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Saturday letter delivery to be cut by summer

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Saturday mail service will soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Postal Service announced its plans Wednesday to end the delivery of letters and other first class mail on Saturdays, starting this summer. YNN’s Crystal Cranmore reports.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The U.S. Postal Service is ending a 150 year tradition: Saturday mail. In August, the agency plans to end the delivery of first class mail, which they say would save $2 billion.

Customers we spoke with weren’t surprised.

“If they’re able to save some money, do the business better, then that’s fine with me,” Tom Cross said.

Jerry Shelley said, "I really didn’t get much on Saturday’s mail, just a lot of junk mail. So I guess if it helps them save money, in the long run, so they don’t go in the business obviously."

For years, the agency has considered shifting to a five day delivery schedule for both mail and packages. However, under the current plan, they will maintain package deliveries due to 14 percent growth over the last three years. Since 2006, the postal service has laid off about 28 percent of its workforce and consolidated 200 post office locations.

While some people believe the changes might help the postal service, the president of the NALC Branch 134 has a different opinion.

"Not only will it affect the postal service, but the business communities and the small businesses that use us for Saturday delivery, medicines that are delivered, Netflix,” said NALC President Jim Lostumbo.

Lostumbo says the changes will do more damage than good in the long run, with the elimination of thousands of jobs. He's calling for change at the top.

Lostumbo said, "The post master general needs to step down from his position. In my opinion, he's lost the confidence from the employees here and we don’t believe that his plan will be beneficial for the post office long term."

The union ultimately hopes to work with Congress to figure out a way to grow the businesses. Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on those days.

Polls indicate 70 percent of Americans support the change as a cost-cutting measure.

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