By Katlyn Vuillemot
Lansing Township News Writer
LANSING CHARTER TOWNSHIP – Reducing mail delivery from five to six days a week may cost jobs and service but the local impact should be minimal.
The postal kiosk serving the township will stay open, local officials said. But there will be an impact on service nationwide.
“This is definitely going to save money,” said Harold Juhl, a United States Postal worker for Lansing Township. “It’s going to eliminate jobs, especially carriers, saving money for the postal service.”
Some local residents said they worried more about the loss of jobs than the loss of service.
“I do care because I know they most likely will cut jobs causing more unemployment in Michigan said Catherine Kujawski, a Lansing resident. “Overall I don’t really care though because it doesn’t affect me.”
First class delivery of letters, bills and magazines will stop on Saturdays beginning the first week of August 2013, said Sabrina Todd, a media relations coordinator for the U.S. Post Office’s region that encompasses Lansing Township.
The post office will not close on Saturdays, only mail delivery, Todd said. People with post office boxes can still get their mail, pick up their packages and purchase items such as stamps. This also will not affect packages for online orders and medications through the mail.
“If mail had to be stopped, it makes sense that it’s Saturdays because that is the lowest value day,” Todd said.
The increase in online purchases has helped post offices by increasing package delivery, creating increased revenue, Todd said. By keeping package delivery on Saturdays and eliminating first class delivery, the post offices are hoping to save money.
According to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, by stopping mail delivery on Saturdays the post office anticipates to save around $2 billion annually with the elimination of jobs and transportation, Todd said.
A 2012 survey by Rasmussen Reports showed “Three-out-of-four Americans, 75 percent, would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”
The postal service currently does not know how the recent change will affect the workers, Todd said. The union is still working with the postal service on how conditions will change such as jobs, building closures and hours of operation.
“I know the post office has to do this to stay in business,” Juhl said. “It’s definitely going to affect all over.”