The U.S. Postal Service plans to announce Wednesday that it will end Saturday mail delivery, in one of the most significant steps taken to date to cut costs at the struggling agency.
Saturday package deliveries will continue. So, you’ll get your magazines and junk mail only five days a week. The change is expected to take place this coming August.
With email, on-line bill paying, and reading magazines on the web or on Kindle, this really isn’t a big yank and it’s supposed to save $2 billion dollars a year. If you use a Post Office box, which everyone in my town does, you’ll still get mail on Saturdays. It’s only home delivery that is effected.
Incidentally, I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life. I’m willing to admit it even if many aren’t.
I worked for the Post Office in the ’70s but after 5-years I quit it to go to college full time. Boy, was that dumb! My degree got me nowhere and if I’d stayed a letter carrier I’d have been retired now, with a very good pension.
Hindsight sucks just because it makes our mistakes so obvious to us. Like selling my Bushmaster a couple-years-ago to pay some bills. Nowadays, even if I could find one on the shelves, I couldn’t afford to buy it.
Getting back to the Post Office, I imagine that they’ll use attrition to thin out the letter carrier ranks since “floaters” — the guys who deliver one-day-per-week on five different routes for the regulars’ days off — will not be needed. Just subs to fill in for those out sick or on vacation. It all goes by seniority, anyway.
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