Postal Service backs down on cutting Saturday mail

Posted at: 04/10/2013 11:25 AM
Updated at: 04/10/2013 5:58 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Postal workers have rallied here and all over the nation to stop Congress from getting rid of Saturday delivery services. On Wednesday, they received the news they've been hoping for. Saturday delivery will continue.
The announcement comes just months after the postmaster general proposed the Saturday cut to save money. That move was expected to save about $2 billion dollars per year and cut jobs. But now postal workers are breathing a sigh of relief.

The spokesperson for the postal service told News10NBC about two weeks ago they thought cutting Saturday delivery was a smart move.  But postal workers have disagreed, calling the cutbacks unreasonable.”They have been very outspoken about it and it looks like Congress was listening.

The news is particularly good for small businesses and senior citizens expecting medication on Saturdays. As for the postal service, they say a decline in mail along with rising health costs for postal retirees contributed to a record loss last year. They say they're losing $25-million dollars a day under its current schedule.
Karen Mazurkiewicz, USPS Spokesperson for Western New York, said, “How this all played out is really that we had high hopes. We had high hopes that when we made the announcement that we wanted to go to five days that our legislation would support that . When that legislation was put into affect in the continuing resolution. We knew that had to be looked at. I think we were looking at what all the options were once that legislation was put into affect.”

Kenny Montgomery, National Association of Letter Carriers, said, “The public stood up. The public notified their Congress that they don't want Saturday delivery services to go away and Congress heard them loud and clear. Congress sent the postmaster general a clear message that they are not going to allow the postmaster general to destroy the postal service.”

The post office board says it will look at price increases and reducing workforce costs to save money. That means you could be paying more to mail a letter.