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MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays

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Postal service staffing shortages across the United States, including in rural areas of Mississippi, are being cited as one of the reasons for mail delivery delays. Members of the American Postal Workers Union are calling for more staffing and better pay to reduce turnover.

George Collins, who's a member of the American Postal Workers Union in Biloxi, said he was notified in a letter that the postal service has a new process to reroute daily mail and packages from Gulfport to Jackson, which he said is also impacting on-time delivery.

"And then it's gonna all be put in a truck to drive three-plus hours to the Jackson processing plant. By the time it gets to Jackson, Jackson will have already dispatched the truck with the delivery mail for the next day in Gulfport back to the Gulfport plant. So it will be delayed at least a day," Collins said.

Collins added the public is invited to attend a March 6th meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College about the modernization and restructuring of the Gulfport mail processing center. He said Gulfport processes mail for the entire Mississippi coast.

Collins emphasizes the importance of Mississippians to work with Congress and lawmakers to require the Postal Service to return the service standards to the 2012 specification, which requires the local delivery of mail to be within one to two days.

"No member of Congress, neither House of Representatives or the Senate, has progressed these bills to put them on the floor. However, every member of the United States of America is duly affected by this. But Congress and the Senate failed to act," he said.

Collins added the Postal Service delivers medicine to disabled veterans on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs. But recently, the Postal Service implemented a ten year transformation plan Delivering For America, which he said has resulted in slower mail delivery. He added this is negatively impacting disabled veterans who rely on getting their VA-prescribed medicine by mail in a timely manner.


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