Skip to comments.Head of U.S. Postal Service says delivery could be scaled back to 3 days a week
Posted on 07/20/2011 2:21:33 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Head of U.S. Postal Service says delivery could be scaled back to 3 days a week
By Maeve Coyle Topics Domestic Issues
With Internet usage rising and mail volume steadily falling, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned the U.S. Postal Service is going to have to make significant cutbacks that could mean no more Saturday service and eventually lead to mail delivery just three days a week.
The Postal Service's "cashflow crisis is at a critical level," Donahoe told USA Today in an interview published Wednesday. Donahoe said eliminating Saturday mail would save around $3.1 billion a year for the cash-strapped agency, projected to lose $8.3 billion this year.
"At some point, we'll have to move to three" days a week of mail delivery, possibly in 15 years, he told the newspaper.
The steady loss of revenue has prompted the Postal Service to evaluate possible cost-saving measures. Donahoe said the USPS is on track to miss a Sept. 30 payment of $5.5 billion to the U.S. Treasury that would allow the Uncle Sam to "pre-fund retired health benefits" of postal workers.
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Somebody call UPS.
The U.S.’s transition to Third World status continues.
Even many Third World nations have full-week mail delivery.
Please do it. All I ever get in snail mail are bills and junk mail. Anything that will save me taxes for getting stuff I don’t want is fine with me.
So the mail we should have gotten on Friday, that is delivered on Saturday will now be delivered next Tuesday?
Uh, they’ll still pay the letter carriers as if they were delivering 5 days a week...
On some levels this makes sense. However it will just further seal their doom. Once it becomes an even more unreliable method for delivering checks and other time sensitive items the customer base will drop even further. Its business will become just delivering junk mail and greeting cards.
Outstanding. The USPS is failing epicly, as evidenced by the Hells Angel wannabe that delivered my mail today.
Drive on rag, red tee shirt, shades, two weeks of facial hair.
Not what it used to be..
Sure...right.... you Union sociopaths will have been replaced by Private firms long before this happens.
so thta means they are going to cut all the mailmen salaries in half right?.......
If economic trends continue the feds will devalue the full-time work-week to something like 24-hours (3days x 8hrs per). That way the USPS workers will still be considered full-time.
this is how it works fellas. if you can’t make money doing it, it fails. Someone smart enough to make money will do it if it’s possible.
You mean like the Teamsters at UPS?
Picking up my junk mail three times a week instead of six works for me.
I keep hoping that someone will invent a car that runs on junk mail, then we can look forward to getting the stuff!
Everyone would be trying to get on mailing lists instead of getting off of them. Win-win for the advertisers and the public.
My netflix account will suffer.
How about we just stop giving out hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to postal workers?
I send most of my greeting cards by email now. Jacquie Lawson has some nice ones. Not free, but nice.
I have to admit, I like our regular mail lady. When she’s sick or on vacation we usually get our neighbor’s mail mixed in with ours, but our regular person is excellent.
AND the other weird thing is when we lived in TX the postal workers at the post office (in friendly TX) were surly and rude. However, here, in surly rude south FL the postal workers are nice and helpful. I cannot figure it out. I LOVE to go to the post office here. Well, except that if I have to stand in line the CUSTOMERS are so surly and rude I usually use the automated thing if I can.
“’At some point, we’ll have to move to three’ days a week of mail delivery, possibly in 15 years...”
15 YEARS to get to that point? I pick up my mail 2x a week at the PO with no difference to my life whatsoever than when it was delivered.
(My rural mailbox has been replaced 10x in 16 years. Screw it.)
80-85% of the USPS budget is retirement pensions.
The Government could balance itself at every level (Federal, State and Local) with a 401K plan with a modest (3-5%) employee (taxpayer) match.
Every time I post on FR about the Post Office, someone comes rushing in about how they or a family member is “non-union” and is upset.
The Unions are killing our economy to create a temporary, taxpayer funded upper middle class with unfunded liabilities doled out by the patty-cake games of politicians and unions over the years. See UAW, SEIU, CalPERS, Teamsters, Longshoremen...
It never f*ing ends with $100/hour payouts for $20/hour jobs by Fat Vinnie on a contruction site or a pitiful polyester tie-wearing jackass at the County offices (picture Dwight Schrute and Stanley of ‘The Office’).
In the end, let UPS and Fed Ex take over and use the infrastructure with non-union, realistic operations and watch it flourish.
F the Unions.
Yeah, yet another reason to use alternatives. They must have a death wish for that organization.
Bi-weekly, and raise the junk mail rates too.
You need to read some Charles Bukowski...the post office has been a last resort job for the down and out for a long time now...
Ofcourse! Just because they ain’t delivering don’t mean they aren’t sitting around the post office drawing wages. How the heck do you think holder’s people are going to ever catchup if they don’t get a little slack???
That wont work. That is not what UPS is designed to do. nor is that the field of Fed-Ex. If we get rid of the USPS totally, we're liable to be sorry if something happens to disrupt electronic communications. the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they made mail service a national responsibility.
Every letter carrier in my area is a middle-aged Asian man or woman, my guy retired at 55 to go surf and bike in Oregon. He was dressed more athletically than most (athletic shoes, sunglasses, shorts year-round) but he was almost jogging...the new Filipino guy gets here at 5-6 PM, before it was always before 10 AM.
What, and kill a jobs program for votes? /s
Kill it, stomp it, smunch it, and let UPS and FEDX do it!
“At some point, we’ll have to move to three” days a week of mail delivery, possibly in 15 years, he told the newspaper.”
They could, reduce staff, keep each employee on a five-days-a-week schedule; where some would work Mon to Fri, some Tue to Sat, and all routes would get 3 days-a-week delivery, with the exact 3 days varying between the routes; but so that at least if a route did not have Saturday delivery it would have Monday delivery. Why wait. Do it now.
Why the wait? Some union contracts won’t let them take that step yet??
About the only time I use the UPS is to mail tax payments.
UPS is not non-union. And unlike the USPS unions, UPS will go out on strike.
I wonder if Jefferson envisioned the fat, dumpy, sloppy, unmotivated lifetime-paid surly asspimples at my USPS office here in NorCal...paid for life with fat bennies?
Maybe it was in a letter to James Madison...but probably not.
It’s long been illegal to compete on daily service with the post office except in the case of emergency/expediated delivery.
It would have gone private long ago if not for the government bureaucracy.
Privatize it now. And I’ll bet private firms don’t eliminate 4 days a week delivery.
I suspect that even if Saturdays are eliminated by the post office, you’ll be able to pay EXTRA just as you can for Sunday delivery.
4 day weekend for postal employees, woo hoo.
I sold them their next generation HR/Payroll system. What was mind boggling was the number of unions - all of which were in court suing USPS for one reason or another. They needed a system that could segment the unions and backdate the rates, healthcare, pensions........on and on.
I live in Maine, and get my mail at a P.O. box at a local, larger-than-average post office. I also ship eBay items a few days per week.
I’m on a first name basis with all the postal workers and they are all friendly and helpful.
The USPS is obsolete and needs to be abolished.
Works for me. I only check my box about three times a week.
I think Jefferson envisioned the USPS worker I knew who would sneak into the office on his off day Sunday and work for free to be sure he got the mail out on time on Monday.
There's good and bad in every profession, whether it be corporate executives, baseball players, state governors or postal workers.
“Will they charge extra for storage?”
Don’t give the greedy !@#(*@’s any ideas.
Do away with those big fat pensions.
Do it NOW. I don’t receive or pay any bills by mail. All I get is catalogs and junk. If any of my relatives want to send me a birthday card, they do it by email.
OK... then we use Fed Ex and move along.
I bet they will still deliver daily if you have a rented box, the only difference though will be the box will cost you three times the cost now, you want service you will have to pay for it.
My dog will get mighty hungry in that time.
Perhaps Brutus can be their new spokesperson... ;-)
I have no complaints. My stuff gets where it’s going, and usually in one piece (if I pack it). UPS is usually more expensive for me (I used to do Ebay—but mostly books, so the book rate by the USPS was often a bargain unless I wanted to insure or it was going overseas). I like home delivery, but I can understand other people not wanting to subsidize it for me. On the other hand, it always only seems to be the pork that benefits me that goes away *cough* Amtrak *cough*... ;) everything else never goes anywhere and I keep paying for it. :)
Why doesn’t Netflix simply stream everything?