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Mailboxes To Get Saturday Off?

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Thanks economy for another low blow.

After suffering a record $3.8 billion loss in the 2009 fiscal year, the U.S. Postal Service plans to propose the end of Saturday delivery this morning and then to Congress for review later this week.

Slashing time for postal workers isn't the only cut they are looking to make. The agency is also said to be suggesting closing several branches and expanding the use of self-service kiosks in supermarkets and other retail spots. Despite all these measures, the USPS is still expected to lose $7.8 billion in 2010.

Not good. Not good at all.

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47 comments to “Mailboxes To Get Saturday Off?”

  1. 1

    My dad works at USPS and he says that this is almost certainly going to happen and there is going to be massive lay offs because of it.

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  2. 2

    lol we dont get mail here on saturdays anyways. not that big of a deal.

  3. buck says – reply to this


    the government can't be successful at delivering mail but hey, i have a great idea, lets give them a crack at running healthcare!!! a system that over 80% of the American public is happy with but lets overhaul it and let government be in charge…i mean, they are doing such a bang up job on public education why not turn everything over to them.

  4. 4

    I don't think I've ever had Saturday mail delivery.

  5. 5

    there's no delivery on saturday in canada. not a big deal. You'll survive…

  6. 6

    Of course it's not good. The USPS operates at a loss because it's not run like a business. Employees at the top of the USPS food chain get BONUSES and other stupid perks, and those aren't tied to performance. Instead of giving the over-paid, lazy mail carriers Saturdays off, We The People should demand that Congress clean house and get the USPS back on track. There's no excuse for what's going on, considering that it costs 44 cents to send a first-class piece of mail (and half the time the idiots at the USPS can't deliver the shit right). That agency might not be in so much trouble — despite the threat of internet bill pay, etc. — if it wasn't greedy and incompetent. Shame on them. FIRE THEM ALL AND START OVER!

  7. 7

    Re: buck – @ 3 - as usual, I completely agree w/ your statements and sarcasm!!! :)

  8. 8

    Fine with me. The only mail I get on Saturdays is junk or stuff that pisses me off that I can't do anything about till Monday anyways.

  9. 9

    Canada hasn't had Saturday post deliveries in several decades.
    I always thought the fact that in the US they get their mail on Saturday, is more of a luxury rather than a real need.

  10. 10

    Hey i'm from Aruba, but living in the netherlands for the last year and a half for college n stuff.. It already happened here last year, all Post Offices closed and now we only have "self service" at super markets.. Europe's always millions of steps ahead of America lawls

  11. 11

    I read another article that said USPS conducted a $4.8 million dollar study to tell them that mail volume will continue to decline for the next decade or so. I could have told them that for $2 mill.

  12. 12

    Re: La Garse
    Hey you wanna see bad postal service? I suggest you move to Canada for a while; the worst and most expensive postal service I've ever encountered and I've lived in a dozen countries around the world… just saying…
    And not getting mail on Saturday is the least of Canadas Postal service problems.

  13. 13

    Re: buck – OMG BUCK I THINK I LOVE YOU! I say let em cancel Saturday mail, i dont need to see more bills coming in anyway.

  14. 14

    This is unfortunate for people who depend on the postal system for a paycheck, but it was bound to happen and not because of the economy. With email, no one writes letters anymore. With online bill pay options, no one mails their payments anymore. And you can schedule a UPS or FesEx pick up online. Technology is changing everything. The USPS should have foreseen this coming 10 years ago. Raising the price of a stamp is not going to fix this problem for them.

  15. 15

    I say fire them all. Who needs home mail delivery anymore the only thing I get delivered to my house is junk mail.

  16. 16

    GenGossip, if you're being told there will be layoffs bcause of no Sat delivery, that's not really accurate; the post office does not layoff or fire people (other than for offenses, such as stealing). And if people are so upset at that bank-busting $.44 for a stamp, then send a letter FedEx or UPS and see what they charge. Geez!

  17. 17

    Re: cute_puppy – LOL … if the USPS enrages me (and it does), would I manage to cope with the Canadian mail system without … going … POSTAL? ;)
    The USPS is AWFUL. I get other people's mail constantly, and I've got a carrier who won't get his ass out of his truck to deliver certified mail. He leaves the slip … and NEVER attempts redelivery like he's supposed to. Carriers are paid far too well to be so damned LAZY and to do the job so badly. In addition to being paid more than they're worth, they have excellent benefits. It's a cush job. Those morons can't figure out why Americans look for alternatives to their "services," and will no doubt piss and moan about how bad they've got it. Nevermind the shit service they give us, huh?

  18. 18

    Wow you guys had Saturday mail delivery. I don't remember that ever existing in Canada.

  19. 19

    Re: das boot2 – I use online billpay and other methods of communication just to make sure the crooks at the USPS DON'T get any of MY money. I wouldn't mind paying 44 cents if I got good service, but I don't. In a world where "you get what you pay for" is a common saying, it's sad that it falls so far short of being a truism for the agency. They keep hiking prices and keep doing worse and worse. FedEx and UPS cost more, but one definitely gets what one pays for with those guys. They're worth it if you have a need for their services. The USPS is not.

  20. 20

    i work for the post office in canada. independent offices are open to drop off mail or pick mail up that is being held. but there is no delivery of mail. if receiving mail on the weekends is that important use UPS or fed ex. i dont see the need to have junk mail and bills delivered on a Saturday anyways.

  21. 21

    I'm a Canadian and if you think the USPS is awful, you ought to come up here and try ours. I don't think we've ever had Saturday delivery, and to send the tiniest package possible within Canada, even within your own province, costs a minimum of $11.

    You guys have media mail, which is awesome. That makes it possible for you to have things like book exchanges, because for $2 you can send a book across the country. Here that would be impossible.

    Whenever I order something from the U.S., I make sure it's going to be shipped by USPS. I have never had any problems and it's usually at a reasonable (or better than reasonable) rate.

    I think you are very lucky to have the postal system that you do! It's a shame that it's losing so much money though.

  22. 22

    Re: La Garse
    It's not that I disagree with you; it's just that here in Canada I would settle for a post delivery person who a) can read & write b) speaks a known language (maybe even English) and c) doesn't decide that the weather isn't great and not delivers mail that day (snow in Canada, must have come as a terrible shock…)
    And all THAT for only 2 to 3 times as much of the postal rate as what you pay in the US
    When I lived in the US, I was happy as a pig in clover with USPS..hahahaha

  23. 23

    WTF!! They are already known as "snail mail" lets give them another day off so our mail can take its sweet ass getting to me. Here is a thought remove all of the ppl in the post office that just weigh your mail & add postage with computers. They are smarter & quicker!

  24. 24

    I have never received my mail on Saturdays and we get on get on just fine. Hell, with our postal service (in Canada), we're lucky if we get our mail within 2 weeks of it being mailed.

  25. 25

    I'm not to concerned about not getting mail on Saturday…but I feel bad for all the people that are going to lose their jobs because of it. With the economy the way it is it really just breaks my heart to see more unemployed

  26. 26

    I live in Canada and don't get mail on Saturdays. That's ok with me though, i can wait until Monday's to get my latest bill in the mail. I'm not on pogey so the government never sends me any money.

  27. 27

    I moved from the US from Canada. First, people told me Canada mail was bad but I have not had problem with 2 years living in Canada. I do get my mail on time. I don't know why Canadians complain.

    Second, I don't miss Saturday delivery one bit. I thought I would, but I don't.

    In fact, I get a lot less junk mail than I did when i lived in the States. I HATE JUNK MAIL.

  28. 28

    thats ok. that means the ups will be keeping the sabbath and following the 7th day adventist schedule. im jewish and observe sabbath on saturday and i can never sign for packages anyways on saturday since we cant write anything on saturday because of the sabbath. writing is concidered work. maybe now i can work full time for the postal service without taking off a day for the sabbath since they wont on saturday any more

  29. 29

    NO! I need my Netflix on Saturday. Maybe if they'd quit raising their prices every month they wouldn't lose so many customers.

  30. 30

    Could it also be that most people pay their bills online and mail volumes have dropped? Why is everything always the economy?

  31. 31

    Re: buck – The post office doesn't work well because it is underfunded. If Congress hadn't passed legislation decades ago that only allowed for a $0.02 increase per year, this wouldn't have happened.

    The GOP solution is always to underfund programs, and then wonder why they don't work. And 80% of Americans do not like our health care system the way it is, you have been fed a bunch of crap.

  32. 32

    At my school we don't get mail on Saturday (well, delivered to our box) and it SUCKS. When something is supposed to be here (something that you need), I have to wait until Monday to get it. I understand why they're doing it, but I wish they could find another way.

  33. 33

    Re: das boot2
    my husband is a letter carrier, but even if he wasn't, i wouldn't mind a .44 stamp! if people want to complain about costs, i agree with you, let them ship with other companies (as if their costs don't go up as well).
    ie: as of 1/4/10, ups had increased their rate according to "rising costs that affect all businesses".
    i know that many don't understand the in and outs of the usps, but please let me reassure you that this job is no cake-walk. it's not just issues like weather, it's political, and can be stressful at times.
    please support the usps!

  34. 34

    I can't believe you guys still get Saturday delivery. We don't have it and I couldn't care less. One less day a week to get bills

  35. 35

    We don't get Saturday mail either. Never have. I didn't even know they delivered on Saturdays.

  36. 36

    Re: Chandler – I could not agree more.

  37. 37

    Nooo! I liked that they deliver stuff on Saturday! For the most part I love USPS. They are way cheaper than UPS and FedEx, and faster because they're were still open on Saturday.

  38. 38

    That's why USPS should be PRIVATIZED!!!! Private companies are what make money and strive to be successful. The government ALWAYS (yes always) screws up everything they put their hands on. The gov't doesn't have shareholders to impress or run the risk of shutting down, BECAUSE WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE TO FOOT THE BILL when they do terribly. Why would any government run program do well, when they just don't have to?? Trying takes way too much effort and nobody, especially in the government, is ever willing to try. And if you don't believe me why don't you compare USPS to FedEx or UPS, sh*t DHL is better than USPS!!!! For that matter, compare a Private or Charter school to a public school. Better yet, why don't you compare Medicaid to Blue Cross or any other private insurance company. :)

  39. 39

    Lol I don't get mail on Saturday either… Mon-Fri is good enough, trust me!

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  41. 41

    Re: monroe444 – gotta start mailing more!

    and WHY doesn't the post office just raise the stamp, raise it AS MUCH as they need to get by people WILL PAY! Then they can make their money back! I dunno I just can't imagine NO MAIL on Saturday! BUT, Canadians are on here saying Canada NEVER gets mail on Saturdays well then I guess we could live! LOL!

  42. 42

    F**k. That's gonna screw w/ my eBay…

  43. 43

    give them the weekend off. mail on saturday is not life or death. haha come to canada. its good here.

  44. 44

    Re: SammiDe – i work at a supermarket we have been selling books of stamps for as long as i have worked here going on 15 years now…so maybe they can put in mailboxes to…that would be nice…but if i want to send something i just catch my mailman and hand it to him or pin it onto my mailbox

  45. 45

    And you want the government controlling your health care? Hope you don't get sick on a Saturday.

  46. 46

    Re: DazedNCnfused – Amen! It's good to know that some Americans still use their brain! :)

  47. 47

    get rid of all the deadwood on top that have nothing to do with mail. The assistant to the assistant of the director of the 4th stall of the sixth floor men's room making $90,000