Reduction of Saturday mail service not a surprise to postal workers

The announcement today (Wednesday) that the U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays did not come as a surprise to many local postal workers. Jim Benitez, supervisor for the Scottsbluff and Gering post offices, says the local workers were told about the move this (Wednesday) morning, and most of them were expecting it.

Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. And Benitez says the Scottsbluff and Gering post offices will keep their Saturday hours of 9:15 to 11 a.m. Benitez also emphasized first class and priority package delivery will continue on Saturday despite the fact regular mail delivery will be discontinued.

Postal Service market research indicates 7 out of 10 Americans support the switch to five day delivery. Benitez says some people will not like it, but he believes most people will understand the need for the Postal service to be more efficient. The move, effective August 5th, is expected to save the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service about $2 billion.

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