(INDIANAPOLIS) - It's the end of an era for the U.S. Postal Service. After 150 years, the agency says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays.
Jay Hermacinski of WISH TV8 reports that the Postal Service has struggled to cut costs to keep up with a congressional mandate from 2006.
It requires the Postal Service to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees. Now, the new changes will start in six months - on Aug. 5.
The Postal Service says this should save $2 billion a year. It will affect 22,500 jobs, but the agency says it won't have to lay anyone off.
Instead, they're looking at buy-outs, eliminating overtime, and relying more on their part-time employees.
The decision to end Saturday mail service doesn't mean post offices will be closed for the weekend.
The Postal Service will continue to deliver packages on Saturdays and post offices will keep their current Saturday hours. Those who have a post office box will continue to get mail on Saturdays.
With the postal service looking to close a $20 billion budget and loan gap, the Postmaster General called cutting back mail delivery to five days a week. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, says it is the responsible thing to do.
Local Postal Union leader William Wright says it is too early to tell what the real fallout will be.
Post Office customers who knew about the August plans said they understood the need to save money but they didn't like it.
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