April 13, 2018
Acting Jamaica Postmaster Paul Stremel told members of Community Board 10 last Thursday that one of the reasons people are not getting their mail in a timely fashion is that some carriers just don’t want to show up to work.
“They don’t like to come to work. A lot of them, they don’t have the work ethic,” Stremel said. “It’s not important to them.”
Other carriers must then complete those routes, which results in people getting mail late in the evening, sometimes past 7 p.m.
Addressing other bad workers, Stremel said union rules protect certain workers from being terminated after just one incident.
“They get a couple of bites of the apple before we can get rid of them,” he said.
The acting postmaster’s appearance at CB 10 came as residents across the borough are still complaining of missing or late mail deliveries, an issue that has been prevalent since the beginning of the year.
Some have complained of going days without receiving mail and only receiving a few envelopes when it does arrive.
Members of Congress have said they would welcome a probe into the matter, and the United States Postal Service has said it will hire additional carriers.
Stremel told the board that the USPS is testing out a new policy that requires all carriers off the streets by 7 p.m.
“Everything needs to be delivered by 7,” he said.
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