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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 7, 2013 #41 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    No, but they have to approve the cutback.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2013 #42 of 114
    Hoosier205

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    Congress.
     
  3. Feb 7, 2013 #43 of 114
    fluffybear

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    I'm not sure there is a way to restructure the Post Office in order to make it profitable.
     
  4. Feb 7, 2013 #44 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    USPS should have been privatized instead of NASA.

    Just my .02
     
  5. Feb 7, 2013 #45 of 114
    SayWhat?

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    If they stop, they stop. Nothing to approve.

    Unless the legislators deliver it themselves or hire armed guards to force the carriers to deliver at gunpoint.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2013 #46 of 114
    hilmar2k

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    Of course not. But First Class isn't what is being cut. Everything but packages are being cut. Being in a box is what makes it a package. ;)
     
  7. Feb 7, 2013 #47 of 114
    Hoosier205

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    No, that is not the case at all. They cannot simply do as they please.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2013 #48 of 114
    the_batman

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    Maybe if we didn't get all that junk mail (at a discounted rate) and only got real mail then we could have a smaller mail system and a carrier could deliver to 5 times the amount of houses thus cutting back on the amount of carriers required. Just a thought.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2013 #49 of 114
    RAD

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    If you want to cut back carriers why not move all mail to the doorstep deliveries now to a cluster box at the end of the block? It's a 20 minute round trip walk to get to my mail box, why should millions of folks get mail delivered to their door for the same price?
     
  10. Feb 7, 2013 #50 of 114
    joshjr

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    Hmm, thats odd. I have to have them ship the new movie Monday or I dont get it for a few weeks.
     
  11. Feb 7, 2013 #51 of 114
    Getteau

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    Doesn't bother me at all. Heck, the cluster mailbox for my part of the subdivision is in my yard and I still only get around to checking it once every week or so. I probably wouldn't even check it that often, but my mail man refuses to put my mail in the larger package box if my mailbox fills up with junk. So after about 2 weeks, instead of doing what my last mailman did, place it on my front doorstep or put it in one of the four package boxes that never gets used, he'll take my mail back to the post office and leave me a note that says I have to go there to get my mail.
     
  12. Feb 7, 2013 #52 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    Incorrect. Congress must approve the USPS eliminating a day of delivery from their schedule.
     
  13. Feb 7, 2013 #53 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    Also not true, it's First Class mail being cut.

    Per CNN: "The U.S. Postal Service plans to halt Saturday delivery of letters and other first-class mail"

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/06/us/postal-service-qa/index.html
     
  14. Feb 7, 2013 #54 of 114
    hilmar2k

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    Only package delivery will take place on Saturday. Everything else is being cut. Since I can only imagine the Netflix mails their DVDs via regular mail (and not package service), they will not be delivered on Saturdays.

    http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_019.htm
     
  15. Feb 7, 2013 #55 of 114
    Richierich

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    Because We Are Spoiled, that's why!!! :lol:

    Actually, I would like it delivered to my Front Door and then I wouldn't have to go out in the cold to get my Mail from my Mailbox. :lol:
     
  16. Feb 7, 2013 #56 of 114
    TMan

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    That does seem to be the prevailing thought on their authority. What happens if they say "screw Congress" and abandon Saturday delivery anyway without their consent? I mean, what can Congress do about it? Find the Postmaster General in contempt of Congress and throw him in jail? I mean, if they're broke, they're broke. There is no point in continuing to run it into the ground full steam if steps are available to ease that somewhat. :confused:
     
  17. Feb 7, 2013 #57 of 114
    gregsgoatfarm

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    I love this thread! A parcel is anything that doesn't qualify as a letter or a flat (periodical or catalog). Doesn't have to be in a box. A bag (as most meds are packaged) or envelope larger than 1/4 in. in thickness will qualify. In my office (40+ routes) that means at least 6 people will be needed to deliver those Saturday parcels. These people will not know what is hold mail or forwardable mail. I see a huge can of worms. As far as the PMGs decree it's probably illegal. But Congress has dragged their feet for so long that he had to throw down a gauntlet to them. Now they have to either say Yea or Nay. Looks like Netflix likes it.
     
  18. Feb 7, 2013 #58 of 114
    RunnerFL

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    I guess we're going to find out.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/usp...ivery-to-save-2b-needs-congressional-approval

    From the article:

    "The proposal still needs congressional approval. Congress, which has been the overseer of the otherwise independent agency for the past 30 years, has a provision insisting on Saturday delivery."

    It's only a "proposal" at this time, not a done deal.
     
  19. Feb 7, 2013 #59 of 114
    James Long

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    The "80 years" is a misnomer.
    The post office will continue delivery on Saturday. They will simply deliver less.
    Are you saying that professional mail carriers will not know the difference between first class and a parcel?
     
  20. Feb 7, 2013 #60 of 114
    James Long

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    Here is the post office's real problem:
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    Projected is based on continuing the 7% average decline in 1st class mail volume seen over the past five years.

    If you want to save the post office mail something. As it stands, 2012 mail volume has already declined to the 1984 level and in five years will be at the 1971 level. With lower mail volumes less people are needed.
     

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