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U.S. Postal Service will keep Saturday delivery

A U.S. postal worker loads up his truck with mail for delivery from the postal station in Carlsbad, California February 6, 2013.

A U.S. postal worker loads up his truck with mail for delivery from the postal station in Carlsbad, California February 6, 2013.

WASHINGTON — The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service will keep delivering first-class mail on Saturday because Congress has left it no choice but to continue, the service's board of governors said on Wednesday.

The Postal Service, which lost $16 billion last year, said in February it wanted to switch to five-day mail delivery to save $2 billion annually. But Congress passed legislation in March that mandates that mail be delivered six days a week.

"The board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation (of the curtailed delivery schedule) at this time," the board said in a statement.

The board said it had directed managers to seek to re-open negotiations with postal unions to lower total workforce costs.

The proposed schedule would have eliminated Saturday delivery of first-class mail starting during the week of August 5, 2013.

Congress traditionally includes a provision in legislation to fund the federal government each year that has prevented the Postal Service from reducing delivery service. The Postal Service had asked Congress not to include the provision this time, but that request was denied.

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daculascott 1 year ago

Union employees win, Postal service loses. Just as in the rest of bloated federal and state govt job force, they have cut their own throats. They will gnash teeth and cry when the USPS has to eliminate union jobs and cut benefits in order to stay solvent. What a bunch of greedy stupid union thugs.

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danielsobczak 1 year ago

Um...... It wasn't the Union forcing this, it was Congress - and it was not started by the Democrats either. The Republicans did this to the Postal Service. The CONGRESS, not the Union, is forcing the Postal Service to prefund 75 years worth of retirement benefits - including benefits for postal workers who aren't even born yet. Let's lay blame where blame is due.

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Mack711 1 year ago

Remember one thing: it takes 2 to make a contract. If the Postal Service and the union agree on a contract for working conditions as well as pay and benefits then a contract is complete. Both sides can refuse to agree then what will you have. One side is just a guilty as the other. Same thing that the sports world has. It takes 2 baby!!! it takes 2 to agree.

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kevin 1 year ago

This is an incompetent Federal government at its best. A business is about to go bankrupt, or not be able to pay its bills and Congress "tells" them the taxpayers will be happy to bail them out for about the 20th time. Let the head of the USPS run the place and keep the people failures in Congress out of it. We came close to stopping Sat delivery! Guess we will keep "throwing" our tax money into a sink hole, paying for folks like mailmen to make up to $80.000 a yr. plus benefits and a fat pension. Privatize it, but don't keep dumping our tax money into it.

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kevin 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Instead , they are going to curb service only. Leave it to government to screw up anything it touches. dream. Not all streets are conducive to allow for a mail truck to go up and down the street. Cars block the mailbox and bingo, you have another problem. Stupid is what stupid does.

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