By: Elvina Nawaguna
Trade groups representing greeting card makers, paper manufacturers and newspapers are fighting to prevent the cash-strapped Postal Service from dropping first-class mail delivery on Saturdays.
The groups are lobbying Congress to pass legislation introduced in the House of Representatives compelling the Postal Service to continue its six-day mail delivery service.
The Postal Service said on February 6 it plans to drop Saturday delivery of first-class mail beginning in August, a move intended to save it $2 billion annually.
The Greeting Card Association, National Newspaper Association, American Forest & Paper Association, National Rural Letter Carriers Association and Envelope Manufacturers Association trade groups, along with the National Association of Letter Carriers labor union, are among those pushing to preserve Saturday delivery.
“We all lose if the Postal Service doesn’t continue with Saturday delivery,” said Rafe Morrissey, vice president for postal affairs at the Greeting Card Association.
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