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Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery by August
Washington Post ^ | Ed O'Keefe

Posted on 02/06/2013 9:47:53 AM PST by Morgana

The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting Aug. 1 — but will continue delivering packages.

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 remains 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: postoffice; repeat; saturday; usps
OUCH!

Now my Ebay packages will take longer. Not that Ebay is the only thing that has kept the post office going this long!!

1 posted on 02/06/2013 9:47:57 AM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

will postal workers receive a pay cut since they are working fewer days? my friend’s sister is one of the postmasters in California, and she makes big bucks... i’m talking millionS-dollar-beach house as a second home big bucks..


2 posted on 02/06/2013 9:53:32 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Morgana

i think Amazon has helped...


3 posted on 02/06/2013 9:54:46 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Morgana

Fine with me if they want to just stop delivering my bills and other junk mail...


4 posted on 02/06/2013 9:55:33 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Morgana

The USPS has become a keynesian/welfare make-work operation.

Like the pony-express, time and technology have surpassed it.

But like any good Gov’t agency, it has huge momentum and legacy, and no politician in Washington wants to make really difficult choices. So the USPS will continue as a walking-dead zombie for years to come.


5 posted on 02/06/2013 9:58:41 AM PST by PGR88
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To: latina4dubya

Yea that and Netflix and others like it.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 9:59:54 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.)
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To: Morgana; xzins

I am so pleased.

I am sick and tired of walking half a mile on Saturday down to my mailbox on a nice weekend day to retrieve all the junk mail I get and to try to keep my occasional important pieces of mail from being stolen if I decide to take off for the weekend.

Saturday mail delivery is stupid. It was important back in the days when people all worked 6 days a week and every business was closed on Sunday, but these days it is completely unnecessary.

Of course this will eliminate untold thousands of part time Postal Jobs but it will also relieve the Postal Service of having to provide all these part time workers with OBAMACARE.

But nobody has a secure job in this economy so why should part time postal workers be exempt?


7 posted on 02/06/2013 10:02:59 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: Morgana
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 March 27.

Wonder if Congress will actually let them make the change this time?

8 posted on 02/06/2013 10:03:47 AM PST by mykroar ("I'm afraid I can't use a mule. I have several hundred up on Capitol Hill." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Morgana
MORE TIME OFF!!!!
9 posted on 02/06/2013 10:04:12 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: Morgana

are you named after Lady Morgana? cool name...


10 posted on 02/06/2013 10:04:21 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Morgana
Now my Ebay packages will take longer.

Did you read the first line of your own article?

FTA: The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting Aug. 1 — but will continue delivering packages.

BTW, I'm fine with this development. Making the mailbox run on Saturdays to keep my mail from being stolen is a real PITA.

11 posted on 02/06/2013 10:04:29 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: latina4dubya

Postmasters likely will not take pay cuts. Carriers and clerks likely WILL. Not sure what will happen to the ones who don’t handle mail, probably not a thing.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 10:08:47 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Morgana

An essential service run by Government, with the unions pressing for outrageous benefits and pensions.

In my local office NONE of the workers were even born in the USA. Surly. Rude. Broken English.

They have tons of equipment, tons of infrastructure, but no will to run it like a business, say like FedEx or UPS.

Dig a hole, then fill it mentality.

I keep hearing how the Post Office pays for itself, yet runs $16 billion dollar losses....that is how Government thinks. Not my money. Pay me for life.

Privatize it, run by a Jack Welch or FedEx, it could do very well...the issue would be many, many layoffs and a lot of teeth gnashing and CNN spouting by the Justice Bros. and other grievance groups.

I pay 95% of my bills online. Let ‘er die.


13 posted on 02/06/2013 10:08:58 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Morgana
So... ever increasing prices and less service!

Look for the Union Label!

14 posted on 02/06/2013 10:19:47 AM PST by Obadiah (We must commit to remove every Senate Blue-dog Democrat from office in 2014!)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Making the mailbox run on Saturdays to keep my mail from being stolen is a real PITA.

How are you going to keep people from stealing the packages off your front porch when you take off for the weekend?

15 posted on 02/06/2013 10:32:08 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: P-Marlowe; Morgana

Maybe the post service should contract with fedexpress to do all the mail. UPS already doesn’t run their routes on Saturdays except for special requests.


16 posted on 02/06/2013 10:40:45 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Morgana
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.

Ok, ask congress this. Do your offices open on Saturday? I doubt it. Saturday delivery is stupid. About 75% of my mail is junk the other is a mix of bills, subscriptions and the occasional personal piece.

17 posted on 02/06/2013 10:41:19 AM PST by matt04
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To: P-Marlowe

I get weekends off? Who knew?

;^)

(My packages are delivered in a special lockbox. Only Al Gore can steal them. I caught him at it twoce.)


18 posted on 02/06/2013 10:45:13 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: matt04

I expect the junk mail industry to lobby Congress hard to forbid this. Saturday is their #1 preferred day to have crapola arrive at your house. They’ve organized their whole industry around it.


19 posted on 02/06/2013 10:50:53 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BO Stinkss

Oh, H E L L O Newman!


20 posted on 02/06/2013 10:53:57 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: Morgana

and this is going to save money, how? lay off UNION workers, naaa, lay off management , naaa. Freeze hiring, not likely.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 11:26:15 AM PST by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: Morgana

Whatever will I do without my catalogue from Pottery Barn!


22 posted on 02/06/2013 11:48:15 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Morgana

I could care less if they got to three days. Have to walk to the PO about 1/2 mile away and yeah I understand vets and others get their meds through the mail but if still delivering and just don’t have the window open folks can still get their vibrators and amazon books, oh and meds on time.


23 posted on 02/06/2013 12:23:30 PM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28- 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: Morgana

The Muslim socialist is out of control.


24 posted on 02/06/2013 12:24:59 PM PST by J05h
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To: Morgana

I never have packages delivered on Saturdays. In fact, I seldom receive any mail on Saturdays .


25 posted on 02/06/2013 12:30:06 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Morgana

It says packages will still be delivered.


26 posted on 02/06/2013 12:32:03 PM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: Morgana

It gives them more time to show the outrage of the American people therefore requiring more money.


27 posted on 02/06/2013 12:33:13 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: wac3rd

I like to berates gubmint, and pretend it is at fault for most evils in life. Sometimes I overstate the case against them. But not so concerning the Post office. Going in there is like wandering into a deleted scene from “Dawn of the Dead,” with zombies going through motions habituated during their living years. It’s so gray, humorless, and deadening. Makes you realize what Nietzsche meant by staring into the abyss.


28 posted on 02/06/2013 1:18:45 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Marie Antoinette; latina4dubya

Unless your letter carrier is on the “ overtime desired list”, he/she only works 5 days per week. Your letter carrier has rotating days off, i.e. Monday this week, Tuesday next...so, no, your letter carrier will not get a pay cut.

Cheers!


29 posted on 02/06/2013 3:23:03 PM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: Morgana

A friend of mine (postal carrier) says they have MORE busy work lined up for them, even with this loss of delivery. He also says they’ve already shown the ‘power’ to force employees (in this case two clerks) to take a position at a location in another state!

The morale is lower than he’s ever seen it (he’s a pretty positive minded conservative) and if he’s forced to change location (his options are horrid toll roads to New Jersey or the ‘ghetto’ in his own state) he might just quit.

Not pretty from the inside. Never was, really, but its worse than ever. I told him he was simply born the wrong color... he responded with a link to the beginning of “The Jerk” :)


30 posted on 02/06/2013 3:28:31 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: SgtBob

What about rural carriers? Their system is a tad different since they are evaluated and not hourly employees. Who knows, maybe a raise instead of a cut?


31 posted on 02/06/2013 4:02:46 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Morgana
How am I going to break the news to my beloved Winchester?....he'll need psychotherapy with a two-day wait for the mailman.


32 posted on 02/07/2013 3:36:01 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: SgtBob
And they just raised the rates! F'em!


33 posted on 02/07/2013 3:38:17 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Don’t use them...use UPS or FedEx Overnight Letter. Ya got options, ya know.


34 posted on 02/07/2013 5:43:32 AM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob
LOL....I buy stamps one at a time...I use the USPS so seldom. The bill collectors got tired of me saying...*your check is in the mail*...so we ate the passenger pigeons. :D


35 posted on 02/07/2013 5:59:36 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: BO Stinkss

IBD Editorials

Dear Congress, Please Privatize The Post Office

Posted 02/06/2013 06:44 PM ET

Gov’t Monopoly: So the Postal Service’s genius plan for saving itself in the face of massive consumer flight is to raise prices and provide worse service. Unfortunately, Congress has left it with no other choice.

At the start of the year, the USPS hiked postal rates across the board, and this week it followed up by announcing plans to stop Saturday home delivery.

Obviously, something has to be done.

Last year, the USPS posted a record $15.9 billion loss, and Postmaster Genera l Patrick Donahoe says it’s hemorrhaging about $25 million a day, thanks to massive bloat and a cratering core business.

All but 7,000 of its 32,000 post offices lose money, for example, and a recent government audit found the USPS has almost twice as many mail facilities as it needs, 35,000 excess workers, tens of thousands of unneeded machines, and hugely wasted travel costs.

The fact that 85% of its workforce is unionized doesn’t help, either. In one six-month period, labor agreements forced the USPS to spend $4.3 million to pay workers to do ... nothing.

Meanwhile, first-class-mail volume is plunging. It fell 25% over the past decade and will likely drop another 46% over the next.

It’s not as though the USPS isn’t aware of this. In fact, it’s been trying for years to restructure its operations in light of its crumbling core business.

But it’s been stymied by Congress, which routinely blocks needed reforms either to protect special interests or spare districts from losing a precious post office.

http://news.investors.com/print/ibd-editorials/020613-643441-time-to-privatize-the-post-office.aspx


36 posted on 02/07/2013 7:23:49 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Morgana

Should have stopped Saturday deliveries in 1918 not in August.


37 posted on 02/08/2013 7:53:20 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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