WASHINGTON (7News) — U.S. Postal Service (USPS) workers are holding protests outside postal facilities and congressional offices across the nation to demand better service at the post office.
A group of postal workers is rallying Tuesday outside of the USPS headquarters in southwest D.C. The event is being held ahead of a USPS Board of Governors meeting at 4 p.m.
7News' D.C. Bureau Chief Sam Ford will attend the event to hear their concerns.
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On Friday, April 28, a group of postal workers in Maryland rallied outside the Brentwood Post Office.
In a prior press release, members of the American Postal Workers Union said they are calling on USPS to address staffing shortages and work conditions.
'"Although the USPS’ finances have improved significantly due to passage of the Postal Service Reform Act, service problems are widespread and no corner of the country has been spared,” said American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein.
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Dimondstein believes new hires at the USPS are often treated poorly and many fail to receive proper training, causing a high turnover rate. He added that the pressures of short-staffing, a high volume of mail and packages, abusive treatment by managers and a "toxic work environment" have also been factors for mail delays.
A USPS spokesperson released the following statement on Tuesday:
"The position being presented by the APWU protestors is absent of anything based in reality. These are the facts:
Read the agency's progress report here.