USPS mail delays: Chicago letter carriers union asks for outside help to deliver mail

There are several things the United States Postal Service said are to blame for these major mail delays. One is staffing shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic. USPS says it’s bringing in extra resources, but learning a new route takes time. Also, weather. Winter snow and ice can slow mail carriers down.Later start times for letter carriers to cut down on overtime may also slow down service.

“Right now those staffing shortages are even more amplified,” said Chicago Letter Carrier Union President Mack Julion, referencing COVID-19. He said the union has been talking with USPS about staffing shortages for two years.

Friday, Julion said he asked for weekend help from districts outside of Chicago to triage the slowest city areas.

“To help us out to get some of this mail delivered,” he said. “We deserve better in Chicago, and we’re gonna get it.”

As postal carriers wait for more reinforcements from outside of the city that could come this weekend, Julion said more jobs could be posted next week.


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Staffing shortages have been going on for years. PO doing nothing about it and then blaming the workers, for delays, while they get their bonuses for incompendcy. What a system.

The Post Office can’t keep people because they insist on working a handful of people like slaves. Nobody wants to work 13 hr shifts delivering junk mail.

I want to know why some employees are still getting incentive bonuses aren’t we all working extra hard and isn’t the post office in financial trouble so why is management still giving their friends this money please put a stop to this waste no on is watching what is being given away wake up people stop this practice of management giving money to their buddies and check form fifty dates I’ve seen a former manager do some changing for her two girlfriends and then brag about it