Get ready for some big changes in your mail delivery.
The United States Postal Service announced this morning it will soon no longer be delivering mail on Saturdays.
"We're now at a point where it is absolutely necessary to make that move," said Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General.
U.S. Postal Service officials say the move will save the USPS two billion dollars a year.
The only change to customers?
You'll no longer be getting letter mail on Saturdays, which didn't seem to matter to the people we caught up with at the local post office.
"It just doesn't bother me getting mail on Saturdays, cause usually it's a lot of junk mail," said Pat Welte.
"With the nature of the electronic world these days, I just don't think it's something we relied on as much as we would have in the last 5 to 10 years," said Michelle Kirk.
Other than the change to letter mail, the Postal Service says most things will stay the same.
"There will be no changes in terms of postal service hours," said Donahoe If we're open Saturday, we'll be open Saturday," he said.
Packages and express mail will still be delivered.
This this may be a big change for an American staple, it's one most people support.
"If it saves them money and keeps them in business, I guess it's a good thing," said Welte.
Michelle Kirk "people are always scared of the unknown, this is just something everyone has always had in their life. I know it's important to a lot of people," said Kirk.
The changes will go into effect in August.
The president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Fredric Rolando
released a statement in response, calling the changes "disastrous":
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's plan to end Saturday delivery is a disastrous idea that would have a profoundly negative effect on the Postal Service and on millions of customers. It would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication.
Slowing mail service and degrading our unmatchable last-mile delivery network are not the answers to the Postal Service's financial problems. If the Postmaster General is unwilling or unable to develop a smart growth strategy that serves the nearly 50% of business mailers that want to keep six-day service, and if he arrogantly thinks he is above the law or has the right to decide policy matters that should be left to Congress, it is time for him to step down.
This maneuver by Mr. Donahoe flouts the will of Congress, as expressed annually over the past 30 years in legislation that mandates six-day delivery, which remains in effect today. In the last Congress, which ended in January, a bi-partisan majority of Representatives co-sponsored legislation backing the continuation of Saturday delivery.
This misguided and counterproductive decision is in keeping with the Postmaster General's slash-and-shrink approach to dealing with the Postal Service's financial challenges. Instead of offering a real business plan to tap the full potential of this essential American institution, he is offering a plan that will doom USPS to failure.
The National Association of Letter Carriers has tried time and again to work with Postal Service management to pursue growth measures and cost savings, but it has become clear that the Postal Service leadership's only strategy is to gut the unique postal network that provides us with the world's most affordable delivery service, and to eliminate the services on which Americans depend.
America's letter carriers condemn this reckless plan in the strongest terms. We call for the immediate removal of the postmaster general, who has lost the confidence of the men and women who deliver for America every day. And we urge Congress to develop a real reform plan that gives the Postal Service the freedom to grow and innovate in the digital era.
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