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Saturday mail service saved, for now, USPS says
NBC News ^ | 4/10/13 | Patrick Rizzo

Posted on 04/10/2013 9:01:26 AM PDT by Dave346

The United States Postal Service said Wednesday that it would delay its plan to cease delivery of first-class mail on Saturdays, rescuing for now a service that it says is costly but that many Americans rely on.

The USPS said in a statement that restrictive language in Congress' continuing resolution to fund government operations has forced it to postpone the move until "legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule."

The USPS said that while it is disappointed, it will follow the law but will continue to support the new schedule, which it says would save the cash-strapped service about $2 billion a year.

"It is not possible for the Postal Service to meet significant cost reduction goals without changing its delivery schedule – any rational analysis of our current financial condition and business options leads to this conclusion. Delaying responsible changes to the Postal Service business model only increases the potential that the Postal Service may become a burden to the American taxpayer, which is avoidable," said the UPS statement.

In February, the USPS announced that it would cease delivery of first-class mail on Saturday beginning August. It said it would continue to deliver packages, mail-order medicine, and express mail on Saturday, but not letters, bills, cards, and catalogs.

Wednesday's announcement throws a major roadblock in the way of the 237-year-old agency's attempt to save money as it struggles with the rising popularity of email and social media. The move was also meant to counter the rising costs of funding future retiree health benefits for its workers, as mandated by Congress, which oversees the independent agency of the government.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: postal; usps
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What do people on here think about this decision? Seems the end of Saturday mail has been close for a few years now but it keeps getting saved.
1 posted on 04/10/2013 9:01:26 AM PDT by Dave346
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The only ones who still want it are the unions.

I really don’t care if I get Saturday delivery or not. Another day without junk mail and bills would suit me fine.


2 posted on 04/10/2013 9:06:30 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Dave346

The private sector example of Fedex does deliver on Saturday... but it is specially handled, and invokes extra charges.

The USPS should make this decision on its own, as a business decision, and not encumbered by the political whims of congress.


3 posted on 04/10/2013 9:08:41 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Dave346

Gutless but expected. Communications have changed. There’s less need for delivered mail. With packages, private services are better, faster, and cheaper. With mail, there is absolutely going to be no impact with cutting Saturday service. USPS should downsize, and go to THREE day delivery... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, spending the other two days processing mail. It makes absolutely no difference if you get that paper bill on a Friday instead of a Thursday.


4 posted on 04/10/2013 9:09:05 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Dave346

As far as I’m concerned they could cut it back to tw0 or three times a week!!!


5 posted on 04/10/2013 9:09:14 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Dave346
rescuing for now a service that it says is costly but that many Americans rely on.

In other words, they're heroes because they say so, even though nobody cares then or now.

6 posted on 04/10/2013 9:09:43 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Dave346
Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution provides for the post offices and its roads.
7 posted on 04/10/2013 9:11:05 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: C210N

Problem is the USPS doesn’t get to make any business decision unencumbered of the political whims of congress. The primary reason they’re in trouble now is because congress makes them pay for the next 50 years of their pension, if they didn’t have to do that they wouldn’t be losing money and none of the things they’re doing to cut costs would be necessary.


8 posted on 04/10/2013 9:11:28 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: Dave346

Keep Saturday, add Tuesday and Thursday. Three days a week for delivered mail should be sufficient.

But it will never happen.


9 posted on 04/10/2013 9:13:10 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Dave346

Agree - it’s all about the unions. Most of my mail gets thrown out.


10 posted on 04/10/2013 9:13:35 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Dave346

They will threaten it again when they need more money.


11 posted on 04/10/2013 9:19:25 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Dave346

Cut it down to 1 day a week...I’d be good with it.


12 posted on 04/10/2013 9:21:28 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Gosh yes. Id die if I didnt get a steady stream of pizza coupons /s


13 posted on 04/10/2013 9:23:02 AM PDT by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: Dave346

My thought is this just proves (as if it still needs to be) that nothing will be cut. Ever.


14 posted on 04/10/2013 9:24:51 AM PDT by mykroar (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.-Thomas Paine)
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To: Gasshog

Wow - that was exactly what I started off saying and then I changed it to what I said. Exactly!


15 posted on 04/10/2013 9:28:30 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Dave346

Reason #47 why Obama care will fail...the Feds can’t do anything correctly.


16 posted on 04/10/2013 9:47:32 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: discostu

“The primary reason they’re in trouble now is because congress makes them pay for the next 50 years of their pension.”

Among the rank and file of the USPS, it is widely assumed that these in excess of any practical need pension payments are somehow being siphoned off to other federal pension plans.


17 posted on 04/10/2013 9:47:37 AM PDT by rgboomers (This space purposely left blank)
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What do people on here think about this decision?

The savings were always illusory.

Fact is that Saturday is not a light mail day - volumes are the same as for a weekday. Monday is already an extremely heavy mail day because of being closed Sunday and adding Saturday to that would either have required bringing in more help or letting the build-up trickle out during the rest of the week.

It was a hare-brained plan from the start. Congress must ease the prepayment of health benefits it imposed on the USPS and more high-paid employees should be encouraged to retire.

18 posted on 04/10/2013 9:49:36 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The economy is not a pie, but a bakery.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Yes it does, but it didn’t specify how often the horseback rider or motorized vehicle need to show up.


19 posted on 04/10/2013 9:52:31 AM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: Dave346

What do I think? I’m ticked off at this decision. I hate Saturday delivery and wish I could have it stopped right now.


20 posted on 04/10/2013 9:56:58 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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