posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 11:18 AM
This is most disturbing news. I am a rural mail carrier for the USPS. I have been working there for 7 years and am still waiting for a full time
position. As is, I work 6 days a week, but do not qualify for benefits since I am considered 'part time'. I can tell you the situation is not good
there. We have even been recently told to cut back on rubber band usage (which we use to 'bundle' mail before it goes to the street)! I can confirm
there has been a drastic reduction in first class mail. It actually only makes up a very small percentage of our volume. Overtime is a strict no-no as
a carrier. But yet we have several managers making substantially more for doing little else it seems than making sure we still know how to do our job.
There is also a good chance they will soon reduce the number of days we work during the week. To many this would not seem like a bad thing, however
to us carriers (part time more so than regular) this is far from the case.
As a part timer waiting to bid an open route, this means that the one 'guaranteed' day to get hours would be eliminated. This would drastically
reduce the number of available hours to those of us who depend on those hours to make our living.
Most of those not 'privy' to the way mail is routed, let me give you a run-down.
Once it leaves your mailbox, your letter (as example) goes back to the annex where all is collected for your area.
From there it is taken to a processing center to be routed to the correct area. This mail is then taken from that processing center, to a local
district processing center. It is run through an optical reader at several thousand pieces per minute.
The machine reads the address of said letters and sorts them according to route, which is also sorted by zip code. This 'DPS' as we call it, is
loaded into cages and trucked to the correct annex.
Each route gets several trays of 'DPS' each containing 650-700 letters.
At this point, your carrier goes through each piece of mail (magazines, letters, parcels, ect..) one at a time to verify address and name. We
organize this mail into a case, which has each name and address in a 1 inch slot.
These cases are in order we drive/walk each route. Aprox. 500-1000+ addresses per route.
We then pull this mail down in reverse order banding sections of mail together. This then, can be loaded into the LLV (Long Life Vehicle 'mail
trucks') or personal vehicle depending on route. Btw, the LLV's are rear wheel drive, barely working heat, no AC, no insulation, metal boxes with
From this point, mail is delivered to your home by a carrier who has already worked about 4 or 5 hours+ before you see them. I almost forgot, all of
this is timed and "HAS" to be done within specific time constraints.
We are under a great deal of stress to get everything 'perfect' at all times. There is a rule for every piece of mail, and every action in the
process. (hence the term 'going postal')
There is of course, much more to the process of the personal carrier via 'special' mail ect, that would simply take too long to explain in one
I tell all of you this because if our days are reduced, the workload stays the same. This means we will be doing this process on one day for all
accumulated mail in X number of days off. We see this now on a weekend holiday. Where, for example, if there is no mail on Monday, on Tuesday we will
be processing Saturday night, Sunday, and Monday's mail. If any of you have done the rough math thus far, I am certain your views and respect for
your local carrier has changed.
I would also like to add, we are NOT a government funded institution. We are a separate business entity governed by national mandate. Our funding
comes only from you the customer.
Thank you for your time. I hope this has shed some light on what we do for all of you previously uninformed.