BANGOR — If you’ve noticed a delay in your mail, you’re not alone. The United States Postal Service has warned employees more delays could be coming with changes.
With a new Postmaster General appointed last month, Louis DeJoy stated his mission is to operate a new business model, which will put the United States Postal Service on a “trajectory for success.”
After a memo was released, longtime postal employees are seeing those changes.
“He’s come in and he said carriers will leave on time, return on time and there will be no overtime, which if he can do that he is a miracle worker,” said Cheryl Elrich, president of National Association of Letter Carriers Local 391.
Elrich said for decades, postal managers have warned change was coming. Now it has but it’s not being welcomed.
She has been in contact with her former coworkers about their feelings on being cut short.
“It’s the same stretch of mail, so someone isn’t getting their mail, they’re only getting it three or four days a week. They’re not happy with the changes,” said Elrich.
According to Federal News Network website, the memo states late and extra delivery trips cost the agency $200 million annually.
“Cutting the overtime if mail comes in late, more than likely they won’t get that processed that night, which will result in delayed mail, which is a big issue right now with the election coming up,” said Elrich.
The election is just one of numerous problems we could see in the future.
“There is one office. They have delayed mail to go out and another office that told a carrier to come back regardless if he had his whole route delivered,” said Elrich. “So he missed 30 minutes of his route a couple of days, that included some prescription medication.”
There are many questions still unanswered but one thing is still certain, the USPS has to change its business model if it intends on surviving.