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No more mail deliveries on Saturdays


If you rely on the mail to get your bills and to stay in touch with loved ones, you may be in for a surprise! Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Services announced plans to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays.

"There is no change in service. Our customers are our number one priority," says Mary Dando, spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service.

But financial struggles are forcing the U.S. Postal service to cut back. She says every year Post Offices are losing money. The solution? No mail deliveries on Saturday. "It's a way for us to move towards financial stability."

She says customer surveys found this to be a good option. "Seven in ten people were in favor of five day delivery and particularly as a way for us to save. We're saving two billion annually from just doing that."

Post Offices will still be open and to stay competitive they WILL still deliver packages on Saturdays.  "The packages of course, they're our growth product. We have seen a huge number of those."

Tony Flora, member of the letter carrier union says while this may save money, it will hurt some customers. "People who don't have immediate access to the Internet, they're the one's who are going to suffer the loss of the service most. Regardless of your economic status you have access to this sound communication and what this does is victimize the poorer people."

He says this change degrades the service. "When you mail that letter to pay that bill it's going to be delayed by one day because there's one day less service."

Which some customers don't look forward to.

"It's inconvenient. If I'm waiting for something that means I'll have to wait an extra day," says Howard Wallace.

Others say they can handle it.

"I'm retired. I'll just use my cell phone to call people instead of sending a letter. I can manage," says Maureen Farrell.

The change won't take effect until August 5th. The postal service is giving itself six months to help with the transition. As for the jobs, the postal service spokesperson says there won't be any job cuts, but some people will be reassigned.

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