Postal Service expands Sunday deliveries
August 15, 1997
Web posted at: 8:36 p.m. EDT (0036 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Postal Service, trying to handle the "extraordinary" increase in business caused by the UPS strike, will expand its service to make Sunday deliveries of parcels and priority mail nationwide.
About 2.4 million extra packages have been sent through the postal service each day since the strike began August 4, and mail volume is at Christmas holiday levels, Postal Service spokeswoman Kathleen MacDonough said Friday.
Postal deliveries of parcels and two- and three-day priority mail will be made around the country Sunday to relieve part to the burden of the sudden increase in volume, she said. Deliveries were made last Sunday in some areas of the country.
The Postal Service has added more than 4,000 temporary workers since the strike began.
Priority Mail, the two- to three-day expedited product, has jumped 50 percent and parcel post has increased 20 percent since the strike, MacDonough said. Express Mail, the overnight guaranteed service, is up 70 percent.