Senators call for end of Saturday mail delivery; postal workers say the cut would mean jobs lost
5:07 PM, Mar 24, 2013
10:20 PM, Mar 24, 2013
TULSA - Members of Congress, including Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, are pushing for the U.S. Postal Service to cut its Saturday delivery.
They say it will save the financially troubled mail delivery system $2 billion a year.
Local postal workers say Congress is not focused on the best way to combat their financial difficulties, which they say were created by Congress in the Postal Act of 2006 (http://1.usa.gov/14nGKk2). The bill was passed as a mandate that forces postal workers to fund 75 years of future health retirement benefits-- in just a 10-year span, or $5.5 billion a year.
Cutting a sixth day, according to the Terry Davis president of the local Letter Carriers chapter, would affect more than what is in the mail.
"It would be a loss of jobs. If would be a loss of service," Davis said. "It would be a loss to dependability for the public out there on their medication that they need, especially in rural America. They depend on six-day delivery. Small businesses depend on six-day delivery."
Thursday, Congress passed legislation to keep a sixth day.
But the future of service remains up in the air as they lose tens of billions of dollars a year.
A reason why senators like Coburn are pushing on the postal service to make more modifications to their delivery system.
Coburn, along with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), sent a joint letter Thursday to the USPS Board of Governors requesting that they move forward with the modified six-day delivery plan originally announced Feb. 6.