USPS Announces End of Saturday Letter Delivery

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM EDT


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -The United States Postmaster General has announced changes to mail delivery. The United States Postal Service is dropping letter delivery on Saturdays starting in August. The measure could save the USPS $2 billion once implemented, according to a spokesperson.

"Monday through Friday, people can expect their cards and catalogs like usual," said USPS Spokesperson Karen Mazurkiewicz. "But on Saturday, they'll only see packages delivered. If you have a post office box though, you'll get your mail Monday through Saturday like you do now."

This is the latest move in the Postal Service's effort to tackle a huge budget deficit and become more sustainable. Right now it's losing $25 million a day due to fewer customers and costs like employee pensions. Local unions believe this could have a devastating effect on postal service jobs.

"It's almost an outright slap in the face," said Branch 3 President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Lawrence Kania. "In Buffalo it was announced that we would be hiring 300 people in Western New York. Now we have a situation where we're hiring employees who have to make a decision on whether or not they'll have a future at all."

The postal service is reminding the public that all post offices will remain open on Saturdays and residents will still receive packages on the weekend. The modified delivery service will begin the week of August 5th, 2013.