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5 or 6 Day Postal Delivery?

5 or 6 Day Delivery
April 24, 2010

The NALC reports that as of this week 106 members of the House of Representatives has signed on as co-sponsors of H. Res. 173. The NALC states that these House members are “expressing the sense of the House…that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.”

H. Res. 173 states:

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.

Whereas the United States Postal Service has announced that it may need to reduce the frequency of its mail delivery service from 6 days a week to 5 days a week;

Whereas 6-day mail delivery service is an essential service that the American people have relied on since 1912, particularly working families that depend on the Postal Service for the timely delivery of their paychecks;

Whereas Social Security is the primary or sole source of income for many senior citizens, and any delay in the delivery of their Social Security checks would make it difficult for them to purchase even essential items, such as food and medicine; and

Whereas reducing mail delivery service to 5 days a week would inevitably cause not only delays in the delivery of mail, but higher postal costs, due to the many hours of additional overtime that the Postal Service would require in order to handle the resulting back-up of mail: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.

Source: Library of Congress – Thomas

3 Responses to 5 or 6 Day Postal Delivery?

  1. Jack

    April 25, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Come on now….surely the Congress can come up with a better resolution than this one!~! more than 90% of social security checks are now direct deposited, and the remaining that get delivered are scheduled for a distinct day of the month….if those checks are scheduled for a Saturday delivery date that month, the USPS can deliver them on Friday…..they are always in the mailstream a few days earlier anyway. As for the higher costs, again that is unfounded. Sure there would be some overtime on an exceptionally heavy Monday or Tuesday, but we have that now anyway. Contrast the extra overtime costs with the savings from elimination of 1/6 of the current delivery days……savings outweigh the extra costs. There are valid reasons to maintain Saturday delivery, but they are absent from this resolution. I guess those who wrote this resolution have not done an indepth study of the issue. Just politics as usual…..where is the change we can believe in ?

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