Not in gloom of night – Post office struggles to get mail delivered

November 22, 2017

DANVILLE – It’s very busy this time of year for the U.S. Postal Service.

The amount of mail that has to be delivered doesn’t slow down when daylight savings time comes and mail builds up to be delivered after federal holidays.

As a result, some Danville customers don’t get mail delivered some days.

 One of the most recent days, the Monday following Veterans Day, saw Danville mail carriers stop their routes due to darkness and not deliver mail to all customers.

A Danville Post Office supervisor said part of the city didn’t receive mail because it became a safety hazard for mail carriers. With increased mail this time of year with the holidays and a federal holiday, it was double the mail and too much to deliver, the supervisor said.

According to a statement from Mike Cooke, strategic communications with the USPS in St. Louis, Mo., “the post office establishes delivery routes based on the number of deliveries and the average number of mail pieces a route receives, creating an eight-hour day. Because the Postal Service is closed on holidays, that often creates a larger and sometimes double workload for letter carriers to deliver the following delivery day.”

Veterans Day was one of those occasions and Thanksgiving this week will be another.

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149 Comments on "Not in gloom of night – Post office struggles to get mail delivered"

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Shannon Cole

We struggles to get parcels delivered

Mary Anderson Beard

Yes the parcels are becoming over bearing

Jim Toy

Never have. Never will work in the dark!

Alfonso Cortez Jr

How is that even an option? Are you a regular rural carrier? Do you have a tiny route? Is management in your office non existent? Been doing this 23 plus years and you work till the mail is done, period.

Jim Toy

Article is not about rural delivery. If you get hurt delivering mail in the dark, guess who has your back! Nobody! If more carriers stuck together, this problem would not exist! Enjoy delivering mail in the dark.

Pearl Smith

It’s funny how many people don’t pick up their mail….but boy, don’t deliver their mail one day and they are crying and complaining about it. No dark delivery for me either. They will get it the next day.

Angela Carter Roberson

So true. Jim

Pam Poole

Just curious. How do you handle not working in the dark? Refuse?

Tammy

Safety is the only way you can disobey a direct order. If you dont feel safe, refuse to do it. You life is worth more than the mail Always!

Lori Stephenson Burdeshaw

There were several of us out until 9:00 that night in the Cullman office.

Dana

Madison office too

Jim Toy

Safety concern. Your union would and should back you.

Alfonso Cortez Jr

Jim Toy got it just went back and read the article I wrongly assumed it was about rural carriers because it was on a rural site. You must be a city carrier. Yeah you guys can pretty much do whatever you want. We on the rural side don’t have the luxury of saying “oh it’s dark outside my day is over.”

Alfonso Cortez Jr

Jim Toy , got it just went back and read the article I wrongly assumed it was about rural carriers because it was on a rural site. You must be a city carrier. Yeah you guys can pretty much do whatever you want. We on the rural side don’t have the luxury of saying “oh it’s dark outside my day is over.”

Christopher Paradise

We struggle because we have to do UPS and FedEx jobs as well as ours.

Candice Aker

Exactly and we get paid back during rural mail counts because they take most of ours so we don’t get credit for them!

Shannon York Norwood

Thanks for the help or my husband (a UPS driver) would be working 20 hour days. He is already working 12-14 a day. At least y’all have jobs.

Diane McCuin

Shannon York Norwood he gets paid overtime, right? We only get ot if we work over 12 hours. It’s ridiculous!

Cathy McDaniels Prosser

We have to stay out till all mail is delivered.

Denise Sweeten

Same here. Second trips

Janice Addison Good

What?? We were told by our previous POOM it’s NOT a safety hazard for the rural carriers because we are inside a vehicle and we are safe. Mail must be delivered. New POOM must feel the same way because still have to deliver everything. Carriers out well past dark

Larry N Smith

Can’t get it all delivered and we are constantly reminded we are going broke! Great morale booster!

Brent Russell

Not just that, but we’re a money losing craft. HOW?

John Crutchfield

Dogs and other hazards are almost impossible to see in the dark while delivering parcels to the door.

Jeff Sexton

Da struggle is real!

Michael Shinney

Postal Management is to blame.

Greg Bilhimer

8 hour routes ? !!!!
Where ? Not in my office!!

Belinda Baise

But it is 8 hours when they hold back all the mail @ the time they do counts and when you bring this up @ the time of said count you are told well then you have a valid excuse for overtime!!!!

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