I’ve worked as a USPS letter carrier in Illinois for the past 15 years.
Ever since COVID, we’ve been short-staffed. There are people at my job I haven’t seen in nearly two years because they have pre-existing conditions that make them vulnerable to infection and can’t work.
But while the number of workers may have decreased, the workload certainly hasn’t, so it’s up to the rest of us to compensate. There’s really no cap on overtime since the pandemic hit, so if I’m past eight hours but still have deliveries to make, I just keep on going. At times, it can be exhausting and plenty of people experience burnout but the way I see it, the more work that comes in, the more job security we have.