Jarvis Rush of Davenport said if mail delivery stopped on Saturday, the effect could be huge on his local trucking business.
That’s the day Rush, who owns Rush Roll Off, a Davenport-based garbage collection service, gets most of his customers’ checks in the mail.
“They should leave it alone,” he said on a visit Wednesday to the busy Davenport Post Office on 2nd Street.
The U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning the week of Aug. 5, a move that could save the financially struggling service $2 billion annually.
Several local business owners interviewed said they opposed the decision. Like Rush, Roger Olderog, who owns Olderog Tire Service in Davenport, said not having mail at his business on Saturday means he will have to delay paying some bills.
“It definitely will affect me,” Olderog said. “The price is going up while the service is going down.”
Some interviewed didn’t see what the fuss was about.
“I don’t think anything is that important that it can’t wait another day,” Donna Phillips of Rock Island said while picking up mail for Great River Dental in Davenport where she works.
“There are worse things that can happen,” Phillips said. “We do without banks after noon on Saturday.”
Mike Fraser of Davenport said not having mail delivered Saturday makes no difference to him.
“I don’t work Saturday, so I don’t get the company mail, and I retire Friday so I don’t care,” Fraser said.
He’s retiring after 39 years working for CHS Inc., a barge loading facility in Buffalo, Iowa, most recently as a plant superintendent.
“I get a lot of junk mail anyway,” he said. “Besides, I hope to be out camping Saturday.”
Terry Legal of Davenport said postal delivery workers deserve the day off.
“They should have it off,” he said. “They’ve been doing such a great job.”
Part of the U.S. Postal Service’s plan is to continue delivering packages six days a week.
Cliff Guffey, president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents more than 200,000 postal employees and retirees, said in a statement Wednesday the decision will weaken the nation’s mail system.
“The USPS has already begun slashing mail service by closing 13,000 post offices or drastically reducing hours of operation, shutting hundreds of mail processing facilities and downgrading standards for mail delivery to America’s homes and businesses,” he said.
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The decision will affect newspapers delivered on Saturday, including the 4,200-circulation DeWitt Observer.
“It’s going to cause a little bit of consternation,” the paper’s general manager Mary Rueter said.
She said most Saturday publishers have considered this issue over the past few years and probably have a plan in mind, although she declined to elaborate on what the Observer might do.
“We’re going to have to make some changes,” she said. “We can’t promise a way for our readers to get their paper on Saturday.”
Rueter added the USPS move still has to be approved by Congress.
“We’re not getting too frantic,” she said.
Chuck McDoniel and his wife, Mary Clarke, go back and forth between their homes in Davenport, where they’re originally from, and Dubuque, Iowa, where she has a medical practice. They rely on getting their mail delivered Saturday to run errands on their only free day in the week, he said.
“We get a lot of mail on the weekends,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult.”
McDoniel, who works for Altorfer Inc., a heavy equipment service shop in Davenport, is waiting for his license to become a message therapist. It’s in the mail, he said.