Union Head: 'Lack Of Proper Staffing' To Blame For Westchester Mail Woes

The president of the American Postal Workers Union is citing a lack of “proper” staffing at Westchester post offices for the recent rash of shoddy mail service that has been plaguing local residents.

<p>United States Postal Service.</p>

United States Postal Service.

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Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner announced last week that after inquiring to U.S. Postal Service officials regarding the lack of delivery recently, he received an email from Patricia Irons, the Manager for Public Policy Planning and Analysis for U.S.P.S., who said the matter has been forwarded to the Inspector General.

According to Feiner, in recent weeks, he has received daily emails about the postal service, be it lack of delivery, people not receiving medical prescriptions checks or bills, mail being sent to the wrong address and some Hartsdale residents who simply have not received mail in days.

Similar concerns have been raised in New Rochelle, Eastchester, Pelham and other Westchester communities.

On Thursday, Feiner shared a response from Mark Dimondstein, the President of the American Postal Workers Union - who grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson - who said he shares the community’s concerns regarding “poor, and seemingly ever deteriorating, mail services.”

“The American Postal Workers Union share your concerns and are extremely disturbed by a series of management actions that have undermined public postal services,” Dimondstein stated. “These include the slowing down of mail delivery standards, closing of a number of processing facilities that resulted in delayed mail, limiting hours of retail operations and short staffing that is causing long lines at retail units and later and later delivery on the city carrier side.”

Dimondstein went on to note that “the USPS has also moved to a ‘model’ of more non-career employees, with greater tum-over in the ranks and less trained postal workers.”

“Added together, these account for much of the complaints you are receiving. While the union does not ‘run’ the postal services, we have raised our voices loud and clear regarding our concerns and believe in defending the "common good" that the public Post Service has historically represented, and should continue to do so.”

Dimondstein went on to say he has met with high-level postal management and shared the concern of Westchester communities. He has also passed along Feiner’s initial letter to the National Association of Letter Carriers and Postmaster General Megan Brennan. Dimondstein also encouraged residents and local officials to contact local Congressional representatives.

“Whatever challenges are facing the Postal Services, and there are challenges, the answer should not be to cut and slash services,” he said. “I remind my counterparts at postal headquarters that it is not called the United States Postal Business, but rather the United States Postal Service.

“I hope some of the union’s interventions prove to be helpful. It is a sad state of affairs when the union, and the dedicated postal workers we represent, are far more concerned and interested in service, then is postal management.” 

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