Saturday Mail Could End, Union Fears Hundreds of Jobs Would be Lost

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 6:28 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 6:28 PM EDT


United States Postmaster General John Potter says dwindling mail volume is causing a projected $13.2 million deficit for 2010. Potter is now calling on Congress to cut Saturday mail service. This potential move worries Branch 3 of the National Association of Letter Carriers. The union estimates that up to 300 positions could be lost in the Western New York area if Saturday mail service ends.

"Its not right for the mail carriers, it's not right for the customer, and I believe they're cutting down too much," said Riverside Resident Stephen Dzielski.

The decision is now up to Congress and some local representatives oppose the cut in services.

"This isn't Canada. This isn't Europe. This is the United States and people have come to expect a certain level of service. We will fight anything that has an adverse impact on jobs here in Western New York," said Congressman Brian Higgins.

The Postmaster General says the reduction of service could save the postal service $3.1 billion a year.