USPS, Union agree retention issues leads to short staffing and delivery challenges in Northern California

Most everyone has heard, at one time or another, the old slogan attributed to the United States Postal Service: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

These days, it seems, those appointed rounds are anything but swift, taking some carriers late into the gloom of night. And for an agency beset with financial woes and staffing shortages, the problems may not end there — in the Bay Area, evidence has grown in recent years of chronic problems with deliveries delayed not by hours but days, and mail dropped off at the wrong addresses by harried carriers rushing to complete marathon routes.

 Postal union members and management concede that retention issues have led to short staffing and delivery challenges, though there are differing opinions about the extent of the problems and whether they’re temporary or more deeply rooted.

One thing that is clear, however, is late-night mail deliveries have become commonplace in many areas. Susan Wengraf, a member of the Berkeley City Council, said that about a month ago she started seeing her mail delivered around 10 p.m. or later.

“It seemed unusual, but at least I was getting mail,” Wengraf said. Read more

A postal worker makes his rounds in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

A postal worker makes his rounds in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

 

 

3 thoughts on “USPS, Union agree retention issues leads to short staffing and delivery challenges in Northern California

  1. Now that both the union and management finally agree on something the next step is to convert more career carriers from the CCA’s. And convert many coffee slurping stupidvisors to career carriers! Get them away from the desk and out on the road where they belong.

    • You are correct that if they only could see where the tire meets the road.
      In the great lakes part of the country where your from. It currently is
      the quiet before the storm. A little common sense would go a long way.
      Thank you for your service . Good luck in your efforts.

  2. Good job NALC for creating these horrible working conditions by selling out the carriers for a 1% percent raise. The NALC is not a progressive union anymore . It is a union that is going backwards where carriers here in the northeast are skipping lunches and 10 minute breaks on a regular basis.

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