Plan To Cut Saturday Mail Delivery On Hold

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2013)—The U.S. Postal Service Wednesday said it’s delaying a plan to cut back to five-day-a-week delivery for everything except for packages in an attempt to stem losses because Congress, in the continuing resolution that keeps government funded, bars a reduction in delivery days.

The cuts in Saturday deliveries were to have gone into effect in August.

The postal service’s Board of Governors “believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time,” a statement posted Wednesday said.

“The board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule...(which) will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the postal service to long-term financial stability,” the statement said.

The board directed postal service officials to try to reopen negotiations with postal unions and management associations to reduce workforce costs and to consider additional options to increase revenue including rate increases, the statement said.