Below is a letter sent to the USPS Office of Inspector General surrounding the problems of delayed mail after closing the Fredrick, Maryland Processing and Distribution Facility. It was sent to the Inspector General by two former Frederick workers now in Baltimore and four Baltimore postal workers.
To the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service,
On behalf of all employees of the Unites States Postal Service and the American People, we, the below signed hereby inform you of the following:
On November 19, 2011, the Frederick Processing and Distribution Facility in Frederick, Md. was closed. Employees were excessed to multiple facilities, including the Baltimore, Md. Processing and Distribution Plant and the Incoming Mail Facility in Linthicum, Md.
The transfer of mail processing and distribution formerly performed in the Frederick P&DF has resulted in severely delayed mail and serious safety violations as follows:
1. During December 2011, mail was delayed and kept on trailers in the yard of the Baltimore P&DC and the IMF in Linthicum for 10 days or longer.
2. Trailers of mail were diverted from Baltimore P&DC to the IMF because the Baltimore P&DC could not process the mail.
3. At times there were in excess of 30 trailers of mail at the IMF, so many that trailers were dropped in the employee parking lot for days.
4. At the Baltimore P&DC there were up to 24 trailers full of mail dropped in the yard for days.
5. Mail in the form of Black Friday ads were still on trailers in the yard of the Baltimore P&DC at least until December 13, 2011.
6. Mail on contractor vehicles was parked outside the facility, on public roadways, some with trailer doors open and carrying first class mail, because it was impossible for inbound vehicles to enter the yard or be unloaded due to congestion and scores of vehicles waiting to be unloaded. This was in addition to the trailers dropped in the yard noted above.
7. Mail was stored in certain areas and held delayed days and weeks.
8. Managers of some stations in the Baltimore District were ordered to their stations on a Sunday in December to clear space, including the moving of cases, so that mail could be sent to the stations for storage. This mail was subsequently retrieved after December 25th, 2011
9. Certain large mail customers were given preference over others because the Baltimore P&DC and the IMF combined could not process the mail. Those customers not given preference had their mail substantially delayed.
10. As of on or about January 10, 2012, mail dated December 5, 2011 was still in the Baltimore P&DC.
11. As of on or about January 12, 2012, there was still mail placed in the system prior to Black Friday, unprocessed, at the Baltimore P&DC.
12. Since the closing of the Frederick P&DF, safety violations have increased dramatically, including:
A. Fire extinguishers blocked
B. Tray Management System E-Stops blocked
C. Fire exits blocked
D. Walkways leading to means of egress are blocked by equipment.
E. Powered industrial equipment impacting other equipment multiple times per day.
F. Mail sortation and distribution being performed in walkways because there is no other space in which to conduct the operations.
G. Countless near misses between equipment transported through the plant and employees.
We believe the above instances of delayed mail and safety violations are the tip of the iceberg. Mail was and is being delayed intentionally and with the full knowledge of top management officials and daily reports are being falsified as a matter of course with the full knowledge of top management. We believe that since the closing of the Frederick P&DF, there have been multitudinous and continuous violations of 18 USC Code 1703 and that these violations have been ordered by the highest-level officials of the United States Postal Service, up to and including the Postmaster General of the United States, Patrick R. Donahoe. It is evident that the Baltimore P&DC is incapable of processing the mail from the Frederick P&DC in a safe and timely manner and that the study used to justify the consolidation was flawed, arbitrary and capricious or intentionally falsified.
We, the below signed, request an immediate, thorough and objective investigation of the above allegations and the totality of effects of the closing of the Frederick P&DC, including possible crimes committed by Postal management officials up to and including the Postmaster General of the United States.
CC. President Barack Obama
All United States Senators
All Members of the House of Representatives
All members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors