37 Comments on "EXTREME HEAT DOESN’T STOP THE MAIL — EVEN AT THE COST OF POSTAL WORKERS’ HEALTH"

  1. Scott Robertson | August 7, 2019 at 2:10 am | Reply

    Management Doesn’t Give A Fat Rats Ass about Craft Employees
    All they care about is those Numbers and Making their selves look Good, while Sitting in an Air-conditioned Office
    HELL Has Its Own ZIPCODE

    • Charmae Sykes | August 8, 2019 at 10:07 pm | Reply

      You are absolutely correct. It’s a shame the way some of them treat the carriers.

    • They force you to take the job? Don’t think so. Only losers complain about their plight after they agree to the deal.

    • Fact, I’m blessed to have a management team that does care, but that team is moving on to other things, the District sure as Hell doesn’t give a F about us. Let’s see how they like it when we all call in sick for a week straight. #SickOut #WalkOut

    • and that’ll roast them!

  2. Teresa Hughey | August 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm | Reply

    Well, they’ve always told us that our safety is first and foremost. That doesn’t appear to be true, does it? This is really upsetting.
    When you call in from home or the route, I’ve had bosses smart off like this one did. They are not professional and should never speak to us that way!

    • Well if I have ever have to call for heat illness and I get crap like that person did I’m telling them I’m coming back to office now and going home. At my old station I did call and management came and got me didnt want me to drive my truck made sure i had enough water had ne sit for awhile before going home i called out next day .

      • It very much depends on the Station Manager, and if they started out as a Carrier or a Clerk!
        If they used to be a Carrier they are much more likely to be sympathetic, because they have lived it!!

        • Charmae Sykes | August 8, 2019 at 10:16 pm | Reply

          Wendy, yes and no. Some of them get these positions and turn into someone you never knew. Don’t want to be to harsh. They let the position go to their head maybe their feet. Not sure.

  3. and what will their punishment be? absolutely nothing!!!

    • Charmae Sykes | August 8, 2019 at 10:12 pm | Reply

      That’s what gets me. What’s beening done about the management that dosen’t perform his or her duties. All I ever here is file a grievance. Well that system needs to be revamped. It takes tooo long.

    • WRONG….. he’ll get a PROMOTION!

  4. This shows you that our NALC is a piece of shit. These routes are way too long and you gave us intentionally understaffed to do pivots so management could get a bonus. The NALC does not represent the letter carriers anymore they sell out to management so they could get under the table payments from management. FRED ROLANDO looks like DPMG than a NALC President with that suit.

    • It is USPS managements fault, not the NALC!!
      Without the right to strike a Union has no teeth!!

      • It’s all irrelevant. Both sides have issues and the worker is in the middle. If you don’t want to work for the USPS shut up and get out. It’s not for you!

  5. Sally Carmichael | August 8, 2019 at 7:36 am | Reply

    Carriers need to either call 911 then the supervisor or drive back to the post office if possible. Secure the mail and leave to the ER.! Your life isn’t worth it! The mail will get delivered. Do not be afraid to save your own life.

  6. let’s face it. We have become a society of take care if me company its your responsibility. last I heard that’s socialism. when you are hired and apply for the job you are told of all theses conditions. Yet some shaddy people hide their conditions so they can work for usps. No company should have to hold your hand if they tell you up front what you are applying for. You get paid for it and if its not for you get a different job. Cops, firefighters teachers.bank tellers just some jobs that face dangers and you don’t see them sending letters to congreess. I bet you say hey we are giving theses jobs to immigrants and if you complete a 2 year process to get the green card you wont hear a peep from noone.

  7. I worked for the USPS as a Letter Carrier for many years in Florida. Management had absolutely no regard for employee safety!
    Not only did they send us out in non-A/C trucks,they sent us out in stormy weather and only called back to the office when Hurricane level winds, 75 MPH, was reported.
    They sent us out at night in the dark,some nights as late as 9:00PM, on walking routes where you had to cross grass with dips and holes, and then wrote you up for falling or “injuring yourself”.
    They sent us out in trucks so old an rickety you were lucky to make it to your route and when you wrote up a truck for a safety infraction, they gave it to “somebody else who is not as picky”, that was for a broken turn signal/brake light!!
    So happy I’m out of that hell hole finally!!

  8. Mailmen and Women have been delivering mail in bad weather since the civil war. We are paid well for the job we do. Either retire ,quit or find another job. Its not for everyone. Stop being a SNOWFLAKE…

    • There were rotary phones back in the day but you don’t use one now!!!! That’s what’s wrong with the system now. Carriers like you who are up in management’s ass!!

    • Shirley Jones | August 8, 2019 at 3:10 pm | Reply

      Easy for you to say get a bad injury and be forced to hide it or harassment will be their remedy
      I hate working in Post office did it 30 years thankful I could retire.

    • Yvonne M Martinez | August 8, 2019 at 6:16 pm | Reply

      You must be a 204B and or not very educated. Temperature now days are hell a lot hotter then back civil war days.

    • Paid well? You must be on tier 1 of the pay table. I’m on tier 2 and am not”paid well”

    • Sounds like another one is worried about their numbers also

  9. If you only knew how we are treated at the post office. It is horrible!!! They don’t care about you or your health. All they care about is you make them look good by getting the mail out by a certain time. I was once in a truck that had no fan, I had to use twi hands to turn the wheel and it broke down. I got sick, threw up 3 times called the office and was told they have to try and find someone to help me. They did, but at the of the route. It is the worst place to work! It is so unorganized and they make you use your own vehicle to deliver mail! So if you only have one car, be prepared to make a bunch if maintenance to it. And if your car breaks down they will send you home with no pay.

    • You can always quit you know. Why would you stay at a job like the one you described? Makes 0 sense.

    • Edward Cramer | August 11, 2019 at 5:39 am | Reply

      Honestly, I’ve been working for a local post office for 6 years. At times it has been inconvenient or hot. I have been very confused and not known the route well. It’s true I have not worked in the worst environment like Arizona. But I do see my experience at the post office as one of growth. We should not be criticizing our bosses and supervisors for their honest leadership. There may be a few bad ones but generally they are concerned with delivering the mail. They are not out to get us. They are not against us. As an RCA, I may be called at any time to substitute for a regular carrier. I try to do this to the best of my ability. There is always help available. It’s when you get Negative that they turn authoritative. Heat makes it all worse. If I feel I cannot do it in the heat, someone else will. This is a difficult job. But worth it I believe.

  10. What did you guys expect to deal with when you applied for and accepted the job as a mail carrier? If you can’t take the heat. get out of the kitchen!

    • Lots of managers and supervisors really hard up to make the numbers today

    • Stop being so judgmental, Tracy. No need for it.

    • 20yrrhdriver | August 8, 2019 at 9:44 pm | Reply

      Are you a carrier? If so, then tell me about your wonderful situation, I’d really like to hear it.

    • Charmae Sykes | August 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm | Reply

      Tracy, I see in several comments you tell people to quit. You don’t know their circumstances. Also the PO is not all it’s suppose to be or can be. They are so far behind in technology and human relations until it’s pitiful. The only thing I have to say good about it is it’s the only place you will always have a job due to the NO LAY OFF clause in the contract; of which may disappear someday.

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