USPS ends Saturday mail delivery

In a move to shore up financial losses brought on by the digital age and Congressional mandates, the United States Postal Service announced last week that it was ending Saturday mail delivery.

“We will still maintain the window service, P.O. boxes will still receive mail, and parcels will still be mailed on Saturdays,” said Milaca Postmaster Laura Brown, adding that post offices in Foreston and Bock will function the same. “They’re still working on ironing out the details, but that we know for sure.”

The change will take place August 5, and in the meantime Brown said she has been telling carriers to brace for possible cuts to their hours. Packages containing prescription drugs, online orders and shipped birthday presents will continue to be delivered on Saturdays.

“As long as we still have to pre-fund our retirement, as Congress requires us to do, we will continue to have to make cuts,” Brown said.

Unless prohibited by Congress from delivering mail on five days of the week rather than six, as it has done in the past, the move is expected to save the financially struggling USPS more than $2 billion each year.

The Postal Service sustained a $15.9 billion net loss for fiscal 2012 — three times the loss recorded a year earlier.

USPS has attempted to cancel Saturday mail delivery for years. It announced the decision last Wednesday without congressional approval.