In an effort to stem its massive losses, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has been pushing a bold move – cutting Saturday deliver permanently.
“The key thing is this. The Postal Service needs to make serious change,” says Donahoe. “We need to address a number of issues, six to five days of letter mail to save two billion dollars.”
The USPS is facing strong opposition, starting with the Postal Union. The newly elected president is rallying his membership to fight for Saturday service. [PR note: NALC is not putting up a fight to keep Saturday delivery?]
Then there’s Congress, which has the final say on any change in delivery and has repeatedly refused to allow the Postal Service to drop Saturday Service.
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, who sits on the committee that funds the USPS, says ending Saturday delivery means the elimination of up to 30-thousand employees, many of those Asian, African-American, and Hispanic, who make up about 40 percent of all Postal Service employees.