USPS will end first-class service on Saturdays in August
The United States Postal Service has announced another cost cutting measure that will end a long tradition.
The USPS says they will end first-class mail service on Saturdays starting the first weekend of August. The postal service has been facing mounting financial trouble since 2006. That is when Congress mandated the USPS fund the next 75 years of their retiree healthcare within 10 years.
The annual payments that top $5 billion dollars have erased any black ink on the postal service's balance sheet since. The results being, increased stamp prices, branch closings, and now the termination of mail delivery on Saturdays.
Dionne Montague with the USPS says the changes will save the Houston Division over $80 million next year. Montague says priority mail, express mail, or medicines will still be delivered on Saturdays.
On top of ending Saturday service, the USPS has shed over 100,000 jobs through attrition since the mandate. Montague says the USPS has not, and does not plan to layoff any employees.