TYLER, TX (KTRE) - The United States Postal Service promised to push through rain and snow, day and night, connecting Americans through correspondence. Now, after more than 200 years, the Postal Service is looking to cut back and your Saturday mail may soon turn into Monday's.
"I only have so many days in the week so, if they take Saturday, that means I'm cutting my work days down to three or four days...and you know that's going to be rough," said Larry McCowin.
"At first, it made me sad, but, now, I completely understand," said Amy Lively. "I do because we are such in the digital age. All we do is email email email text."
Tyler Postmaster James French watched the technology switch happen. Bins once full now hold half the letters.
"Over the last 10 years, we've been continuing to experience volume declines and meanwhile our cost per transportation, and other costs have been increasing so something has got to give," said French.
To make up for lost revenue, the Saturday shutdown would save $3,000,000,000 annually, at the cost of 15% of their current workforce - around 40,000 jobs.
Career postal workers will help keep job loss down. 44% will be eligible to retire over the next four years.
"It will be sad to run out to my mailbox on a Saturday and see if I got my magazines," said Lively.
Since no one wants to wait until Monday for bills, paychecks, or your favorite magazine there is an option. You'll still get five days of delivery and six days of service with a P.O. box.
"Even though internet and other forms of electronic have decreased, the volume that we have hard copy mail is still a viable and necessary part of the communication network," said French.
It is a network business owner McCowin says will continue to make mail even more of an outsider.
"They're driving people that've been faithful to the post office - they're making them change their normal routines and it's going to cost them in the long run," said McCowin.
Postal officials say the decision is by no means final. They estimate it will take three months for Congress to review the proposal. If Saturday's delivery was cut, changes would not take place until 2011.