USPS Now Says it Won't Cut Saturday Mail Delivery, Blames Congress
April 10, 2013 2:46 PM
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This move would have saved USPS about $2 billion annually
The United States Postal Service (USPS) was hoping to
axe Saturday mail deliveries
in an attempt to save money, but Congress isn't having it.
USPS announced today that the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met yesterday to talk about the Continuing Resolution for government funding. However, Congress didn't approve the new national delivery schedule.
The new national delivery schedule consisted of package deliveries Monday through Saturday and mail deliveries Monday through Friday starting August 5, 2013.
"Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule," said USPS.
"The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly."
Back in February of this year, USPS announced its plan to cut Saturday mail delivery to only five days per week (eliminating Saturday). It said this would save USPS about $2 billion annually.
For fiscal 2012, USPS saw a net loss of $15.9 billion (three times the loss record one year previous).
USPS has been in a financial decline mainly because of digital mail options, such a electronic letters, bills, etc. This eliminates costs of stamps and shipping charges.
Technology is taking over, and the issue is that USPS can't keep up. In January, it was reported that
USPS wanted to be more digital-friendly
by working on a digital platform called MyPost, which will allow customers to log in and view all packages that they'll be receiving as well as those they've already received instead of searching several different sites that the packages may be coming from.
However, Paul Vogel, president of digital solutions at USPS, revealed that his office is like "a San Jose startup," with only 15 Android/Apple developers, consultants coming and going, one computer and his BlackBerry smartphone. Technological restrictions make upgrading hard to come by.
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4/11/2013 10:15:03 AM
They stop paying postal workers 40-50k a year with full government benefits including all those government paid holidays and retirement benefits to do a job that a retarded monkey could do?
There's guys in the small town of 4000 that i live in that have been mail carriers for 30 years because they are pulling in 50k a year in a town where the average wage is somewhere around 10 bucks an hour. And they get this salary for a completely non skilled job. Ridiculous that my IT position that required years of training and skill makes the same as some dude that just walks around sticking mail in people's boxes.
Maybe if they started with their ridiculous labor costs they'd start making a bit more money.
RE: How about...
4/11/2013 11:50:38 AM
Based on earlier comments, it's not even their salary that is causing the problem -- the problem is funding their pension. Why not just cut off the pension benefit for all future employees. This will help tremendously. How many other delivery people are paid pensions? Lots of other civilian government jobs have no pensions. If the USPS union strikes over this, people probably won't even notice.
RE: How about...
4/11/2013 7:05:37 PM
This has nothing to do with the Unions. This is a problem caused by Congress. You do realize that the USPS receives NO Federal Appropriations, their entire operating budget comes from stamps and other revenue generating operations? But Congress is allowed to screw them over.
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