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U.S. Postal Service Announces End to Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

UPDATE (10:28 p.m., Feb. 6, 2013): Local mail carrier Jeri Lynne Juetten told Patch that five-day delivery will begin on the week of Aug. 5 in Hudson, and that Saturday parcel deliveries will continue. 

In Hudson, full-time carriers will work Monday through Friday. Substitute carriers will handle Saturday parcel service along with coverage for sick days and vacation days, according to Juetten who has been a carrier for 11 years.

Juetten said she has worked Saturdays for all but one year of her time with the U.S. Postal Service and is looking forward to the changes.

"Some people are not happy with this decision, but me I'm all for it," she said. "This has been the talk for a while. Finally, we have a date. I hope people realize how hard our job really is and what a relief it is to know we're going to have two guaranteed days off in a row. Being a mail carrier can get very overwhelming."

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ORIGINAL POST (9:39 a.m., Feb. 6, 2013): Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1. 

The Hudson Post Office is located at 808 Heggen St.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

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Irving February 06, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Personally I would like to see them stop delivery all together. The extremely rare real pieces of mail I get are swamped in all the advertising nonsense that fills my mailbox. I would love to have the option of opting out of postal mail service.
Frank McGruber February 06, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Saw this coming for a long time. More evidence the government is inept at cost control. Honestly, though, who needs mail on Saturdays? Almost everything I receive is junk anyway.
Kent L Phillips February 07, 2013 at 03:00 PM
We will adjust to the new schedule. I only wish I had confidence that this action will have the desired effect of increasing profits. My confidence would be much higher if our congress would be supportive. Run the PO as a business.
kk February 07, 2013 at 05:38 PM
It has been a planned destruction by the republicans since the early 1970's when it was made a quasi company. it continued when the last administration put a retirement requirement on it. This has been a known to public servants as a move to corporate take over and any mail will be by private carrier only when they choose to deliver it and try to send a single page for less than what $5 anywhere.
Frank McGruber February 07, 2013 at 06:55 PM
kk, Here, let me link you to a movie. You'll probably sympathize very well with Mel Gibson's character. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118883/
kk February 07, 2013 at 09:13 PM
was employee by federal gov 1973. observed it in person. was federal employee when the retirement funding was force on the USPS. only intent to get rid of livable wage federal employees and replace with minimum wage no benefit private companies costing more than the in house people would. corporate has to skim all money first and the crumbs to the service being provided. only objective to private!!
Captain Midnight February 07, 2013 at 09:24 PM
The USPS is not funded by the government. In 2006 in a "lame duck" session of Congress on he last day of the session the TEAPublican passed a law mandating that the USPS had to fully fund the retirement account for 75 years. Without this vincictive mandate the USPS would operate with an annual surplus.
Carbon Bigfuut February 08, 2013 at 12:31 AM
KK, can you please write in whole sentences? Your post make no sense.
Frank McGruber February 08, 2013 at 01:00 AM
@Cpt. Midnight Don't forget that the only 20 dissenting votes against the bill of which you speak (the postal accountability and enhancement act) were Republicans. In both the House and Senate. Only 20, every single one was a Republican. That means that EVERY SINGLE Democrat voted for it. The purpose of that bill was not to destroy the USPS. It was to put some cash money in the coffers so the government could just spend more. The pre-funding was purely an accounting trick. So my comment about cost control is true. Don't be so quick to lay partisan blame lest it make you look foolish. Both parties are to blame as they have both been spending spending spending like it was going out of style. It's just MUCH worse now.
Frank McGruber February 08, 2013 at 01:02 AM
CB, even if kk's sentences were grammatically correct, the CONTENT still wouldn't make sense.
yomammy February 08, 2013 at 01:52 AM
wow...next time in english.... pills are gooooooood....pills are goooooooooooooooooood.....
yomammy February 08, 2013 at 01:53 AM
cmon frank...liberals dont need "facts"...just fellings on what happened...
kk February 08, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Plain english. The right wants to destroy all public service. You will pay to play at what ever corporate chooses you to pay.
Carbon Bigfuut February 08, 2013 at 03:06 AM
No, they want people to be responsible for the costs they burden others with. People don't deserve charity just they WANT it. I notice your management charges people for your services; why not just provide it for free and let the taxpayers bear the cost?
Captain Midnight February 08, 2013 at 05:43 AM
@Frank M. -- I believe the House passed the Act on a voice vote, and the Senate passed it by Consensus or whatever it is called. The "accounting adjustments" are indeed scattered throughout the Act and could easily be "corrected" but that has not happened. Currently Rep. Issa is blocking changes in his Committee.
T N T February 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Who cares if they stop mail on Saturdays. So you her it on Monday. Personally if I leave town for the weekend i don't like the idea of mail just sitting in my mailbox. It is just one day. Calm down everyone. God Bless you and God bless the USA

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