Workers at some Chicago area post offices are expressing concerns about COVID cases at various locations, saying that they worry that the infections could hamper mail delivery and lead to workers coming to work sick.
Mack Julian, who represents more than 3,500 letter carriers in the city, says that two workers have died from COVID in the last two months. He says that contact tracing has been lacking in USPS facilities in the city, and that COVID cases are posing challenges to mail service in the city.
“There’s a huge problem right now,” he said. “The problem that we are having is that the postal service is not reporting this information to us, or relaying to the employees on the work room floor.”
Julian says that COVID cases have impacted 64 post offices in the Chicago area, alleging that facilities are not being properly cleaned.