Markey, Lynch hail Saturday mail delivery decision

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BOSTON (AP) -- Both Democratic candidates in the state's special U.S. Senate election are hailing a decision by the Postal Service to abandon plans to end Saturday mail delivery.

The governing board said the agency should instead reopen negotiations with unions to lower labor costs and consider raising mail prices.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch called the decision a "victory for our communities," and said he'll continue to push legislation to improve the agency's long term finances.

Fellow Congressman Edward Markey warned the decision to continue Saturday delivery is temporary.

He said he also supports additional steps -- including a bill that would return to the Postal Service billions of dollars the agency overpaid to the Federal Employees Retirement System -- to help stabilize the agency's fiscal footing.

Markey and Lynch are competing in the Democratic primary April 30.