Would You Miss Saturday Mail Delivery?

A proposal would end Saturday first-class mail delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly announcing on Wednesday that it will stop Saturday first-class mail delivery by Aug. 1, reported CBS News.

Mail personnel have delivered mail on Saturdays for 150 years, but the plan is to end regular mail service, while maintaining Saturday delivery for packages and express mail, CBS News reported.

The move is the latest attempt by the cash-strapped federal department to save money. It has already cut employees and service, but still reportedly lost $16 billion last year.

What do you think about this idea? Would you miss Saturday mail service?

david mokal February 06, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Just think how many trees they could save by eliminating junk mail
Robert L Homeyer February 06, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Do away with the junk mail and deliver the real stuff 3 days per week. I grab the mail, keep the bills & cards, and push the rest in the trash. The mailman delivers the mail and then Waste Management carts most of it away.
AHM February 06, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Stop the junk mail, then what will they have to deliver.
david mokal February 06, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I hardly look at them. Waste of paper. Also when you get a bill especially from Sears at least 5-6 adds in there as well.
Brandon Wilson February 07, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Fine with cutting back 1 day of delivery if really will save the USPO so much $ but think eliminating Wed. Delivery would be much better as mid-week and would not mean so many days in a row when no delivery! Also Sat. Is only day some people can interact with their postal person.
Steve Meuse February 07, 2013 at 03:49 AM
This doesn't affect your regular letter carrier. S/He only works 5 days a week now and that will continue. They have rotating days off and part time or temporary workers fill in when the letter carrier is off. Eliminating Saturday delivery will mainly just end those hard to manage, every changing fill in letter carriers.
Tom M February 07, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I wouldn't miss the mail delivery one bit. Most billing or notifications are on line today. I hate paying for a service to an employee who doesn't want to be there. Save the Billions of dollars we waste every year and feed the hungry in our own country. At least the money would be put to good use instead of paying for the delivery of coupons every day.
Susanne Guirakhoo February 07, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Saturday delivery is really not essential. Many countries only deliver on weekdays, and nobody misses it. We are too accustomed to instant service and immediate gratification. That bill you receive on Saturday is not due for another week or two. Invitations or reminders are mailed weeks or days ahead of time. And the junkmail can surely wait until Monday, too. Here are a few websites where you can add your adress so you will not receive unsolicited mail. The first link is for mail in general, the second one for catalogs. https://www.dmachoice.org/ https://www.catalogchoice.org/login My son's school has an event every year during Earth Week where families bring in their unwanted catalogs, cancel them online, and put them in a pile. Unbelievable how high that pile gets! Gives the children a visual how many trees could be saved by switching to online options. Sorry, that went off tangent a bit. But I wanted to reply to the comments regarding junk mail.
quasimodo February 07, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Following the 1970 postal crisis, Congress changed the status of the USPS to a quasi-independent government enterprise which would supposedly operate in a more “business.” But in reality, Congress could not help intervening in its operation. For decades, with their eyes on the bottom line, postal executives have been trying to streamline the system. They tried to shut down the inefficient and costly, little post office at a rural crossroads (there are tens of thousands of these). Sure enough, the local representative rose up in indignation, as an attack on a piece of Americana. Furthermore, each time, the USPS executives tried to eliminate the Saturday’s deliveries, which about 70% of Americans favored in order to slow down the constant postal increases, Congress again stepped in to stop it, bowing down before the National Association of Letter Carriers and other politically influential organizations, such as drug delivery companies and weekly newspapers. The USPS mess is but another example of what ails the US Representative Democracy: Members’ of Congress obsession with their reelections, which trump the will of the majority in favor of the wishes of well-organized interest groups that represent tiny minorities of the population.
A Taker February 07, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I took a 20% pay cut last March. It's time for Postal workers to do the same.
A Taker February 07, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Correction: It's time for ALL government workers to take a pay cut.
Irish426 February 07, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Well said and why many of us recoil in horror at the Federal take over of healthcare.
city guy February 07, 2013 at 02:59 PM
hey Ataker better get to walmart as there is a rush with storm coming and we need more stock boys lol,
Eileen Cushing-Craig February 07, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Do not blame the post office or your local letter carriers for the junk mail you receive. They do not generate it. They are required to deliver it. As the wife of a letter carrier, I can tell you that the routes are longer and there is more mail on most routes in Chelmsford than ever, due to having fewer full time and part time carriers in the office. Many letter carriers have retired or changed professions, and they have not been replaced. No new hires in a long time. Also, no raises in a long time. People are misinformed about the cushy salaries and benefits. I'm here to tell you that most of your local letter carriers bust their butts to deliver your mail on time and with a smile.
coldwaterdiver February 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Wont someone please think of the trees.........
Pasta Pete February 07, 2013 at 03:53 PM
City guy, what time does your shift start?
JJ February 07, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Completely agree with Eileen. As the daughter of a letter carrier, I can confirm that people are very ill-informed about the cush salary and benefits. Pay cuts aren't the answer for a work force that is already working in some pretty tough conditions. I haven't found any specific details, but I'd love to know what the revenue breakdown is between stamped letters/packages vesus pre-sorted first class mail. I'd also be interested in other forms of revenue for them. I would pay out of pocket to stop receiving junk mail and I would gladly hand that cash over to USPS. $25 a year and I don't get a weekly flier. And then bump the cost of a letter up to $1 and just leave it there for a while. $1 seems like a small price to pay for a piece of paper to make a crosscountry journey.
A Taker February 07, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I already have 2 part time jobs in addition to my full time job, City Guy. I suggest you and all other hacks do the same.
Wind Dummy 25 February 07, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Mail your junk mail back, they love that.
john smith February 07, 2013 at 05:02 PM
A 20% cut for a postal worker is a huge hit. They make around $20 an hour. Changes have to be made but why take money from working class people?
Who Me? February 07, 2013 at 05:20 PM
What part of Business 101 is it that folks aren’t getting? Seriously… The USPS is a Business that exists to sell a product. That product is mail. In the course of running that business there are generated expenses. Total Sales… minus expenses = profit The USPS is losing 16-17 Billion Dollars a year. Since it’s only Taxpayers money we all know that it’s not real money….. However, if the USPS is to reach a “break even” point they have only 3 choices. A. Decrease the amount of total expenses B. Increase the price of the product (mail) C. A+B 77% of the USPS expenses are tied up in salary and benefits. So if you need gold…you better dig where the gold is. If you increase the cost of the product (mail) it is likely that you only lose additional business causing additional and unsustainable business costs. It really is that basic and simple. Every business in America lives and dies by this fundamental rule every day of the year. Some survive…..and some don’t.
A Taker February 07, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I'm working class people, and I have to endure a 20% pay cut. Why can't they?
AnnieOMalden February 07, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I worked on the last Mayoral campaign knocking on doors and came to have a greater appreciation for our letter carriers. Up and down long flights of stairs in whatever weather New England has to offer, all day 5 days a week is no picnic. It amazes me more people don't put their mail boxes at the bottom of those fights of stairs! They deserve a lot of credit and thanks for what they do. The money can't be that great as many of my co-workers at my night job have it as a second job. I don't know how anyone can do both, no matter what their day job is. Management may be a different story. Perhaps like many management bloated entities the cutting should start at the top.
malcolm nichols February 07, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I would suggest eliminating delivery on both Saturday and Wednesday. The cost issue with the post office is that it is quasi govermental. Their income may infact exceed their direct expenses (profitable); however, the feds step in and screw it up by mandating use of the income.
Eileen Cushing-Craig February 07, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I would also suggest that the postal service could reap huge fiscal benefits from eliminating layers and layers and layers of middle management jobs, and by re-evaluating the lofty bonuses that are paid out at that level every year, whether the office is profitable or not. But it's not only about getting rid of jobs and cutting salaries. The post office needs to be creative about offering new products and services, making it easier for customers to get their important mail and to mail out their items. It's the internet age...they have to get with the times.
Eileen Cushing-Craig February 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Hah...I hadn't read your post when I posted my later comment about cutting postal management. Trust me when I tell you. There's plenty of fat to be cut at that level.
Wind Dummy 25 February 07, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Analysts had been warning that FedEx stood to lose considerable revenues because of post office budget woes. Some predicted that FedEx could lose as much as $400 million a year in revenues from the post office after the current contract runs out. Government sh@t running down hill as usual...Ineptness on display again http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jul/16/fedex-faces-potential-loss-us-postal-service-busin/
tom reardon February 08, 2013 at 12:28 AM
PMG has been looking to making changes which include reducing the mail delivery to 5 days........
NP February 08, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Thanks!! I just went on the website and opted out of all junk mail!! Ya!
Wind Dummy 25 February 09, 2013 at 04:24 AM
@ Who me, come on man please...The USPS as well as AMTRAK are huge tax open sore bleeding payer subsidies...This is BS, the U>S> Government can't, and in fairness shouldn't be, running what is a potential boon for the country & tax payers. Privatize anything that touches the private sector or the whole shebang! The only bang for the tax payer buck is the DOD, as it should and was designed for.. Name me one other "dept of" that works at all within budget. If we had a budget... Just since July, the USPS added $2.4 billion in red ink. Yet its rivals, mainly UPS and Federal Express, earn profits and pay taxes.Ultimately, the taxpayer will have to make up the shortfall... The Postal Service is supposed to be run like a business. But can you imagine any private business that maxed out its credit line, then the CEO and the board of directors took a vacation on an island somewhere?" Overall, Amtrak has soaked up $40 billion in taxpayer subsidies since the government created the service to take over most U.S. passenger rail travel 40 years ago. And other example of state subs, here at home, that gobble up tax payer money is right in our own state..The "T"...These dept of's are where political hacks go when nobody wants them but can't find a place for them, but owes them...lucky us... http://www.ocregister.com/articles/government-375028-amtrak-service.html


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