U.S.P.S. Considering A Five Day Work Week

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NBC Washington reports that our U.S. Postal workers are thinking about changing things up a bit.

The U.S. Postal Service is asking Congress for permission to shorten its week by cutting Saturday mail delivery and amending their health benefits for retirees.

Worker’s demands aren’t the sole reason for the request. U.S.P.S. claims it lost $297 million in the first fiscal quarter due a 9% drop in mail volume.

As of right now, the plan would mean continuing express mail and processing of “remittance mail” (payments from costumers to businesses and checks to and from banks). However, the request – if granted – would not be implemented until mid-2011 at the very earliest.

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2 thoughts on “U.S.P.S. Considering A Five Day Work Week

  1. As long as critical deliveries are still made on Saturdays, it might work, but amending health benefits for retirees? So the government can take over? Am I missing something?

  2. postal management wants this change. the rank and file workers are opposed. “Worker’s demands aren’t the sole reason for the request” is a total misrepresentation of the facts. I work for the postal service and this is the first I’ve heard of “worker’s demands”.