U.S. Postal Service Will End Saturday Mail Delivery

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Saturday delivery of first-class mail will end in Yorktown in August, the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday. Packages will continue to be delivered on Saturdays, and the post offices will remain open. Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning in August, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced Wednesday.

Yorktown residents will not receive letters, catalogs, periodicals and other first-class mail items under the decision. Package delivery will not be affected.

Post offices will operate on normal Saturday hours, and officials say those with post office boxes will continue to have six-day mail delivery.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” Donahoe said. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”

The move to a five-day delivery schedule is intended to cut costs. The Postal Service had originally planned to cut package delivery, too, but officials said the Postal Service's package delivery business has grown 14 percent since 2010.

The Yorktown Daily Voice readers responded favorably to the decision on Facebook about Wednesday's announcement.

"Saturday was a nothing mail day anyway," said John Savoca. "and since priority and package deliveries will remain on Saturday, this is a long time coming and is a prudent cut."

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CtlndMnr:

This is plain and simple union busting by Congressional Republicans.

They are making USPS fund 75 years of pension obligations in a 10 year span ; and prohibiting USPS from attempting any other business options -- such as small bank banking (savings / checking accts)

USPS can and has managed to the 40% drop in Mail volume, ; but is challenged when Congress keeps moving the goal posts.

JCheech:

The fiscal crisis at the Postal Service has nothing to do with "the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits". If that were the case they could align costs with revenues through staff reductions. The truth is that the Post Office is inundated with post-retirement benefits paid to the United Postal Workers Union. If not for the union, the Post Office would be like any other non-union institution and have the option of offering a defined contribution retirement plan (401-k), vs the defined benefit plan (pensions) that the union forced on them. Organizations like the Post Office will not be able to dig themselves out of the hole their unions dug them into until this 1950's pension mentality goes away.