Knoxville show indifference about U.S. Postal Service cuts

Knoxvillians show indifference about U.S. Postal Service cuts

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By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop mail services on Saturdays this August in a move that's expected to save around $2 billion a year.

The change would only apply to traditional mail, not packages. It would also only affect mail deliveries on Saturdays, not mail processing.

Post offices that are now open Saturdays, including the one on North Broadway Street, will still continue to stay open to customers.

"I think it will affect certain people, older generations like my grandmother," Knoxville resident Monica Monhollen said. "I do a lot of stuff online, like all my bills."

USPS said the Saturday cuts are needed because the agency lost $15.9 billion last year.

The agency said it's not dropping Saturdays for package deliveries because those are up 14 percent, while mail delivery is down.

Some people told 6 News they still rely on the mail for bills and personal letters.

"Saturday is just as important as any other day," Knoxville resident Emma Johnson said. "I might expect something on Saturday, just as the mail that I just sent off is expected on Saturday."

USPS said seven in ten people the agency surveyed preferred dropping Saturday over a weekday.

"Saturday has the week's lowest daily mail volume, plus more than a third of the U.S. businesses are closed on Saturdays," Tennessee/Kentucky Districts Postal Service Spokesperson David Walton said.

Small businesses in Knoxville that are open Saturdays said most of the important office correspondence is done during the week anyway.

"For me, it's just fine to defer opening those envelopes and sending out those envelopes until Monday," owner of Men of Measure Augie Barker said.

Walton said it's too soon to know how exactly this will affect employees and the layoffs it may cause.

He said USPS is working with labor associations to try and create a smooth transition for postal workers.

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