Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Neither Rain Nor Sleet Nor,Hey This Just Costs Too Much!

The Postmaster General is asking for permission to cut one day a week for postal deliveries due to the economy sucking a turd.

I guess that beats raising the price of a stamp to five bucks.

Postmaster Proposes a Cutback in Mail Delivery

Saying the U.S. Postal Service "is in a severe financial crisis," Postmaster General John E. Potter is asking Congress to allow him to cut mail delivery from six days to five days a week.

In testimony prepared for a Senate hearing this afternoon, Potter said he needs "flexibility in the number of days we deliver mail."

"The ability to suspend delivery on the lightest delivery days, for example, could save dollars in both our delivery and our processing and distribution networks, he said. "I do not make this request lightly, but I am forced to consider every option given the severity of our challenge."

He said the cut in mail delivery would be at least one day a week. Currently, the postal system delivers mail Mondays through Saturdays.

"First, it is possible that the cost of six-day delivery may simply prove to be unaffordable," he said in his statement. " If that should occur, it could become necessary to temporarily reduce mail delivery to only five days a week. We would do this by suspending delivery on the lightest volume days."

Although Potter's prepared testimony referred to a temporary reduction to five days, in response to questions he indicated that the continuing decline in mail volume could require the reduction in service to be open-ended.

Potter also wants congressional approval to change the way the agency's funds its retiree health benefit.

The whole article can be found here.

It wouldn't bother me any, just that much less junkmail to throw away.


  1. don't surprise me any that they hung on this long; they are a non-profit [READ: GUBMIN'T NANNYTIT ] venture, though, so floated for a while on fat...

  2. The only people this will hurt is the rank and file postal workers. Carriers, T6's, clerks etc. Meanwhile The Postmaster General, john Potter, took a 39% increase in pay last year and gets bonus's every year. That's not to say there aren't bad carriers or clerks. However, if management was doing their job they should be able to hold bad folks to account. The source of the problems at post office is poor management and it staarts right at your l;ocal office. See my post touching on this subject at "".