Post Office to cancel Saturday deliveries in cost-saving effort

Posted at 6:59 PM, Feb 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-06 19:13:06-05

If it didn’t arrive in the mail on Friday, come August it may not arrive on Saturday either.

In hopes of saving about two billion dollars a year, the U.S. Postal Service is making dramatic changes cutting out Saturday First Class Mail Delivery.

“At one point this year, the Postal Service had less than four days of cash on hand, that’s a very scary situation,” said Pat Postmaster General Pat Donahoe.

Postal Workers

USPS could cancel Saturday deliveries in an effort to deal with a crushing deficit.

The U.S. Postal Service has tried layoffs, and has cut Post Office hours at some location already.

Former Post Office Employee Al Deleon says the change will be felt. “People are home, they like to see the mailman come by with their mail,” said Deleon.

People on the street had mixed reactions, one man said, “I can email or text or use the phone.” One woman in Midtown said, “Monday through Friday’s enough and I don’t really want to deal with it on the weekend.”

More people are going online to pay bills, one reason the Postal Service said it is having difficulty. “It’s an important part of our strategy to return to financial stability,” Donahoe said.

Under the plan, prescription medications and packages will continue to be delivered.  Post Offices with Saturday hours will continue to stay open. The U.S. Postal Service said it lost $16 billion last year.