Rep. Lujan Grisham Denied Entry to Conduct Unannounced Inspection of USPS Facility

September 21, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – On September 20, 2018, after receiving numerous complaints from United States Postal Service (USPS) union representatives about mismanagement and poor working conditions at facilities and urging USPS Acting Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb to launch an investigation into the matter, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) attempted to conduct an unannounced inspection of the USPS Five Points Post Office but was stopped from doing so.

Rep. Lujan Grisham filmed the following video while on-site and released the following photos and statement:

“It is unacceptable that USPS prohibited me from inspecting this facility, talking to impacted employees, and evaluating the working conditions in the building.  This undermines my ability to respond to the concerns I have heard from members of the community and from USPS employees about systemic understaffing and underfunding issues at USPS facilities throughout Albuquerque.

“I am requesting USPS officials explain why the conditions at this location are not being improved, and why they’re interfering with my constitutional obligation to investigate issues that inform my work as a Member of Congress.  Today, USPS closed the customer service area of this facility due to water leaks which impacts employee safety, employee productivity, and quality mail service for Albuquerque residents.

“Addressing postal service issues is extremely important because when mail is late and workers don’t have the support they need to do their job, businesses lose money, seniors have to wait for their prescriptions, and New Mexicans suffer.  I thank Ken Fajardo and Dan Huerta, with the Local 380 American Postal Workers Union, for their leadership on behalf of all of the postal service employees who have dedicated their careers to this critical public service.”

USPS officials later granted Rep. Lujan Grisham’s request to inspect the facility after she left. Due to scheduling conflicts, representatives from Rep. Lujan Grisham’s Congressional office will inspect the facility later today, 9/20/2018.

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RRR

Not surprising. The supervisor (s) who denied this should be fired on the spot. Again trying to hide something, employee concerns and safety matters doesn’t really matter to USPS. That is all you hear
from management and the PMG on there talks is safety – safety – safety.

SAFETY CAN NOT BE ALL WORDS AND NO ACTION BY THE EMPLOYER.

Check with OSHA – the USPS is the number one employer for safety violations.

Heart of Texas

Supervisor was correct in denying entry to a politician traveling with a camera crew. This person should have called ahead or made arrangements with the district safety office to inspect. This is a cheap political stunt, not a valid attempt to fix anything. Just trying to get a photo op for her reelection campaign.

Maillady

The supervisor should be fired for allowing on going problems at the station, including the station manager and area manager. This is what happened in Atlanta with Omar Coleman. Failure from high up to address problems within the Cascade Post Office. The media got involved and put a light on the Post Office poor management skills. Omar Coleman got transferred to another facility to do the exact same thing to another facility. Until you put watchful public eyes and congressional intervention, the post office will not make changes.

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