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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Feb 6, 2013 #21 of 114
    PCampbell

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    OK with me if it will save there jobs.
     
  2. Feb 6, 2013 #22 of 114
    hilmar2k

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    Well they aren't sent in a box, so I can't imagine they'll be delivered on Saturdays after this change.
     
  3. Feb 6, 2013 #23 of 114
    Mark Holtz

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    I have no problems with a Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery schedule. After all, most of my mail is advertising, the rest are bills. And, I pay my bills online.
     
  4. Feb 6, 2013 #24 of 114
    Christopher Gould

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    I believe it's first class. Recently the mail hasnt been reliable on Netflix Saturday delivery. I have complained and have been given the first class 3 day delivery line. Yet 90% of the time it's a day only.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2013 #25 of 114
    Christopher Gould

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    To get a chance at new releases. I have to return on Monday so they'll ship the new release on Tuesday. New releases generally go into a wait period after Tuesday. This will be a bummer.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2013 #26 of 114
    dpeters11

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    I think the only things I mail out are things like birthday cards.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2013 #27 of 114
    James Long

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    They say they will cut back staff via buyouts, retirements and less overtime. Cutting Saturday mail delivery seems logical.

    Is there a law that requires the post office to deliver on Saturday?
     
  8. Feb 6, 2013 #28 of 114
    TheRatPatrol

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    Wouldn't bother me any. The majority of stuff I get in the mail is junk and goes straight into the shredder.
     
  9. Feb 6, 2013 #29 of 114
    gregsgoatfarm

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    I can see that none of you work for the USPS as I do - as a Letter Carrier. Mondays are our heaviest days. Cutting Saturday will only make it worse. This declaration is the Post Office drawing a line in the sand. Congress has failed miserably to enact legislation to eliminate onerous payments (5 billion$$/year) to prefund health care up to the year 2080. Maybe now they'll wake up and take meaningful, proper corrective action. Thousands of people will lose their jobs if this takes effect.
     
  10. Feb 6, 2013 #30 of 114
    markfp

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    True, but nobody has said exactly what will be considered a package. Since it's carrying something other than a letter, is the Netflix envelope considered a package? If not, would a flat cardboard DVD mailer be a package? What about an oversize or padded envelope?

    I doubt that that Netflix will just give up on Saturday delivery and will find some kind of mailer that would be considered a package. Of course, before that happens the postal service has to decide exactly what a package is.
     
  11. Feb 6, 2013 #31 of 114
    Hoosier205

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    They already know what a package is.

    Regardless, I don't believe the USPS has the authority to make this decision anyway.
     
  12. Feb 6, 2013 #32 of 114
    James Long

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    Somehow the Post Office lost $15.9 billion last year AND defaulted on the required payments. The $2 billion saved by not having full Saturday delivery is not a lot ... but something needs to be done to cut the losses.

    With declining revenues pre-funding health care is a protection for workers like you. What would you do if when you reached retirement the Post Office could no longer afford to pay as they go for your benefits? Look to the government for a bailout? Have the federal government take over the Post Office's benefits and pay out of taxes?

    It is a difficult situation. Unless Congress has a better plan I expect they will accept the Post Office plan.
     
  13. Feb 6, 2013 #33 of 114
    Sixto

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    Have switched to paperless for everything.
     
  14. Feb 7, 2013 #34 of 114
    gregsgoatfarm

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    No other entity in the United States, public or private, is burdened by such a requirement. And you're for it? I'm 64 so will be retiring sooner rather than later. Even so I think it was a pre-meditated strike on a then healthy organization that did nothing but worsen a deteriorating situation and provide ammo to the neo-cons bent on privatization.
     
  15. Feb 7, 2013 #35 of 114
    fluffybear

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    I doubt it! My guess is the USPS won't consider it a package unless you have paid for such and I can not see Netflix agreeing to pay $2.07 (cost for 1 ounce parcel) each way.


    plus here is this interesting story from WJLA:
     
  16. Feb 7, 2013 #36 of 114
    fluffybear

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    I wish I could, We still have a few places which refuse to enter the 21st century and do things by US MAIL.

    Water Bill
    Stormwater Utility (i.e yearly bill to maintain cities stormwater drains)
    Property Tax
    Motor Vehicle Department

    Oddly, I can pay the last two online but the first two still require a paper check be issued.
     
  17. Feb 7, 2013 #37 of 114
    dpeters11

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    But why should they have to prefund 80 years of health care in 10 years? Why can't they be allowed to take 40 years etc?
     
  18. Feb 7, 2013 #38 of 114
    djlong

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    In many ways, I have little sympathy for the USPS because my ex-wife works there. The stories she told of what goes on in there would make your head explode. The stress from that job contributed to our marriage ending (note I said *contributed*, not "caused").

    That being said, some of the restrictions placed on the Post Office are ridiculous. The funding of health care in advance is a big one. Some of the union rules defy rational thinking.

    We spent a trillion dollars bailing out the banks. We spent billions bailing out car companies. Why can't we have a bailout and re-structuring of the Post Office for a fraction of the cost we incurred to those "too big to fail" banks that got BIGGER and are STILL not re-regulated?
     
  19. Feb 7, 2013 #39 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    Being in a box or not is not what determines if they are first class or not.
     
  20. Feb 7, 2013 #40 of 114
    SayWhat?

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    Who's going to stop them?

    Are the Congress Critters going to go out and deliver the mail themselves?
     

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