St. Petersburg, FL – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) sent a letter to Postmaster Louis DeJoy asking for the United States Postal Service to provide reflective gear and flashlights to protect letter carriers working nighttime hours. As the added workload of the pandemic has forced more workers to continue their deliveries long after nightfall, several Pinellas postal employees have reported lacking the necessary equipment to complete their routes safely.
“Those who are already risking their lives to keep us connected during the pandemic should not face yet another safety risk,” Crist said. “It is imperative that our letter carriers have everything they need to deliver our mail safely and efficiently. Knowing that letter carriers are having to work longer hours, sometimes after dark, it only makes sense that we provide them with tools as simple as reflective vests and flashlights.”
“Letter Carriers of Florida and also around the country are getting very concerned with delivering late at night without the proper safety equipment seven days a week. We applaud Rep. Crist’s efforts to bring this issue to the attention of the Postmaster General,” said Al Friedman, Florida State Letter Carriers Association President.