No Mail Delivery on Saturdays Come August

By KBJR News 1

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The United States Postal Service announced today that there will be no more mail deliveries on Saturdays if the government approves.

Cutting one day of mail service would sace the postal service about $2 billion annually.

Under the new plan all mail will be delivered Monday through Friday.

Only packages will be delivered on Saturdays.

Postal authorities say they're making the announcement now to give people time to adjust but it is still a tentative plan.

The postal service needs the approval of Congress before this change can take place.

Spokespeople say they're working with government leaders and are optimistic that Congress will back the plan.

However, Minnesota's Senator Al Franken is not supportive.

"Many Minnesotans rely on the mail to get their essentials like newspapers and paychecks, and for many parts of the state - especially rural communities - the U.S. Postal Sercice provides the only way to get something delivered," said Sen. Franken.

But as the postal service points out, there is substationally less mail to deliver on Saturdays.

"Fact of the matter is there's less mail. When there's less mail there's less revenue. When there's less revenue we have to make some changes in order to continue to provide service," said Pete Nowacki, who is the communications spokesman for the U.S Postal Service.

The United States Postal Service is not anticipating any employees will be laid off once the changes take effect.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.