U.S. Postal Service struggles with worker shortage, delivery delays in Greater Cleveland, Ohio and the nation

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A shortage of delivery employees in the U.S. Postal Service has led to slow or no delivery in communities throughout Greater Cleveland, elsewhere in Ohio and across the nation.

It’s a problem that was triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to linger, as the postal service tries to fill open jobs – a task made even more complicated as aging workers retire.

“I think the pandemic really took a toll on the workforce,” Mark Camilli, a national business agent for the National Association of Letter Carriers, said in an interview. The association is the bargaining union for postal delivery workers.

“It’s been really tough for two-and-a-half, going on three years,” Camilli said.
The scenario in Greater Cleveland, where workers are stretched thin to cover for unfilled positions, is also playing out across the state, including in the Columbus and Cincinnati metro areas, Camilli said.

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