USPS Board tells PMG to delay 5 day delivery until Congress gives the OK

Statement From the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors:

“The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9th and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations. By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of August 5, 2013.

“Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule. The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.

“The Board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition 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. According to numerous polls, this new delivery schedule is widely supported by the American public. Our new delivery schedule is also supported by the Administration and some members of Congress.

“To restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability, the Postal Service requires the flexibility to reduce costs and generate new revenues to close an ever widening budgetary gap. It is not possible for the Postal Service to meet significant cost reduction goals without changing its delivery schedule – any rational analysis of our current financial condition and business options leads to this conclusion. Delaying responsible changes to the Postal Service business model only increases the potential that the Postal Service may become a burden to the American taxpayer, which is avoidable.

“Given these extreme circumstances and the worsening financial condition of the Postal Service, the Board has directed management to seek a reopening of negotiations with the postal unions and consultations with management associations to lower total workforce costs, and to take administrative actions necessary to reduce costs. The Board has also asked management to evaluate further options to increase revenue, including an exigent rate increase to raise revenues across current Postal Service product categories and products not currently covering their costs.

“The Board continues to support the Postal Service’s five-year business plan and the legislative goals identified in that plan which will return the Postal Service to financial solvency. The Board additionally urges Congress to quickly pass comprehensive postal legislation, including provisions that would affirmatively provide the Postal Service with the ability to establish an appropriate national delivery schedule.”

  • Kathleen Drury

    Excuse me? No mention of the 2006 mandate? $5.5 billion a year and this is not even presented as a crucial factor in dealing with Congress? Keep Saturday delivery and repeal the mandate.

    • No lay off

      That is a complete different issue that is being taken care of as we sit here today it’s called postal reform both the congress and senate will introduce a bill with that taken out of it or part of it. If people are going to write something on here why not read all of what is going on before you type your studidity on here

      • Will Featherston

        Nice run on sentence and spelling No lay off.

      • Keith Goss

        Learn how to spell before you throw stones, idiot

  • Painter Barry

    Apparently Congress has the bigger package after all.



  • skipper

    Down with the sinking ship.

  • quack

    Stick a fork in us were done thanks to aholes in congress

  • Payola

    How much did this posturing by postal management cost?

  • Duke Voldemort

    Quit blaming Postal Management…It is YOUR UNIONS that brought and signed off on these “poorly trained PSE”s” and the new CCA’s…YOUR unions believe the postal service can survive with all of this part time help…Why did the UNIONScome with this contract if it wouldn’t work??? Is the UNION falsely working to save the Postal service by bringing this kind of contract forward???? Did the union seell ALL of the full time regulars down the Postal River???? Once the Full timers are gone then we will have a workable, WORKING group of employees….then the money that will be saved with all of them gone will make us a profitable business again…right now it is YOU Full timers that refuse to get these PSE’s and CCA’s trained….you do the job, not all of those members of management…it is YOU full time employees that are the face of the Postal service…but when we have this FULL TIME PSE and CCA work force, then we will get real work done and will be the Proud Postal Service that needs to be…and WE will make it as a 5 day work force!!!!

    • JY

      Mr Voldermort, I’m afraid that we need to clarify something. PSEs and CCAs are trained. It’s management’s decision not to utilize them properly. It was also management’s decision not to hire full time people as well (as of 2007). I also need to clarify that the AWPU contracted was negotiated, the NALC’s was decided by an arbitrator. Some of the NALC provisions were based on the AWPU contract.

  • san

    funny but obama has come out today with his plan to do away with all saturday delivery

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      • Surehas

        Obama has put it in the budget to cut Saturday delivery. The statement was released today.

  • PostalSavant

    This sounds like Saturday delivery of circulars will continue and be paid for with across the board pay cuts?????

  • CC

    The Board of Governors supports the move to five day delivery of the mail, as do the vast majority of the NALC membership, as does the public as shown by numerous polls. Congress, and the NALC itself stands in the way of the necessary cost savings realized by realignment of the delivery schedule, and with this pyrrhic victory will doom its members to continued micro-management, renewed attacks on pay and benefits, and, ultimately, the continued fleeing of members from its ranks. Five day delivery will get here, eventually; what will be left of choices, however, for the NALC to bargain with will be lost in the interim.

    • QuestionU

      I question your “assumption” that “the vast majority of the NALC membership” supports 5-day mail delivery. No national vote has ever been undertaken. I believe the majority of letter carriers favor continuation of 6-day delivery. I also believe management personnel in those post offices that continually force overtime on their carriers should be replaced with managers who can financially “manage” their office properly. If the routes require adjustment, require an inspection. If there are too many “open” routes, demand additional carriers—from excess-ed carrier offices, clerks-turned-carriers, wherever… Management needs to properly manage; not wear-out minimal working staff.

      • DEBOSS

        Having 34 years as a letter carrier and a member of NALC I STRONGLY support 5-Day delivery like so many I have talked to and comments on the internet. Apparently your just a part timer and probably ask for alot of Saturdays off. Just remember the next time you want a Saturday off you shouldn’t get it……remember you want 6-day delivery:)

        • QuestionU

          As senior carrier in my office, I too am beginning my 34th year of postal service. But, 6-day is overwhelmingly supported over 5-day here. As a recipient of a rotating day-off schedule, I get a “long weekend” (Fri., Sat. & Sun.) off once every 6 weeks, followed by a 6-day work week, then the rotating days begin again. We have an Overtime Desired List, and carriers can sign up or off quarterly. NO ONE is FORCED IN on OT, except in dire emergency. This is due to good & proper local management acquiring & making best use of personnel. I am very fortunate to serve in an office where management & craft cooperate for the benefit of the office, as well as themselves.

          • DEBOSS

            My day off is Saturdays and when I do work a Saturday occasionally it’s 8 Hours of OT or should I say 8 hours OT for 5 hours of work because of the LOW mail volume……Saturday is a WASTE of Money! From what I was told by another carrier, last Saturday everyone was done and gone before 2pm which 4pm is our quitting time, unless it’s a Saturday. Looking forward when you greedy carriers NO LONGER get overtime. Don’t worry 5-day delivery is coming and I plus many others with laugh our butts off:)


    I’m a letter carrier that belongs to our NALC Union….Saturday mail delivery is a HUGE waste of money. The only people that are for 6-day delivery is NALC and part-time employees. Our part timers aren’t worried about saving the USPS, only concerned about their paycheck! Customers couldn’t care less about Saturday delivery as the numerous polls have proved it. You people can smile for now, but we will get 5-day mail delivery:)

  • Bill Bernardi

    Abolishing the Board of Governors would be a good first step….

  • san

    obama wants to give the money back and close down on saturday so lets get it done