Just when you thought you knew everything going on with the USPS, it changes again. The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that for now Saturday delivery is back! Despite the $16 billion loss in 2012, the Postal Service’s board says that it will continue to deliver mail six days a week. In an effort to reduce the financial bleeding, the agency announced back in February that it had plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, except for packages and express mail. But, Congress, citing a mandate from the 1980’s about Saturday delivery, passed a funding measure to keep that mandate going.
Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the current law requires the agency to continue six-day delivery. The USPS’s plan to end Saturday delivery was not in direct violation of the law, because they were not completely ending the six-day delivery, only changing it, since packages would continue to be delivered on Saturdays. But the U.S. Government Accountability Office disagreed.
In a statement, the USPS board said, “Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.”
So what happens next? The USPS will probably look into cutting employee costs and raising postage rates. The USPS statement said that the Board of Governors had told management to “seek a reopening of negotiations with the postal unions and consultations with management associations to lower total workforce costs, and to take administrative actions necessary to reduce costs.”
And, experts say that it’s still too soon to declare Saturday letter delivery will continue indefinitely. We will keep you posted!