In its ongoing efforts to staunch the bleeding in its budget, the US Postal Service announced that Saturday delivery service will cease starting on August 1. Packages will be delivered, but homes and businesses will no longer receive other kinds of mail. Package delivery has been up over the past few years, so the USPS decided not to put it on the chopping block.
According to Time, the USPS would like to use the reduced service to save $2 billion. Post offices that are open on that day will stay open.
However, attempts to cut service met with reservations from Congress, says The Wall Street Journal. The agency has already closed postal facilities and cut tons of jobs to reduce costs. Last year, the paper says, the USPS “hemorrhaged” $15.9 billion, in large part because of a $11.1 billion default on health benefits for retirees. Other changes are expected to be announced today.
The US Postal Service has been important to the black community, providing many jobs that have pushed African Americans into the middle class. As we reported previously, about 20 percent of postal service workers are black, and the average salary for a postal worker is in the $55,000 per year range.