Carriers at the Redondo Beach Main Post Office [California] last week filed approximately 70 grievances against management for what union leaders are describing as a hostile workplace.
Many carriers have continued to deliver mail well after dark and sometimes as late as 10 p.m. in the wake of a round of consolidations that reduced the number of routes in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach from 113 to 85. As a result, carriers now have lengthier routes and more deliveries to make. Though they are not required to work after dark if they feel unsafe, carriers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described a tense work environment in which they are pressured to complete the new, longer routes and frequently disciplined for not finishing earlier. (The USPS does not allow its employees to publically criticize the postal service)
“The clerks are getting blamed for the fact there is so much mail, and they are just doing the best they can,” said APWU local vice president Dave Gordillo. “It’s mismanagement – that’s the reason. They don’t want to hire more clerks, and when the job doesn’t get done, the supervisors get blamed by middle management.”
“We need help,” a carrier said. “I don’t know where we are going to get it from. You just can’t do it – your back is going out, you are tired. This has been going on for two months. I mean, how much can you do? It wears on you. Somebody in Washington D.C.must like FedEx or something, because they are destroying the Post Office.”
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