USPS announces to stop its Saturday mail service effective from the 1st of August. The postal service is facing a huge financial crisis and has decided to take some measures to cope with the loss. Now, mail service shall be available five days a week but that is just the first class direct mail. Postal Offices will remain open on Saturdays. The USPS has long been trying to implement this five day mail delivery plan, but had not been successful as Congress strongly opposed it. The agency has now decided to take the action themselves. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe hopes that Congress will cooperate with them on this issue.

According to a research study done by the USPS, nearly seventy percent of Americans support their decision of restricting mail service to five days. But the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Fredric Rolando, thinks that this decision will have a negative impact on the millions of users across the nation. According to James S. O’Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame, if the Congress does not support this decision of five day mail delivery, the USPS will have to do it on its own.

USPS, faced a major loss of $11.1 billion due to ever increasing retiree health benefits costs. No other agency is paying as much of retiree health benefits as is required by the Postal Service. The issue was raised last year, but remained unresolved. Now, the USPS is making decisions on its own and going through a major restructuring of all its operations and procedures.