Post Office Wants to Drop Saturday Delivery

'Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night... but screw weekends'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2010 9:01 AM CST
A US postal carrier brings parcel packages to a home while delivering mail along his postal route December 17, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Soon, you may not have to check your mail on Saturday. The Postal Service wants to switch to delivering mail just five days a week, in an effort to rein in its runaway debt, USA Today reports. Postmaster General John Potter says he’ll submit a formal request for the change to the Postal Regulatory Commission this month.

“We know we’re going to have less mail in 2020 than we have today,” he explains. “We can’t freeze wages. We can’t freeze fuel costs.” Both the regulatory commission and Congress will have to agree to the move, since the six-day week is mandated by federal law. “The Postal Service is an essential part of the country’s infrastructure, so you don't want to change it willy-nilly,” said the commission chairwoman.

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