The United States Postal Service has been in financial trouble for some time now. Last year, the USPS lost over fifteen billion dollars. So, beginning in August, the Postal Service is cutting out Saturday mail— a move that will save two billion dollars annually for the organization.
This cut means many carriers will lose shifts. Cutting Saturdays out of the delivery week means cutting an equivalent of 35,000 full-time jobs, according to the USPS. That’s nearly 7% of the regular workforce.
Keith Steffen, a retired letter carrier, says USPS shouldn’t be shrinking the postal service, they should be improving the service in order to strengthen USPS.
Keith Steffen joined the 8 O’Clock Buzz on Thursday, March 21, 2013, to talk with Tony Castaneda about a rally against the removal of Saturday service. The rally will be at the main Madison post office at 3903 Milwaukee Street on Sunday from 2PM to 4PM. This rally is part of a national day of action sponsored by the letter carrier union.