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U.S. Postal Service Will Keep Saturday Delivery

— 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 Aug. 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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daisymae 1 year, 6 months ago

Why not charge these companies that want all this "junk" mail delivered extra for the delivery?

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 6 months ago

I would be fine with no Saturday service. What burns my cookies is the prices of stamps going up every year when they can cut out Saturday service instead to save money. Oh, but Congress won't let that happen.

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GeeGee 1 year, 6 months ago

The mail keeps getting slower and slower! See the post man at 5:00 over by Palmyra Road yesterday. Bet the mail in those boxes for outgoing did not get shipped to Tallahassee until today. Do not place outgoing mail in your box unless it is no rush on it. I added a couple of my bills to pay online and I just paid off my house. So life is getting better!

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

I remember getting our mail at 10:00am in the morning, now it's after 6:00 before my mail comes. Before long it'll be midnight getting our mail.

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GeeGee 1 year, 6 months ago

BTW, went to Brunswick several weeks ago. Traveled Hwy. #82 and there is a town every 5 miles apart. Each one of these hick towns has a post office there. Sylvester, Tyty, Tifton, Brookfield, Enigma, Alapaha, Peason, Waycross, Willichoochee, there are at least 3 more towns in Atkinson County and Nahunta and Hoboken. Now mind you it is only 155 miles from Sylvester to Brunswick and I am not even counting Brunswick. This is where the glut of money is going. Who needs a post office every 10 miles and in Albany they are trying to close one of our major drops.

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whattheheck 1 year, 6 months ago

And if you noticed, the POs in Willacoochee and Pearson are large nice new expensive buildings, first class for sure. As long as the Congress--no paragon of efficiency,effectiveness or economy--keeps it hand in the pie, there will be no cost reductions unless politically expedient. At the USPS, the sign on the exit door should read "Will the last person out turn out the light".

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Amazed2 1 year, 6 months ago

Mail as we know it will soon bite the dust like the Pony Express. Times are A changing! In 10 yes you will be complaining about something other than stamps. People will pay $3.50 gallon for gas but bitch bitch bitch about a stamp.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

NOBODY willing to sacrifice ANYTHING even when it is almost completely MEANINGLESS.

THIS IS WHY THE USA IS GOING DOWN THE DEVIL'S COAL CHUTE.

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