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Postal workers rally in Youngstown to keep Saturday delivery



Published: Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 4:33 p.m.

Postal workers rally in Youngstown to keep Saturday delivery

By BOB JACKSON

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Chanting slogans such as “USA for six-day,” and “Don’t let Donahoe disobey, deliver mail on Saturday,” area postal workers and their families tried Sunday afternoon to rally support for a congressional mandate to continue mail delivery six days a week.

They are part of a group called Delivering for America.

At issue is a decision by U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to cut Saturday delivery of most mail, beginning in early August. If Donahoe’s plan goes into place, only parcels would be delivered on Saturdays. It’s part of a cost-cutting plan that Donahoe has said is necessary to keep the postal service operational.

“We want to create awareness and get the public more involved in this,” said Henry Gomez, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Local 385. He said about 100 such rallies took place at postal locations across the country Sunday.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on vindy.com.


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1bumbob(128 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm all for keeping Saturday mail delivery alive.

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2georgejeanie(798 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Face reality people, you can not compete with UPS and Fed EX. Private enterprise will out do any government enity. Who would sign a union contract in private enterprise that says you can not lay anyone off, even though you have 200,ooo extra employess?. This negotiator had to be payed by the government and probably got payed off by the union to broker this deal. Here is my simple idea. Leave the stamp cost as it is. A person can either pickup his mail at the local post office or he can pay an addional fee to have it delivered to his home, once a week only. That way you can have one carrier deliver 5 or 6 days on each of his routes. save lots of labor, saves the cost of too many trucks only working 8 hours per day. No freebies or exceptions you want your mail delivered to your home you pay and extra fee for that service, Sorry about being sooo cruel but things have to change as your illustrious president promised.

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3BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

georgejeanie

I try not to comment too often here, but stupid comments draw me from the shadows like a moth to a flame.

Firstly, UPS and FedEx are not competing with the postal service because neither of these companies offers daily mail delivery. Please make the comparison fair. Those private companies do not offer that service because they know they cannot do it as cheaply as the postal service.

Secondly, making those who want home delivery pay an additional fee will amount to nothing more than an added tax on the elderly and disabled. These are after all the people who would be least likely to venture out to a postal box to retrieve their mail. They are also, ironically, the two groups who rely upon the postal service the most.

You and others like you may be in favor of increased taxes and hardship on the elderly as well as unfair, bias comparisons just to disparage the government, and thus, the president, but I prefer to deal in reality at the same time attempting to make life easier for my fellow Americans - be they old or disabled.

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Brothalove

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4walter_sobchak(1901 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

BrothaLove,
Did you ever notice that there are FedEx drop boxes at the entrances to the Post Office? I asked one of the postal workers why they would allow the competition to be right outside the door. I was told it is because FedEx has an agreement with the USPS to ship their Overnight Mail on their planes. So, obviously private industry can do it cheaper and better than the quasi-govt agency. The big losers in the Saturday delivery elimination are the letter carriers since they will no longer get the overtime pay for working the six days. Saturday delivery should have been done away with long ago as it is a common sense economic issue.

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5nipsy(133 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Walter,
If private industry can do it better than the Postal Service then why does UPS pay the Postal Service to deliver their packages the so called last mile? And, I'm sure if you go and compare the cost of shipping something with each of the big three (USPS, FedEx, UPS) you will find that the Postal Service is hands down the lowest price.

The Postal Service was set up to provide universal service to the public and was not designed to make a profit, but to break even over time. Not until 2006 when congress burdened the Post Office with the Health Care Pre-Funding mandate of 5 Billion dollars a year, which no other business or Governmental Agency has ever been made to do, did the USPS begin to run huge deficits. Congress could have and should have fixed this years ago but has sat back and watched this great institution die a slow death, so they could spend that 5 billion each year..

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6BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Walter

You are still not comparing apples with apples. I said UPS and FedEx do not deliver DAILY mail and they do not do because they cannot do it at a cheaper rate and remain profitable.

Also, postal workers do not make overtime for delivering six days a week. They actually work a five-day forty hour schedule like most people. The sixth day is picked up by people who actually work for that purpose and pick up the odd day out on several different routes. This is the type of misinformation that will make you look silly if you don't research BEFORE you comment.

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7walter_sobchak(1901 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

nipsy,
I don't think you understand my point. FedEx ships the US Mail's Overnight Mail on their planes, not the other way around. In any event, I never said that the psot office should be eliminated. It is a Constitutionally mandated requirement and it does an overall good job. But, there is less need for the service. Years ago, mail was delivered to the door twice a day. However, I receive mail continuously via my computer. And, the preunding of healthcare premiums for 75 years as mandated by Congress is ridiculous and must bge eliminated.

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8handymandave(474 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

THE POSTAL SERVICE WORKERS HAVE SCREWED THEMSELVES OVER WITH THE EXPENSE OF THE RETIREES. AS LONG AS THE UNION KEPT ASKING, THEY KEPT GETTING, THAT IS UNTIL RECENTLY. NOW THEY HAVE PRICED THEMSELVES ALMOST OUT OF A JOB. NO SATURDAY DELIVERIES?
WHO CARES! CAN'T START SOON ENOUGH FOR ME.

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976Ytown(1239 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

We no longer depend on the post office for delivery of our mail. Online banking, electronic statements, fewer greeting cards sent. Eliminate junk mail and I get practically nothing that I couldn't do without. Packages have overtaken mail in priority and UPS and FED-X deliver. The average person would be comfortable with home mail delivery every other day...or less!

The post office is bleeding tax dollars and still can't see the reality that times have changed with technology and needs.

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