The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

February 6, 2013

Residents express concerns: Little info available on local workers

JOHNSTOWN — The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service plans to eliminate first-class mail deliveries on Saturdays.

By August, residents and businesses will receive letters, bills, magazines, etc. only Monday through Friday.

The change will not only affect customers but also employees at post offices throughout the region. However, little information is currently available concerning how local workers will be impacted. “We informed all of our employees of Postmaster General (Patrick Donahoe’s) decision,” said Johnstown Postmaster Mike Hudak.

“That’s all the information we were able to share with them at this time. ... As information is forthcoming, we will share it with all our employees.”

Some area residents expressed concerns about the plan.

“I think that it’s going to be tough,” said Peggy Miller, whose mailing address is in Sidman. “Those of us that work, we need our mail on Saturday; we need to send mail out. Lots of times that’s whenever we’re at home doing our bills or whatever.”

Rick Terine, from Benshoff Hill, added, “I don’t like it. I’m a landlord, and sometimes you get your rent on Saturdays, sometimes you don’t.”

Eliminating Saturday deliveries is expected to save $2 billion annually because of job cuts, which Donahoe feels can be made through attrition and buyouts.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Letter Carriers has no official comment about possible job losses at this time, according to President Joseph Antal, an Ebensburg resident.

USPS officials made the decision after studying the issue over the past few years.

“This isn’t something that was just developed or thought about recently,” said Tad Kelley, spokesman for the Postal Service’s Western Pennsylvania District.

The Postal Service, which receives no taxpayer money for day-to-day operations, lost $15.9 billion and defaulted on payments to prefund retiree health benefits during the 2012 fiscal year. USPS recently reached its borrowing limit from the U.S. Treasury. With Americans increasingly using the Internet for corresponding and paying bills, the volume of delivered mail has dropped by 25 percent since 2006, according to Kelley.

“We have to adjust,” Kelley said.

Packages will still be delivered on Saturdays. That aspect of the USPS operation has increased by 14 percent since 2010.

“That’s a growth market,” Kelley said.

Donahoe believes the Postal Service can eliminate Saturday delivery without approval of Congress. The Congress, however, might need to give an official go-ahead. Congress currently prohibits a five-day delivery plan in its appropriations bill. But, since the government is now operating under a temporary spending measure, Donahoe thinks his agency can make the change.

He is basically asking Congress to not reimpose the ban when it expires on March 27.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • fire_23 Investigators seek cause of West End fire

    The cause of a five-alarm fire early Monday at a vacant structure in the 500 block of Dorothy Avenue in Johnstown’s West End has not been determined, according to city fire officials.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richland seeks loan for roof, HVAC work

    Richland Township’s plans to replace the municipal building’s roof and heating and air conditioning system will cost nearly $600,000, Solicitor Gary Costlow said.

    July 22, 2014

  • Undocumented children already arriving in state

    An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.

    July 22, 2014

  • Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation

    Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Driver in fatal DUI crash will serve jail time

    A Vintondale man was sentenced Tuesday in Cambria County court to serve 16 to 32 months in the county jail for a 2011 alcohol-related crash that killed a woman.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 22, 2014

  • Reade Twp. water projects receive funding

    Three water treatment systems in Cambria County will receive financial assistance from the state Department of Environmental Protection to remove acid mine drainage from nearby waterways.

    July 22, 2014

  • stoystown Tractor Fest Antique tractors chugging toward Stoystown fest

    A display of a whole lotta horsepower and pulling contests will highlight the 14th annual Antique Tractor Festival.
    Sponsored by Stoystown Lions Club and Laurel Highlands Antique Power Club, the event will be held July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Lions’ park, one-half mile east of Stoystown on Route 30.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irish dance school wants to set toes tapping in Cambria County

    If you ever wanted to learn to dance an Irish jig, now is your chance.
    Kenny Cavanaugh School of Irish Dance, based out of Milford, Pike County, is expanding into Cambria County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State for $1M

    A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

    July 22, 2014


What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads