(02/06/12) - The U.S. Postal Service says it's ending Saturday mail delivery starting Aug. 1, but packages will still be delivered.
The Postal Service says this will help save a few billion dollars. They expects to generate cost savings of about two billion dollars annually once the plan is full implemented.
"What we're announcing today is not very complicated. Package delivery will continue Monday through Saturday. There will be no changes in terms of post offices hours. If we're open Saturday, we'll be open Saturday. We'll continue to deliver mail to post office boxes on Saturday, which is very important for a number of businesses. Mail delivery will occur Monday through Friday and we will not deliver nor collect mail on Saturday," said Patrick Donahoe, USPS Postmaster General.
Since 2008, there's been a steady decline in the amount of mail delivered.
"People pay their bills online. It's simple, it's easy, it's free. You cannot beat free," Donahoe said.
Seven out of 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the postal service to reduce costs, but people we talked with aren't thrilled about the reduction in services.
"It would definitely affect me. It would mean some of my bills wouldn't come in at the same time. No, I wouldn't like it at all," said Darlene Fisher, of Gaines.
"Yes, we'll have to plan ahead and plan around it knowing that in time past, it was taken for granted, now it's taken away," said Jerry Givens, of Grand Blanc.
The post office says employee attrition and retirements will reduce the need for layoffs.
"We're predicting we will be able to reduce about 54 million work hours making these changes," Donahoe said.
Some postal customers say they don't like the idea of people losing jobs over this.
"We don't need that anymore," Fisher said.
Postal workers affected by the reductions will have the next six months to prepare for changes.
The reduction needs the approval of Congress. The post office says by giving a six-month notice, it hopes Congress will have enough time to say yes to the plan.
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