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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs
FOXNEWS ^ | AP via FOX

Posted on 02/06/2013 5:10:29 AM PST by Doogle

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

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To: DuncanWaring

Exactly. The PO is a jobs program. It’s not designed to be efficient or cost effective.


51 posted on 02/06/2013 6:23:57 AM PST by proudpapa (A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb!)
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To: txrefugee
Certainly the overly generous pay of postal employees ought to be reduced by 1/6th when this reduction of service kicks in.

I would bet the union contracts will NOT allow for that. I cannot fathom how suspending one day of mail only can save $2,000,000,000.
52 posted on 02/06/2013 6:24:36 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Doogle

One less day of junk mail.


53 posted on 02/06/2013 6:26:04 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: Doogle

I don not mind losing Saturday delivery.

I love the postal service. Incredible and I love getting mail. Electronics will not replace it in the forseeable future and we will be much poorer without it.

The system is failed but the service it provides is remarkable.


54 posted on 02/06/2013 6:33:58 AM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: vetvetdoug

Affirmative Action has led to counterproductive results in a number of areas.


55 posted on 02/06/2013 6:38:08 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: SumProVita

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Wanna bet.


56 posted on 02/06/2013 6:40:35 AM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: pgkdan; upchuck; Doogle
I know about the little green cards, but some people like our neighbor do all the grocery shopping on Saturday. We've signed for several of their UPS and FEDEX packages that needed signatures. He has a pharmaceutical supply as a part-time job from home and gets prescription samples on a regular basis.
57 posted on 02/06/2013 6:43:55 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: count-your-change

Yep, same here. Our USPS mail lady won’t deliver packages because of our sweet golden lab, Ginger. The UPS man has no problem, the FedEx man has no problem, the NIH man has no problem, but the mail lady just writes “dogs” on the package and takes it back with her to the post office. When we complained, the PO manager said that they cannot legally force her to deliver to any home with a dog.

I wish I worked at a place where my manager couldn’t legally force me to DO MY JOB, but I don’t work for the government...


58 posted on 02/06/2013 6:45:02 AM PST by Fletcher J
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To: Doogle

Dump ‘Em ALTOGETHER !!!!!

Semper BS!
*****


59 posted on 02/06/2013 6:52:00 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: DuncanWaring

I agree with the M-W-F or T-T-S scheme. There is nothing that I get in the mail that can not wait one day.


60 posted on 02/06/2013 6:56:18 AM PST by super7man
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To: edcoil

Lol!

Well, we live in a rural area and our carrier is really a good guy...but I know it’s not necessarily the same everywhere. What has really killed the Post Office is poor management, affirmative action, and negative interference from a bloated government. They also need to take a more critical look at the pension system for their workers.


61 posted on 02/06/2013 6:58:20 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Doogle

I think this has already started in my neck of the woods. I haven’t received any Saturday mail in months.


62 posted on 02/06/2013 6:58:36 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Doogle

With 2 billion saved, the part time hiring begins, negating the Obamacare hours/week req’t saving even more!
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63 posted on 02/06/2013 7:08:41 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: muawiyah

ok, sure: the NIH employee is probably a doctor or scientist, right? Guess what I’m really complaining about is the postal service employee’s benefits that seem extravagant in comparison to other federal employees, not including military programs in any of this. Even if I wasn’t retired military, I’d still want the folks who have given up so much to serve this country at such a possibly high cost (death, permanent injury, separation from family, 24/7 accountability, etc.) to have excellent benefits.

thanks for correcting my general statement tho’—appreciate you keeping me honest! :)

Have a nice day!


64 posted on 02/06/2013 7:15:51 AM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: Doogle
..I'm glad my dad isn't around to see what happened to the USPS

But as far back as the 1960s it became so politicized that the writing was on the wall what would eventually happen...

65 posted on 02/06/2013 7:25:10 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Chickensoup
Agree on the quality of the postal service. It is reliable and cheap compared to other countries' postal services. The Post Office has been hit by the Internet, which decreases the volume of first class mail--their real profit maker. You can pay bills, write letters, send electronic cards, conduct face to face meetings, etc. via the Internet.

The Post Office must also compete with FedEx, UPS, DHL who can cherry pick the most lucrative mail and package delivery. The reality is that the Post Office must deliver to every address in the US. It doesn't have a choice.

And the Post Office has been saddled by Congressional interference that hampers their ability to compete, e.g., the amount of money that must be set aside to cover pension and medical benefits--something the rest of the government doesn't have to do.

The delivery of mail is a constitutional responisiblity of government. We just need to unshackle the Post Office and let them run it.

66 posted on 02/06/2013 7:29:01 AM PST by kabar
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To: Doogle

I’m okay with that.

I only check my box once a week anyway.


67 posted on 02/06/2013 7:36:03 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (2 Corinthians 4:8)
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To: sassy steel magnolia
The Pay Scale for Postal Employees
68 posted on 02/06/2013 7:37:01 AM PST by kabar
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To: muawiyah

“Your typical NIH guy makes possibly 5 Times as much as the average postal worker. “

You’re clueless. How about doing some research before spewing your baloney?


69 posted on 02/06/2013 7:37:05 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood
Beginning rate for the most numerous class of postal workers is about $35,000. The beginning rate for an NIH researcher or other employee with a doctorate is just over 5 times that amount.

I don't think you have the slightest idea what you are talking about.

70 posted on 02/06/2013 8:11:17 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Doogle

Years ago, my Father-in-law worked as a janitor at the Post office in a major city. He told of things that happened there, like packages marked “FRAGILE” being thrown around like footballs to break what was inside. “DO NOT BEND” packages being purposely bent double, ect.

Later it was also found that mail sorters were stealing mail that looked like Birthday cards because they often had cash in them.


71 posted on 02/06/2013 8:11:32 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: DuncanWaring

Not a bad suggestion!


72 posted on 02/06/2013 8:12:50 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: kabar

That’s not a very good way to see the current pay schedule ~ it’s a classic grade-step system where you start at the bottom and over time rise to the top of that grade. Eliminating Saturday delivery will impact the T-6 carriers but almost no one else.


73 posted on 02/06/2013 8:15:32 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: WalterSkinner
In 1960 the Post Office Department and the Railway Postal Service were highly politicized. By 1972 they'd both been abolished and replaced with the non-politicized USPS.

Currently politics aren't really a problem ~ in fact, it has more to do with the Great Obama Recession which never really ended. Secondarily it's a question of technological transformation where increased mechanization, automation, computerization, robotics and improved work methods have served to incease productivity to phenomenal levels.

Ordinarily growth in mail volume would have kept up with productivity improvement and minimized the need to cut personnel. When mail volume growth stopped productivity improvements didn't. Now they need to cut personnel.

74 posted on 02/06/2013 8:21:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: SumProVita

The Post Office is the classic union labor promoted over time to union management. Like communism, it has failed everywhere it as been tried.


75 posted on 02/06/2013 8:21:32 AM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: Fletcher J

If we get a package too big to fit in the mailbox, our carrier brings it to the door, with two dog biscuits for our dogs.
He gets a nice tip at Christmas for his efforts.


76 posted on 02/06/2013 8:21:36 AM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: muawiyah
..yes politics remained a problem even after it became the USPS

My father saw his post master replaced by a political hack of the local congressman and a tidal wave of affirmative action hires rendered the whole operation substandard...

77 posted on 02/06/2013 8:37:41 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Doogle

Agreed.


78 posted on 02/06/2013 8:51:18 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: WalterSkinner

Since they never did do affirmative action hires I’m not quite following where you are going.


79 posted on 02/06/2013 9:08:48 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: sassy steel magnolia
ALL govt employees get way too many benefits and way too much in pensions....even the military....

we have to face the facts that no govt can continue when its paying people at 20 yrs for the rest of their lives....40 more yrs?...50?...

I like getting mail even if most of it is junk.....we still look forward to "checking the mail"..every afternoon....

80 posted on 02/06/2013 9:53:11 AM PST by cherry
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To: DAC21

“Maybe in Kansas, no way, no how in every post office I have been to in California.”

You have to understand, “muawiyah” is a postal service “lifer” and a minority. He actually believes the USPS is doing a good job. He always supports the USPS “line.” If I remember one of his recent “posts,” the USPS is the place where retired military go to “double dip” after putting in “their twenty.” Don’t really know why he posts here because he does not appear to be a conservative.


81 posted on 02/06/2013 9:59:02 AM PST by vette6387
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To: DuncanWaring
[G]o to every-other-day delivery - half of all addresses get Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery, the other half gets Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday delivery.

What would determine who gets M, W, and F delivery and Tu, Th, and Sa delivery? Could this truly be determined fairly?

ff

82 posted on 02/06/2013 6:29:20 PM PST by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree

Each delivery address is part of a route a carrier covers in a given day. Half the routes would be M-W-F, half T-T-S.


83 posted on 02/07/2013 3:53:08 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: vette6387

..thanks for the post. That explains a lot. Anyone who has firsthand knowledge of the USPS KNOWS that there was a wave of de facto affirmative action hires beginning in the 60s which ran concurrently with the civil rights movement. The EEO made sure of it.


84 posted on 02/07/2013 6:51:33 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: DuncanWaring
Each delivery address is part of a route a carrier covers in a given day.

Duh.

Half the routes would be M-W-F, half T-T-S.

I imagine politics would be involved as to which half is assigned to which days.

ff

85 posted on 02/10/2013 6:42:01 PM PST by foreverfree
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