The United States Postal Service (USPS) on Wednesday announced it will stop delivering first class mail on Saturdays beginning in August, but will continue to deliver packages. The service change is an effort to save $2 billion a year.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said it is part of an overall strategy “to return to long-term financial stability.”
The Postal Service has a deficit in the billions attributed to the combined effects of the economic crisis, the collapse of traditional mailing, the Internet, and compulsory contribution to its retiree health benefits.
In 2012, for the first time in the company’s history, USPS defaulted on its payments to the Treasury Department and through last November, recorded a record annual net loss of $15.9 billion.
The Saturday mail cuts will affect about 22,500 employees, according to Donahoe, who underscored there would be no layoffs.
During the past year, the USPS has cut thousands of hours of work in post offices around the country and merged some sites, resulting in a 28,000 workforce reduction through retirements and layoffs.