Letter Carriers Balk at Entering Brooklyn Post Office Over Coronavirus

Letter carriers refused to enter a Brooklyn post office Friday after a supervisor tested positive for coronavirus, according to a union official.

The supervisor of retail operations, who was working at the Metropolitan Station in Williamsburg, was diagnosed Thursday, according to Tom McMenamy, president of American Postal Workers, Local 251, which represents 1,281 clerks and other employees in Brooklyn.

“They disinfected the building last night but people are frightened,” he said Friday. “They fear for their safety.”

On Friday morning, about 20 letter carriers huddled in the back of the historic two-story building. They wouldn’t go inside, and instead waited for mail to be brought to them in the parking lot for delivery, according to McMenamy.

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