Lexington’s Paul Steidler was quoted in Newsy’s article about major USPS staffing shortages affecting delivery rates in several states. “When the Postal Service told us repeatedly, loudly and very clearly in return for the lower the longer delivery times, you’re going to have more reliable service. It’s extremely disappointing to see what’s going on not only in Montana, but the current situations that you mentioned, and Massachusetts, Kentucky, Indiana,” Steidler said.
Steidler says the USPS has hired more people, which he says makes this more confusing. “I mean, staffing is at the highest levels in 10 years, mail delivery is down about 30%,” he said.
But he also pointed to package delivery as a contributing factor: “You have mail volume going down this significantly and package volume going up. That’s a much more labor intensive area that people have to be involved in.” Steidler additionally warned that existing problems are going to get infinitely worse if they are not sorted out by Election Day and the holiday season.
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