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NALC uses ad to tell Congress: Save Saturday mail delivery

The NALC placed a targeted full-page advertisement in three Capitol Hill newspapers on Nov. 17, to tell members of Congress and the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—the "super committee"—that ending Saturday mail delivery is a bad idea that hurts the public, small businesses and the U.S. Postal Service.

"Just three weeks ago, we launched a national petition drive to let our elected representatives know that eliminating a day of mail delivery service is penny-wise and pound-foolish," NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said. "More than a 750,000 Americans have signed the petitions to save Saturday delivery, adding their voice to the more than 4,000 small-business owners who have petitioned the Postal Regulatory Commission to keep six-day mail service."

The ad urges members of Congress to consider that, under current proposals to eliminate Saturday delivery, the Postal Service would sacrifice 17 percent of service to save at best 3 percent of costs, according to the Postal Regulatory Commission—not a rational business plan. Also, the ad notes that the PRC concluded that cutting Saturdays would disproportionately hurt rural residents, the elderly and those relying on Saturday delivery for medicines and other essential needs.

The ad, which features a photo of a letter carrier delivering mail, notes that 214 representatives in the House from both parties are co-sponsors of a resolution in support of Saturday delivery. Nevertheless, a number of service-killing measures are currently making their way through both the House of Representative and the Senate.

"We placed the ad in Roll Call, Politico and The Hill because we know they are read by members of the House and Senate, as well as their staffers," Rolando said.

"We know that difficult decisions must be made," the ad's text reads. "But eliminating Saturday delivery is a step too far-from which the Postal Service would not recover, and it would hurt the public, small business, and the economy."

Also, eliminating a day—or more—of mail delivery:

"For 235 years, the constitutionally mandated Postal Service and its employees have adapted to technological change," the ad reads. "We can do so now, if political leaders act prudently."