Mail misery and mix-up in zips 43609, 43614-15

   The Postal Service has suddenly eliminated 19 mail carrier routes in these zip codes , adding 1 to 2 hours to the routes that are left .  They  set up the new routes with a computer program and no worker input.  Business mail is delivered late, routes are not in   logical delivery sequence,  many carriers were out well past 6pm last week delivering by flashlight.     

   This is on orders from regional HQ in Cincinnati.  The P.O. has historically operated this way, it's  government mismanagement at its best. Talk to your mail carrier if you live in these zip code areas...  

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This may have been going on for some time. Our carrier,who has been with us for 18 years, started delivering very late (sometimes as late as 6 pm) a couple of months ago. He told us that routes had been reconfiguredas a cost-cutting measure.

I don't mind getting my mail late if it keeps the cost of a first-class stamp from changing for at least a couple of years! Not bloody likely, eh?

The "flats" (such as magazines) used to have to be sorted by the carrier. Now there is a method of doing that (it might even be a new machine) so the mail is set up for the carrier, and eliminating the time they spent doing this in the office. Carriers at one time spent up to two hours setting the mail up for the way the walked the route. The hope was that this could be reduced to a half-hour. This latest change may have met that goal. Of course, if information is keyed wrongly into the computer then you will see errors that the carrier now has no control over.

Cogitate, I thought there was a safety rule that carriers aren't supposed to be out after dark? Has the carrier's union lost their ability to enforce the safety rules?

Old South End Broadway

I talked to my union officer today . The P.O. is making the newbies go out in the dark. If they refuse, he can file a grievance , but they go out . We still do 1 to 2 hours in the office. The flats are not pre-sequenced yet. The big issue is the steadily dropping mail volume. And under the Postal reform act of '06 , retirees' health care is prepaid, at 2 billion per year . And that's our deficit. I'll see you on Havre st some time, the regular is gone from that route too.


Swell. My zip and my Sister's zip are in there. Marvelous.


'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'


'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

My neighborhood lost it's regular mailman on Friday, we've become an "auxiliary route" which the way it was explained to me means whoever has time will deliver our mail rather than any type of consistent service. I'm already noticing problems, such as today, my long awaited dsl modem was supposed to come today, instead all I received was a bunch of store flyers, no regular mail at all, which is not usual for this household. My two daughters use this address for mail so between all of us it's a very rare day when someone doesn't get some type of mail.

We don't remember days only moments...

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