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Unions angry after U.S. Postal Service ends Saturday delivery

By Mason White 12:57 PM February 7, 2013
U.S. Postal Service worker delivering the mail 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) Work unions are angry after the U.S. Postal Service announced that it will stop delivering mail on Saturday, which will result in thousands of job losses, according to press reports.

The plan of the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday delivery angered unions because of job losses and faces an uncertain future in Congress.

But the decision was needed, the Postal Service said, in order to save $2 billion a year, while most people couldn’t care less about Saturday delivery.

“Actually, no one sends letters anymore,” David Braunschweig, 63, said while he was in the Arlington Heights post office in Illinois to send a gift. “Putting away mail on Saturday and Sunday, will not kill anyone,” he said.

Hammered by the competition that includes the Internet, the Postal Service lost about $16 billion last year and said that the removal of first class mail on Saturday is essential to their recovery plan.

“It’s an important part of our return to profitability and financial stability,” Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe said on Wednesday at a press conference in Washington. “Our financial situation is urgent,” he added.

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