....I had erroneously typed in USP, not USPS.....(United States Postal Service = USPS.)

By: Jughead on 2/7/13 at 2:37

An obsolete service....except to deliver junk mail. Manual typewriters are gone, too.

By: rickmuz on 2/8/13 at 9:22

@Yogi... it won't be the same routes. It will just be trucks out delivery packages to everyone.

My suggestion if they really want to save money is Mon/Wed/Fri and thats it.

Not to mention go private or go back to being a Government entity. This crap of "we are a private organization that receives funding from Congress" is crap. Congress= ME and YOU

By: Moonglow1 on 2/8/13 at 1:01

Moonglow1: so sad, George Bush passed a law where the U.S. Postal Service must pre-fund 40 years of retirement benefits for the next 10 years. No corporation in the world has to do this. Most people do not know that the U.S. Postal Service is not taxpayer funded. And they are mandated by the U.S. Constitution that the U.S. has a Postal Service.

The real scoop is that the right wing ideologues are trying as hard as they can to bankrupt the Postal Service so that private enterprise can take over. Well, get ready to pay through the nose for postage. CEOs grab tax money to enrich themselves and their investors. They don't care about service and they most certainly don't care about you.

So expect poor service, no service in the rural areas, investor-driven rate hikes to maximize stock value and Wall Street expectations, and no law enforcement protection as we have currently with the U.S. Postal Inspectors who are federal law enforcement and protect citizen's against Postal Crime like drugs through the mail and fraud. Also, expect to pay through the nose for deliveries such as your medications. Welcome to Corporate America.

By: Moonglow1 on 2/8/13 at 1:03

Moonglow1: I repeat, the U.S. Postal Service is NOT funded by taxpayer dollars. Look it up....

By: Loner on 2/9/13 at 8:43

Excellent post, Moonglow.

The privateers who would benefit from the demise of the USPS have given generously to Congress. Congress returned the favor and Congress is still hard at work, representing and serving the needs of the selfish special interests, as opposed to representing and serving the needs and interests of the general public.

Like buzzards, the privateers would descend upon the carcass of the Postal Eagle....the GOP is shooting at the eagle, to provide a meal for these filthy scavengers....and the loss of Saturday delivery is a sign that the eagle has been hit and is bleeding....the venerable old bird appears to be moribund....bagged by the Republican Party.

By: Loner on 2/9/13 at 8:44

Excellent post, Moonglow.

The privateers who would benefit from the demise of the USPS have given generously to Congress. Congress returned the favor and Congress is still hard at work, representing and serving the needs of the selfish special interests, as opposed to representing and serving the needs and interests of the general public.

Like buzzards, the privateers would descend upon the carcass of the Postal Eagle....the GOP is shooting at the eagle, to provide a meal for these filthy scavengers....and the loss of Saturday delivery is a sign that the eagle has been hit and is bleeding....the venerable old bird appears to be moribund....bagged by the Republican Party.

By: Loner on 2/9/13 at 8:50

Excellent post, Moonglow.

The privateers who would benefit from the demise of the USPS have given generously to Congress. Congress returned the favor and Congress is still hard at work, representing and serving the needs of the selfish special interests, as opposed to representing and serving the needs and interests of the general public.

Like buzzards, the privateers would descend upon the carcass of the Postal Eagle....the GOP is shooting at the eagle, to provide a meal for these filthy scavengers....and the loss of Saturday delivery is a sign that the eagle has been hit and is bleeding....the venerable old bird appears to be moribund....bagged by the Republican Party.

By: Loner on 2/9/13 at 8:52

Power outage on this end...then loss(es) of server connection....this explains the triple posting....sorry about that...blame the blizzard....(posting from Western New York state.)

By: Heat Lightnin on 2/10/13 at 4:43

The root cause of this closing is that Big Business is putting pressure on congress to discredit and privatize the Post Office for the purpose of profit, and control of your information.

In 2006 Congress passed the PO Accountability Act in a closed session, which ordered the post office to pay retirement benefits 75 years IN ADVANCE, for people who haven't even started working there. The PO has already made 20 billion in advance payments, PLUS 50 billion that congress redirected from the PO, from before this Act. Congress doesn't intend to pay anything back in benefits but to ruin the post office, keep the money, and have their friends control what ads you get, who you vote for, and what information you receive.

The Post Office is written into the constitution for good reason. It's a right of Americans to receive mail, no matter where they live, from a non-biased source. How would you like a Corporation to tell you who to buy from? Would you like your legal documents held for ransom by a company that will charge as much as they can? How much could a company charge to deliver a life-saving medicine? Would you like a Republican or Democratic company to only deliver mail that supports their party?

Do you want to have to pick up your mail at Walmart? Because private companies won't deliver everywhere like the Post Office does, only where it's profitable. Many packages you send by FedEx and UPS are delivered by the Post Office, because those companies won't go there. They take the profit then hand the packages over to the Post Office to deliver.

Blind folks have limited access to information. That's why the Post Office delivers all materials for the blind, for free. They have a right to receive information, as well. Do you think a private company will provide service for them? Or let them fend for themselves?

If the Post Office is privatized, it will be another right taken away from Americans, for the sake of greed. What's next to be privatized? How about having voting at elections privatized. You can go pay a private company, to register your vote. They wouldn't tamper with the votes would they? Well, I guess that would depend on who would pay them the most.

How about the FAA? Let's have the airplanes checked and regulated by a private company that pinches pennies. Not a very safe idea is it!

Privatization is not a good idea for a service that helps to protect the American people. Don't let congress, as dictated by the corporations that pay for their campaigns, take away a Constitutional right, just to make the corporations richer!

By: courier37027 on 2/11/13 at 1:37

Give Saturday mail to the Jehovah's Witnesses and LDS. They are knocking on doors every weekend. May as well deliver since they are in the neighborhood.

By: Jughead on 2/11/13 at 12:03

I like courier's idea. The only bad part is that I'd have to answer the door.

By: chumlem on 2/11/13 at 12:30

I hate that people will lose jobs... However, other than convenience of sticking a letter in a box in front of your house and taking it out from the same place, the service is way behind in the times. I personally, rarely ever get anything other than junk mail in my box. I do almost all of my mailing(bills, messages, etc.) electronically. Truth be, like it or not, is the way of the future. It's easier, more efficient and it's cheaper.

Going beyond letters, I flat out refuse to go into a post office. Every time I go into one, there is 1 teller working, about 3 people standing around talking, and 10 people waiting in line for 20 minutes waiting to send out a simple box. That wouldn't fly at FedEx or UPS... and that's why I go there. And if one of those guys mess up your shipment, they will track you down and bring it to you, wherever you are. USPS? SOL.

Truth be, if USPS doesn't reorganize and get with the times, I personally think they should completely leave it up to the private/for profit companies that doesn't require government funding to pay for it to operate.

Think about this... how many telephone operators have lost their job due to technology.... Print production workers, meter readers? Disruptive technologies take place of old technologies.. it's just the way it is.