U.S. Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail Delivery

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays beginning Aug. 1, although packages will continue to be delivered.

Tired of waiting for Congress to help, the Postal Service later Wednesday is expected to unveil a series of more drastic cuts that will save them billions of dollars, a spokesperson for the service confirmed.

It’s unclear at the moment how the Postal Service has the authority to quit delivering letters on Saturdays. Previously, they’ve said they need Congress to change current law to do so.

However, two sources confirmed for CNN that the plan includes an end to Saturday mail service except for package delivery, which has seen growth in the past few years.

The Postal Service has been borrowing billions of dollars from taxpayers to make up for shortfalls caused by a 2006 congressional mandate, under which it has to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees.

Technological advances have also led to a decline in first-class mail, which most consumers use to stay in touch and pay bills.

The situation turned particularly dire last year — the agency twice defaulted on payments totaling $11 billion, and it exhausted a $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury.

The move to end Saturday service is only expected to save a few billion dollars, far less than the tens of billions of dollars the Postal Service needs.

In the past year, the service has cut hours at thousands of post offices — some are open for only two hours a day.

It has also merged some of its plants, which led to a 28,000 drop in its workforce through retirements and departures by employees who couldn’t relocate or take up other postal jobs.

Postal officials have been calling on Congress to pass legislation to ease their fiscal pain.

And a top House Republican and Senate Democrat say they worked together during the fiscal cliff talks in December, though no resolution was reached on how to save the Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service is, by law, an “independent establishment” of the executive branch.

The agency doesn’t normally use tax dollars for operations, except for its $15 billion loan from Treasury. In 2005, the Postal Service had no debt, officials said.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, the Postal Service could come dangerously close to running out of cash next month.

A report last year projected that by mid-March, the agency would have about $1 billion in cash — barely enough to keep the agency running for four days.

That prompted U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to announce he was going to his board to accelerate cost-cutting measures.

In the meantime, Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat. have been assuring the agency that they are working together to come up with a resolution.

But Issa and Carper lacked specificity in details of when, or how, they would achieve that goal. Congressional aides say they’re hopeful it’ll get passed soon.

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35 comments

  • mithoirfan

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  • Sinjin Monroe

    Who cares the Post Office is full of worthless employees for the most part. I have lived at the same address for 20 years and still get mail that is not mibe ona regular basis. I am talking about mail that does not even belong on my street let alone my address.

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  • Longtime Carrier

    I love the idea but I might be a little bias, as I am a mail carrier. I would have loved to have weekends off when my kids were small in stead of one weekend every 6 weeks. Now I will have weekends off with my wife, what a joy that will be. As for the carriers most are hard working people that in truth love there job and their customers they deliver too. As for the debt the PO has is from pre funding retirements not cost of running the PO. For people like Sinjin Monroe, most of the time when mail is miss delivered its by someone other than the regular and its that they are in a hurry do to management is so tight on times like you could not believe. I have seen so many people start at the PO as carriers and quit soon after because they could not keep up the pace, most think its like a nice stroll down the street, trust me its not. Try this some time, walk at 120+ steps a minute while reading a magazine, that will give you a sense of what its like. Remember we have to finger the mail pull out mag's, and other large mail and if you get Packages all while walking at a minimum of 120 steps a minute, go try it! And remember that is for 5 hours a day too.

    • I'm a Cracker

      120 a minute? then why are so many overweight. Went into the Post Office trying to find a misdelivered package, the Post Master came out, she was covered in Gang Tattoos. I think the problem is the quality of Hires.

      Besides if you don't like the hours, quit.

      • longtime carrier

        I will agree with you Cracker that some of the people I work with are not the brightest bulbs in the box (management mostly) but it is hard work the carriers do. For every 10 that try 9 will quite because they can't stand doing real work with real demands.

  • loose canon

    the price of fuel is a hole in every american pocket That is whats choking the recovery Big brother needs to step in and cut the price of fuel a buck and a half and freeze it there… that is a large trickle in Everybody's pocket that they could be spending on things other than fuel GAS WAS $1.47 when George Bush took office..think about it everybody that drives had and extra 20–50–75–bucks a week to spend somewere else than the gas station …how about the over the road truckers 3–5–7 MPG at $4.00per gal

    • longtime carrier

      Loose Canon, you are right about the cost of Gas think of this for any business, each time the gas goes up the cost to the PO is a million $'s a day! Thats a lot for any business to deal with.

  • Denny

    Instead of ending Saturday delivery, the Post Office should divide their routes in half. One half would receive Mon Wed Fri delivery, and the other half would receive Tues Thurs Sat delivery. I think that would cure what the problem the PO has.

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  • Jerry

    If they didn't drive up to everyones door step, if they got out and walked the block like in days past, maybe they could shave a few billion dollars off maintenance for their vehicles. Also, the unions need to be removed as postal workers shouldn't be getting engineer salaries for the type of work they do. And the pensions are outrageous, better than what most CEO's get. And you can definitely cut jobs at the top. Too many chiefs not enough indians.

    • longtime carrier

      Jerry, engineer salaries? Do you know what a mail carrier makes? Starting pay $22. an hour, top spot $27 an hour after 17+ years that is no where near what an engineer gets paid I know I have friends that are and they don't even start as low as a senior carrier. So don't go there. Just to give you an idea in So Cal most routes are walking and most are long mine in the OC is 12.5 miles a day. Try it sometime then do it again everyday then strap on 30lbs and do it. Sounds like you know little of what you think you know.

      • longtime carrieer

        Jerry forgot about your comment about pensions, I am close to retirement age and have to keep working somewhere because my BIG retirement from the PO is only going to be about $800 a month, that will not even pay my house pmt. so were did you get the idea we get such great amounts of money. Now for those in management I can't say but for rank and file workers we get just a little better than crap, maybe crap with icing. Then if we get to 65 we can have SSI and add another $1000 to the monthly and survive a little better but still not some great deal.

  • Naw Cho Cheesy

    We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever (except Saturdays)

  • Billiam

    The USPS is the only mail delivery service that has ever lost my mail. When they do, they don't really do anything about it. I bet FedEx and UPS would go out of their way to make the customer happy.

  • Gan

    It's simple. They were making money until 2005, then in 2006 the government screwed them by making them pay a huge invented tax. They have been losing money in truckloads ever since because the tax eats up all their cash needed for operations. Remove the 2006 mandate, they become profitable again, lonas repaid, problem solved. But our government is only good at creating problems, not solving them.

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