Postal Workers Say Letter Carriers Are Calling Out Sick

Some residents around the city say that since the coronavirus crisis began, their mail is sometimes late or it does not come at all.

Postal workers tell NY1 an increasing number of their fellow letter carriers are calling out sick, and that management seems indifferent to their concerns.

“The post office hasn’t done anything and they just deem it business as usual,” said one postal worker, who asked we keep his identity anonymous, as the workers have been told not to speak to the media.

The worker said he first learned someone in his Long Island City, Queens facility tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend, through a text message from a union representative.

“They’re trying to keep it hush, hush, so not to panic people and have them call out sick,” the worker said.

But people are calling out sick. When we spoke to him on Tuesday, he said 20 of his co-workers called out sick, some fearing they were exposed to the virus.

He said on a typical day, there are about 50 people working on postal trucks and an additional 35 letter carriers in his district. Inside the facility, there’s about 10 to 15 people sorting and breaking down packages.


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