By Lynn Post |Staff Writer|
The US Post Office wanted to stop Saturday delivery, but thankfully the US Congress said forget it.
Packages are a commodity and must continue to be delivered despite the new reality that more and more people are communicating using new technologies like the Internet and the cell phone.
Fed Ex and UPS still handle package delivery, but 83.8 million packages went through the US Postal Service in 2012, and one of them could have been yours.
Currently if you purchase books through Barnes and Nobel or Amazon your package will be delivered through UPS, but that may change.
Congress became a savior to the 40 percent of people who receive packages through the US Postal Service by telling Postmaster Patrick R. Donahoe cutting Saturday delivery is not an option.
Items that get shipped to the US from other countries and many “As Seen on TV” products, still travel through the US Postal Service.
As they have not found a way to travel through cyberspace yet, the Post Office remaining open on Saturday is a must unless people want to wait through the weekend for their shipments.
Since the new change is being geared to only exclude paper mail for Saturday delivery, those who still enjoy getting their bills on the weekend will just have to wait until Monday. Most bills come two weeks before they are due anyway.
Mail getting lost is a big issue as well.
With mail disappearing in the shuffle without hopes of return, individuals could only expect more of this with a smaller work week and less staff to keep up with delivery schedules.
A five day mail schedule will effect everyone in a negative way, but workers will hurt the most in the long run.
“I remember talking to a variety of [post office employees] and they would tell me when they would have three-day weekends it was harder for them,” said student Justin Argueta.
If an extended weekend would make mail services harder than usual, then a permanent change in their schedules would make it even harder.
Bob Morgan is a US Postal Service employee and had this to say, “I have been working probably about 20 more hours per month than what I usually work.”
Since the layoffs started current postal workers are already working more and with the loss of Saturday deliveries they will only face more issues.
Many workers have already been laid off and retirees have not been replaced with full time postal workers. Only temporary employees have been hired.
Legally the decision is up to Congress to not allow the Postal service to cut Saturday delivery, and with the effect a five day schedule would have on mail receivers and workers it was a heroic decision.
Especially with the postal service receiving 65 billions dollars of revenue in 2012.
With that amount of money being earned, the Postal Service should not be reaching for a life boat yet.