A Ruralinfo.net Editorial
The PMG and his bold announcement to eliminate Saturday delivery got everyone riled up. I think that might have just been his objective. He did not give the unions hardly any advance notice before blasting this news to the world. Postal employees mostly heard about it from the news media. I believe this was by design. He wanted SHOCK VALUE and he achieved his objective. He seems to be serious in his intentions. He believes the USPS lawyers have found a loophole to get around providing 6 day delivery.
There have been many questions wondering HOW he exactly plans to implement this and what his legal authority is to do it.. The explanation below comes from this article on TIME.
[big_box title="Donahoe's Legal Argument" bgcolor="#ffffff" txtcolor="#555555"]Since 1983 every appropriations bill Congress has passed has explicitly required six-day delivery. But Congress has yet to produce an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013. In the meantime, the federal government is operating under the continuing resolution, which expires in March. And the continuing resolution does not include any language requiring six-day delivery.
So it appears that Donahoe found a window in which the post office can change its delivery schedule without congressional authorization. He’s essentially daring Congress to mandate six-day delivery in the weeks leading up to the continuing resolution’s expiration date, March 27.
But in doing so, Congress would have to ignore the fact that eliminating Saturday delivery will save the Postal Service $2 billion annually and that the American public apparently supports the move. The postmaster general cites polls showing that 70% of people say they support five-day delivery.[/big_box]
I watched the recent hearings in front of the Senate Committee Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on February 13th, 2013 and everyone is NOT in agreement with the PMG and his legal authority to eliminate Saturday delivery. Check the clips below to hear for yourself. (Click here for a written Summary of the hearing)
[tabs_container tab1="Senator Tester" tab2="Senator Levin" tab3="NRLCA President Dwyer" tab4="Full Hearing Video"]
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