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Posted by on Jan 29, 2009 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

USPS May Cut Tuesday Delivery

Perhaps the long awaited announcement that was supposed to come out on January 16, the United States Postal Service finally announced a major potential change to its operations yesterday: no Tuesday delivery.
The United States Postal Service
Massive deficits and declining mail circulation could force the USPS to cut delivery, John Potter, the postmaster general told Congress. Though many would first guess that Saturday delivery would be the first day to be cut from the current 5-day delivery schedule, Tuesday is typically the lowest-volume day of the week, and would thus be most vulnerable to cuts.

“It is possible that the cost of six-day delivery may simply prove to be unaffordable,” Potter said. “I reluctantly request that Congress remove the annual appropriation bill rider, first added in 1983, that requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days each week.”

“The ability to suspend delivery on the lightest delivery days, for example, could save dollars in both our delivery and our processing and distribution networks. I do not make this request lightly, but I am forced to consider every option given the severity of our challenge,” Potter said.

An independent study from George Mason University last year estimated that moving from a six-day to a five-day delivery would save the post office about $1.9 billion annually. This may not be enough, though. Last year the post office was $2.8 billion in the red last year. “If current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year,” Potter said in testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

The Postal Service will consider additional options as well, including further postage increases and limited the amount that it contributes to health benefits via advanced payments.

  • Lily KaTZ

    If the USPS, (Post Office) does not reduce its workforce while cutting one day’s delivery they won’t have accomplished much saving. They are overstaffed with workers and management too and the union contracts in place will not allow them to ave a meaningful reduction in staff. They appealed to middle aged workers to retire early without offering any kind of buyout and hardly anyone took it. They will have to bite the bullety and either find a way to lay off or find some funds to buyoput surplus workers.

  • Randall Kathleen

    Well I have only been with the Post Office for 1 year as an RCA so I know what that me for me (I’m expendable). With a 5 day work week they won’t have much need for subs. (I am just glad my mother has been Clerk for 23 years so she may MAY be okay) But truly, what is going to happen to the little people. No one else is hiring and we have mortgages and families to take care of.

  • Kevin Bayer

    If the postal service gets rid of Tuesday delivery the post office will certainly lose business customers. If you lose customers you lose revenue! How can Saturday not be the proposed day to cut? Most businesses do not mail on Saturdays? Not only do they not mail they don’t expect their mail delivered until regular business days.
    Customers want a service they can rely on during regular business hours.

  • sharon

    I work on saturdays and it is just amazing how people think there is little mail and little mail outs im there i see what our little post office brings in seems like a waste to cut saturdays,and ya what about the subs they are without jobs just s*cks!