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A Postal Worker Union Guy's Economic Case for Keeping Saturday Delivery

The Obama Administration and House Republicans don’t agree about much, but both say the U.S. Postal Service, which reported a $5 billion loss last year—largely because it is expected to prefund its future retiree health-care benefits—should do away with Saturday letter delivery to save money. That probably makes sense at a time when postal operations around the world are rolling back service as mail volume dwindles. Jim Sauber, chief of staff of the National Association of Letter Carriers, doesn’t agree. He argues that it would be disastrous for the USPS to do this. Bloomberg Businessweek recently spoke to him about the economic case for preserving Saturday delivery. (This interview has been edited and condensed.)

Devin Leonard: The White House wants to end Saturday letter delivery. So do the House Republicans and the USPS. How can they all be wrong?