Postal Service backs down on ending Saturday mail delivery, saying Congress gave it no choice

  • Article by: PAULINE JELINEK , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 10, 2013 - 10:52 PM
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falcon1681Apr. 10, 1310:31 AM

In other words, in their quest to privatize the mail service, the right passed legislation that was specifically meant to drive the post office into financial ruin. And now, just to make sure that it's going to work, the right is passing more legislation to prevent the post office from trying to fix the problem.

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bmmvk3Apr. 10, 1310:40 AM

Congress needs to reverse the prohibition. Saturday delivery is not needed and is wasteful.

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J_DubyaApr. 10, 1310:54 AM

The republican-controlled Congress makes yet another decision to leads to more wasted spending. The hypocrisy of the right wing knows no bounds.

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julio57Apr. 10, 1311:00 AM

So let me get this straight.....Congress has passed legislated that the USPS must pre-fund the pensions of its' employees for 75 years (while no other govt. or govt.-overseen entity does), causing serious budget issues and pushing the USPS into the red. In turn, the USPS says the only way to save money is to cut services. Apparantly BOTH sides have no idea how to operate a businesses, create and stick to a budget, and save money. Congress's law was a pure power-play to push the USPS so far in debt that they must privatize. The USPS's response is to not address the real issue: The outrageous wages and benefit packages it's employees have received for the better part of a century. With no offense intended to USPS employees, the vast majority are unskilled workers, no different then a lug-nut tightener at the Ford Plant or the shovel operator on the road crew. They should NOT be paid more than teachers, nurses, police officers, etc. I am not anti-union, but the USPS needs a union-buster to come in and tell them to get with the program. They will ALL lose their jobs if drastic cuts and modernization do not occur, but they can't do so because of the power various postal employee unions carry. Then cut Saturday delivery, then raise the price of a stamp to 55 cents, charge ALL government entities (i.e. congress, ex-presidents, and various departments) the same price as the rest of us. No more free mail just because you work in the Capitol. Just a few ideas.

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BallFourApr. 10, 1311:01 AM

Maybe if everyone in Congress didn't have free mail service we could keep this thing going.

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usa2012Apr. 10, 1311:08 AM

FALCON1681 - I can't understand why the Left, Right or even you would care if they delivered Saturday US mail. Have you ever taken a look at what generally fills the mailbox up that day? We should charge them for littering our mailbox.

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mnblue22Apr. 10, 1311:08 AM

Typical goverment decision, we can't afford it but we're going to do it anyway.

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tjbauerApr. 10, 1311:22 AM

Once again Congress ignores the facts. First class mail deliveries are down 25% over the last 10 years. Anyone who has kids knows this is only going to get worse. Young people are never going to send mail, they use text message and other social media to communicate. The Post Master General has put a reasonable plan together to adjust his business to the reality that the amount of mail being delivered is dropping. How do we ever expect to get out of this debt mess the government is creating if we can't agree on a simple plan to eliminate Saturday deliveries to adjust to the reduced level of mail?

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jgmanciniApr. 10, 1311:33 AM

"Apparantly BOTH sides have no idea how to operate a businesses, create and stick to a budget, and save money. Congress's law was a pure power-play to push the USPS so far in debt that they must privatize. The USPS's response is to not address the real issue: The outrageous wages and benefit packages it's employees have received for the better part of a century."--------So if Congess is forcing the USPS into debt (absolutely true), then how can the real issue be wages and benefits? Without Congress's interference, the USPS would be in much better shape right now and might actually be solvent. You are correct that Congress has not idea of how to run a business or stick to a budget (DUH!), but it's not the postal service's fault that Congress has tied their hands. And it's just one more excuse to blame the unions and gut more middle class jobs. And BTW, postal workers don't make more than teachers, nurses, police officers, etc. Their base pay is in the $40 to $50K range. I don't know where you got that idea.

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drposterApr. 10, 1311:39 AM

Hmm, 60k a year, retire at age 50/55 with full pension.. Skills required? About the same as a 12 yr old paperboy. Cancel Sat service! Dissolve the pension fund and throw them into 401ks like the rest of us.

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