Letter carriers union applauds regulators’ decision on Saturday mail delivery

March 24, 2011: The National Association of Letter Carriers is gratified by the Postal Regulatory Commission’s decision not to recommend a shift to five-day-a-week mail delivery. Such a drastic move would inconvenience millions of Americans, including many who count on being able to get prescription medicines on Saturday; it would damage small businesses for which Saturday is an important workday; and it would have an inordinate impact on rural areas.

“We need to strengthen our only truly national communications network, not dismantle it,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. He noted that the PRC’s advisory findings carry weight with Congress.

Reducing 17 percent of postal service to save 2 or 3 percent in expenses has never been a good idea. It would reduce services to the public, while hurting future USPS revenue as others fill the vacuum. That’s reinforced by the PRC finding that the Postal Service’s estimate of $3.1 billion in savings was inflated by 45 percent, with the proper figure being $1.4 billion. Meanwhile, the commission said, the USPS would lose $600 million in annual revenue, a loss that would only grow over time.

Eliminating Saturday delivery also would delay the mail substantially, the PRC found. And the USPS failed to consider the impact of its proposal on rural customers, commissioners said. Urging care in changing postal delivery, Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway said, “The Postal Service remains a vital, beloved and important institution facilitating economic growth, aiding small businesses, enhancing communications and unifying the nation.”

“I commend the commission for its thoughtful deliberations and urge lawmakers to look carefully at the findings,” Rolando said. “This is an impartial board that takes into account the interests of the public and businesses as well as of the government.”

via Latest News | NALC reacts to PRC report.

  • I Don’t Know Anymore

    Everyone watch very close. They are sneaking through the back door to close rural offics. DUO is happening very quickly, and terribly quiet. This is a prelude to closure! Donohoe touts alternative outlets such as office depot. How many office depots do you see in the rural , mountain area’s? Customers shoud get ready to drive 20-30 miles to do thier postal business. How many e-bay people will that hurt?

  • mike

    I’m a carrier and would love a 5 day work week, our competitors ups and FedEx currently operate Mon-Fri and seem to be doing ok

  • Tim

    Mike, you are totally wrong every Saturday I see Fed Ex. and UPS trucks out. I am sure the whole work force isn’t out but they are out on Saturday’s to a certain extent !!!

  • brian

    FedEx Ground (those are the contractors, not FedEx Express) delivers Tuesday through Saturday. UPS will deliver on Saturday, but tacks on a $15 fee per package.

  • Tim

    Do these contractors use Fed Ex Van’s on Saturday’s? Thats what’s out there every Saturday!

  • Jack

    Mike, You are an idiot.

  • Rural Carrier 1

    Mike, I applaud the idea of having Saturday off. I hope it passes quickly

  • Lisa

    You guys who want off on Saturdays’ are idiots. The only thing that sets the postal service apart from the others is a 6-day delivery service. You keep it up and all carriers will be looking for a job! Maybe you could work at Waffle House or Home Depot for minimum wage…… Just something to think about!

  • Rick

    Right on, Lisa!

  • Lisa 2

    Rick and Lisa wake up! Carriers will be working 6 days at 5 day hour evaluation, after our mail counts chip away at hours, bit by bit! I don’t know about you, but I prefer NOT to have my hours spread out over 6 days when I can get it done in 5, and am being paid for 5 days!

  • Juli

    I work for a small business and we’d absolutely love it if they did away with saturday mail delivery. we’ve been praying for it to happen. to say that small business would be hurt by stopping it is a load of crap. a. there’s nothing that can’t wait till monday. most normal businesses are closed on the weekend. the types that are open all weekend don’t rely on mail that much i’m pretty sure. ie restaurants and stores. b. there are businesses like ours that are only paying people to come in and work for the sole reason of getting mail and processing it. if there was no mail, tons of money could be saved in not having to pay people come in for that.

  • brian

    Sorry, but your comment doesn’t make any sense- if “there’s nothing that can’t wait till monday”, why would your business pay “people to come in and work for the sole reason of getting mail and processing it” on Saturday? Isn’t that, well, kind of stupid? Why don’t you take your own advice and wait until Monday?