CFL News
April 10, 2013

Saturday mail delivery saved, for now

The United State Postal Service has backed off its plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery after steep opposition

Outrage from citizens and members of Congress has led the United States Postal Service to drop its plan to eliminate Saturday delivery of mail. 

The announcement to eliminate Saturday service was made by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in February but lacked authority. By law, only the U.S. Congress can authorize such a change in operations. Congressional leaders were upset with Donahoe for overstepping his authority and proposing a dramatic cut that would affect communities across the country and caused thousands of layoffs.

Mack Julion, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 11 President in Chicago, expressed relief with the decision and urged Congress to address the bigger financial problem caused by Congressional mandates that prohibit it from acting as a profitable entity.

"We are obviously pleased with today’s announcement from the Postal Service, but our battle is far from over, " said Julion. "There is still an urgent need for Postal Reform legislation from Congress that would address the mandate to pre-fund retiree’s health benefits that is breaking the Postal Service.  Without this legislation the Postal Service will continue to seek other ways to slash and cut service; all of which are counterproductive to the long term viability of the Postal Service.” 

The union argues that the USPS would actually be a profitable entity if Congress didn't require it to pre-fund 75 years of retiree health care in just ten years.  No other government agency or private company is required to pre-fund retiree health care.