Post Office Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

Packages and prescriptions will still be delivered on Saturday, but not letters, bills or catalogues, according to reports.

Just 10 days after raising postage rates, the United States Postal Service announced today that Saturday mail delivery will cease, effective in August, according to a report from NBC News.

The latest cost-cutting measure is projected to save the postal service approximately $2 billion a year, Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahue told the Huffington Post.

According to a statement released by the U.S. Postal Service, once implemented during August of 2013, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday. Packages will continue to be delivered six days per week. Mail addressed to P.O. boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays. 

According to USA Today, the Postal Service reported an annual loss of $15.9 billion in November, tripling the $5.1 billion loss in 2011. Approximately $11 billion of the loss is tied to labor expenses, primarily from a law passed by Congress in 2006 that requires the Postal Service to fully prepay the retirement health care fund for the next 75 years by 2016. 

According to the statement from the postal service, the department will continue to develop cost-saving proposals, but it also asks Congress to make the post office's budget a top priority.

Taxpayer money currently does not fund the post office's operation expenses. Instead, the office relies on postage and service expenses to function.

concerned citizen February 06, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Oh good does that stamp prives wont be increased since the postal seervice wont be losing any more e tra money since they dont have saturday delivery hours? Time to make all bills online payment now since it is easier and cheaper on us! Do we get extra junk mail on mondays and fridays to make up for saturday?
The Illuminati February 07, 2013 at 02:16 AM
So...we want this same government running our healthcare? Good job people...you get what you deserve!
JT February 07, 2013 at 03:32 PM
how do you lose $16 BILLION DOLLARS!
More Overpriced Fed Employees February 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
it's very simple. we (taxpayers) pay for fat men in short pants to drive around in jeeps with the steering wheel on the wrong side to deliver crap we don't want 6 days a week. The cost to us? We have to pay these lardos $80,000 a year until they die from hardening of the arteries
Patricia February 07, 2013 at 11:58 PM


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