California postal workers worried about easing delivery times
UPLAND, Calif. – Ahead of the busiest season of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, some California postal workers are raising concerns about the latest policy changes.
They understand new service standards that slow down the delivery of first class mail.
Mail traveling less than 1,000 miles should reach its destination in three days, and mail traveling over 1,900 miles will take approximately five days. The postal service has also increased the rates for mail, parcels and other special services.
Rick Ruiz, executive vice president of the American Postal Workers Union California Local 4635, which has more than 1,700 members in Southern California, said he was concerned people would turn to other providers. delivery, especially for mail with a deadline.
âLet’s say you have a credit card that you have to pay off, and you have to send it to Pennsylvania or you have to send it to Delaware, and it has to be there in five days,â Ruiz explained. “People are not going to trust the post office with the relaxed standards. People are going to find, you know, other ways to pay their bills because time is money.”
The changes are part of Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s ten-year plan, called Deliver for America, which includes the modernization of the vehicle fleet and the investment in mail processing facilities. DeJoy said the agency was hiring 40,000 seasonal workers to help with the vacation rush.
Christopher Shaw, author and US Postal Service historian, said adding short-term staff is only a temporary solution to the problem.
âThey’ve basically been downsizing for over a decade, quite aggressively,â Shaw explained. “So there is this underlying problem of not having a sufficient number of career staff who really have this training, knowledge and experience of how the postal system works.”
DeJoy said the changes are needed to reduce a $ 160 billion loss to the postal service by 2030. The plan also includes reductions in post office hours.
Source: California Press Service