Post Office Changes?

POSTED: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 8:11am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:00pm

In D.C.’s main Post Office, mail senders and receivers seem happy with the service.

One resident said, "It's great."

While Bill Latimer of Alabama said, "What they're doing right now suits me."

What they're doing now though is almost certain to change.

Blame it on the Internet.

Julie Eddinger of Washington D.C. said, "In the electronic age maybe people aren't using as much mail service as before so that's probably changed things a lot."

In fact, online banking and people sending email, along with the recession, pushed mail volume down 13 percent in the last fiscal year.

The Postal Service lost almost four billion dollars.

With even tougher times forecast, the agency is talking about cutting services.

Washington D.C. resident Mark Olson said, "I get my mail on Saturdays. I'm happy about that."

However, Saturday delivery days could go away, Post Offices could close and rates could rise.

Some blame lack of competition, and union-protected pay.

Daniel J. Mitchell a Tax Expert at CATO Institute said, "We also have taxpayers pouring lots of money in for the lavish benefits in pay that are received by postal workers."

The agency does want more leeway in union negotiations, particularly in addressing the soaring costs of worker and retiree health care.