Contact Us

Cutting Saturday Mail Delivery Only the Beginning for USPS [AUDIO]

Max Baucus at PO
photo by Peter Christian

The United States Postal Service has been forced by government decree to pre-fund 75 years of employee pensions, leading to enormous financial problems for the organization.

Spokesman for the USPS Pete Nowaki says by October of 2013, the organization may run out of money altogether, and until then he says they will continue paying salaries and suppliers, but if changes aren’t made before then, more drastic measures will be necessary.

Nowaki says 6 years ago, the postal service delivered 213 pieces of mail, while in 2012 it was only 160 billion. He says for all those pieces of mail not being delivered, the post office is not selling stamps, which is the primary source of income for the USPS.

Nowaki says ending Saturday delivery will only save about $2 billion dollars a year, however, he emphasizes the fact that post offices will not close and package delivery will continue.

Montana Senator Max Baucus has criticized the Postal Service for threatening to consolidate smaller post offices, saying the rural post office is a gathering place for many rural communities. Nowaki says the post offices will remain open, but some changes will have to be made.

Nowaki says the Postal Service is increasing its efforts to deliver more packages, taking advantage of the dramatic increase in online purchases, thus benefiting from the internet rather than fighting against it.

In larger cities like Chicago, union leaders are decrying the end of Saturday delivery, saying it’s just a union-busting ploy by the USPS management.

USPS spokesman Pete Nowaki

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of KYSS

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KYSS Corral quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KYSS Corral contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.