Postal Service to stop delivering Saturday mail


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In a cost cutting move, the post office is making some big changes. Weekend mail delivery is about to come to an end.

The U.S. Postal Service announced that it will stop delivering mail on Saturday. It is a $2 billion cost cutting move that is getting mixed reviews from customers here Kentucky and Indiana.

The changes are set to begin the week of August 5. At the downtown Louisville branch the news took many by surprise.

"It's not good. I do expect mail on Saturdays. Mail and checks, everything. Me sending out mail and paying bills, everything," Alexia Pabillia said.

Others think it is a bad move.

"Mail runs every day and just the fact that you won't be receiving it on Saturdays, I think it's a bad idea," Gardell Starnes said.

"I know a lot of people on disability that get their check through the mail, well, Saturday they may be looking for it," Cordelia Begay said.

The Postal Service has advocated  the change for  the past several years. The service reduction is the latest in postal service steps to cut costs. The service lost $15.9 billion in the last fiscal year, three times its loss from a year earlier.  

"In October at one point last year , the US Postal service had less than four days of cash on hand. That's a very scary situation and it's no situation that any business should be in," Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, said.

The plan does not cover everything, a few things will remain. packages will continue to be delivered on Saturdays and post offices that are already open on Saturdays will remain open.

Mail addressed to PO Boxes will also not be affected. The move is expected to affect 22,500 jobs nationally. A move that the US Postal Service says is absolutely necessary to return the postal service to some sense of financial security.

A local postal service representative says it is too early to tell how many local jobs would be affected, or if at all.