Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery by August

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The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays — but will continue delivering packages — starting Aug. 1.
Unless forbidden to do so by Congress, which has moved in the past to prohibit five-day-a-week delivery, the agency for the first time will delivery mail only Monday through Friday. The move will save about $2 billion a year for the postal service, which has suffered tens of billions of dollars in losses in recent years with the advent of the Internet and e-commerce, officials said.
“The American public understands the financial challenges of the Postal Service and supports these steps as a responsible and reasonable approach to improving our financial situation,” postmaster general Patrick R. Donahoe said at a news conference. “The Postal Service has a responsibility to take the steps necessary to return to long-term financial stability and ensure the continued affordability of the U.S. Mail.”
The postal service plans to continue Saturday delivery of packages, which remain a profitable and growing part of the delivery business. Post offices would remain open on Saturdays so that customers can drop off mail or packages, buy postage stamps, or access their post office boxes, officials said. But hours likely would be reduced at thousands of smaller locations, they said.

The Postal Service said that it suffered a $15.9 billion net loss for fiscal 2012, which ended Sept. 30. That’s three times the loss recorded a year earlier.
The Postal Service has pushed to cancel Saturday mail delivery for years. It announced the decision on Wednesday without congressional approval, even though lawmakers have argued their consent is necessary in order to make the operational change. Postal officials are expected to argue that they do not need congressional action in order to halt Saturday delivery.
In the past, Congress has included a ban on five-day-a-week mail delivery in its appropriations bill. But the Postal Service is currently operating under a temporary spending measure, rather than an appropriations bill, and the agency is asking Congress not to reimpose the restriction when the spending measure expires on March 27.

A majority of Americans support ending Saturday mail, according to national polls conducted in recent years, and President Obama has proposed halting deliveries as part of his budget-cutting proposals. Though the Postal Service is a quasi-governmental, self-funding entity, its worker compensation and retirement plans are tied to the federal budget.
Lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully for years to enact a significant overhaul of the Postal Service, hoping to reshape the agency as a leaner organization that delivers mail less frequently and operates fewer post offices across the country.
The Senate last year passed a bipartisan measure that would have permitted an end to Saturday mail delivery only after USPS conducted two years of feasibility studies. But postal officials — and some GOP lawmakers — opposed that plan, arguing that reams of professional studies and a declining balance sheet already proved that the change was needed.
A Republican-backed postal reform bill cleared a key committee last year, but was never considered by the full House. The GOP bill would have permitted ending Saturday mail deliveries within a year’s time.
Opposition to significant changes rests mostly with lawmakers from far-flung rural communities, who fear that a change in schedules could jeopardize low-cost delivery of medicines and medical supplies to elderly customers. The publishing industry also has complained that any changes would force quicker magazine publication deadlines and require some publishers to seek private delivery options instead, likely raising newsstand prices.
In a statement Wednesday, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association president Jeannette P. Dwyer said the USPS announcement amounts to “yet another death knell for the quality service provided by the U.S. Postal Service.”
“For decades, the Postal Service has upheld a personal and professional standard of service, delivering to every household nationwide six days a week,” Dwyer said. “To erode this service will undermine the Postal Service’s core mission and is completely unacceptable.”
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They are not really open on Saturdays here..3 hours window use, 5 hour access to mailboxes. I think I am at the edge of the people that still do stuff by mail because it seems more secure...and the Federal Government fucking abuses the shit out of the mail...IRS, FBI, and Homeland Security do not pay for postage..I don't know about other aspects. When I had my background checks..I got a buttload of unnecessary mail from them, including adverts.
 

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I use USPS to ship packages

our PO is open 9am to 1pm on saturdays

24/7 access to PO boxes
 

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They never lock the doors to our
post office. If you have a box it's always
available.

They just shutter the counter when closed.
 

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I use USPS to ship packages

our PO is open 9am to 1pm on saturdays

24/7 access to PO boxes
Not no more ya dont.
Maybe you can find a nice mail-order correspondence course to improve your comprehension.
The postal service plans to continue Saturday delivery of packages, which remain a profitable and growing part of the delivery business. Post offices would remain open on Saturdays so that customers can drop off mail or packages, buy postage stamps, or access their post office boxes, officials said.
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They lock the post office doors at 4 Pm here...used to be 8Pm. Weekdays.
I used to live in another town near here and they kept the doors unlocked until bums started living there

so they would lock up from 6pm to 7am for a few months then back to 24/7 open when they figured the bums were gone

should have just shot the bums and let us humans have our mail access
 

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Why do you hate fun?
Au contraire. I have a lot of fun pointing out stuff like that. :)

I don't really have a problem with this. As long as I still get Saturday packages and have access to a post office if I need to ship or mail something on those Saturdays. My bills and junk mail can wait until Monday.
 

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Au contraire. I have a lot of fun pointing out stuff like that. :)

I don't really have a problem with this. As long as I still get Saturday packages and have access to a post office if I need to ship or mail something on those Saturdays. My bills and junk mail can wait until Monday.
I didn't read the story at all actually. I heard it in the background while eating lunch at work. ;)
 

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I spoke to the post master here..he says we can opt to have home delivery of the mail for free, rather than pay for post boxes. It will just take an extra 3-4 days to get our mail.
 

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I read somewhere that the USPS pension had to be prepaid for the next 75 years. Who is running the USPS, the NYC MTA?
 
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The issue is that the USPS is controlled by congress, and unions. Look at the unbelievable benefit payments (How many companies have to pre-fund healthcare obligations 75 years in advance, and do it in 10 years (rule instituted in 2006 by congress) and the fact that they have to approach congress to change and adapt to the business.

One thing to do would be to make the postage rates obscene for junk mailers. I think privatizing would bring prices up to UPS/Fedex, but they'd strain under the demand for that type of service the way they're structured and fucked in the ass now.

I could care less for Saturday delivery. Mail or packages, work related or not. However, they shouldn't be raising rates while decreasing service. That's a major red flag that's ignored too often in government run services.