USPS Considers Cutbacks

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The U.S. Postal Service is facing a $7 billion budget deficit this year, and that has officials looking for ways to save money.

One of the ways proposed is cutting Saturday delivery.

"I think it would be fine. Maybe save some money for the post office," said resident Billy Rose.

The USPS is facing unprecedented volume declines. It has been evident for a few years now. Along with the decline the postal service is dealing with a projected, cumulative $238 billion dollar shortfall during the next decade. Eliminating Saturday deliveries is part of an aggressive plan of cost cutting.

"I have no problem with that. If that's going to help save money, then that's the thing to do," said resident Kimberly Sullivan. "Saturday delivery is wonderful, but an extra day waiting for the mail, that's not going to be a problem."

As of right now, many customers send and receive mail throughout the week and on Saturdays. Like Sullivan, there are those who have taken these chores to the web.

Most of the people Newscenter 11 encountered agreed that they were not overly concerned about eliminating Saturday delivery of mail. They said they do worry how postal workers' pay and benefits may be impacted.

Do you think the Post Office should eliminate Saturday delivery?

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 04:21 AM
    voter usps has come along way but most dont understand as long as gov is running the show little can be done to with out a act of congress..
  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    You told it like it is, Voter. Amen!!
  • by Everette Location: Union on Mar 4, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    I Am All For 5 Day A Week Mail Delivery,That Means Less Junk Mail In Your Mail Box To Have To Throw Away.
  • by happy on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    as an individual that works 40-50 hrs a week in all kinds of weather i think it would be a good thing to not work these people on saturday they have families too that they would like to see on the weekends
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Mar 4, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    You can say what you want to about the USPS, but they are an outstanding organization. The number of pieces of mail that get picked up and delivered everyday is amazing. There is no other door to door service that will deliver an envelope from coast to coast for less than 50 cents. And all of the personnel I have ever dealt with at the post office were very nice here in Meridian. The USPS is absolutely first class.
  • by voter Location: meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:51 PM
    BeBe, You sound like you are jealous of not being in a union. One, the union has not ruined the usps. Has the management in the usps taken any cuts in pay or benefits? Probably not. This is like any company they always want to cut the work force that provide the service to customers. If there were more unions there might be less jobs going overseas. If companies treated employees fairly and justly then there would not be a need for a union. How can you begrudge working people from coming together to better themselves? Maybe everyone does not want to work for minimum wage and be on government assistance. The USPS is in trouble due to e-mail and internet pay for accounts, etc. If they keep raising rates people will mail less and less. Why don't the American people demand that management take bonus cuts and pay cuts to help the USPS. The workers should not shoulder the burden alone. People that have not been in a union or are knowledgeable of unions should not believe everything you here.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    well the smoking part is up to the stupper visor to be dealing with as they are to check them out at random.. but this is also proof anything with direct gov. control will fall apart.. if someone wanted competition with them it cant happen due to law .. reason to protect the union ..
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:29 PM
    Our mail carrier basically picks and chooses when she wants to run her route anyway so this will give her an even bigger threshold of laziness. True government drones at work, nothing new here.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:10 PM
    You mean they have been working on Saturday? ;)
  • by BeBe on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    The USPS budget is in the toilet because of its union and retirement boondoggle. No way to make THAT math work.
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