Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Aldermen Get First-Hand Look At Mail Delivery

More pressure on the mail carriers, yes? From CBS2...
Postal carriers on Wednesday are dealing with the busiest mail delivery day of the year, and some will be accompanied by Chicago aldermen on their routes.

As CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports, on Wednesday morning Ald. Ed Smith (28th) will leave from the post office at 4222 W. Madison St. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood with a mail carrier. The goal is to get an up close, personal look at the mail service in the ward on the busiest delivery day of the holiday mailing season.

City post offices have extended their hours and hired more than 1,300 seasonal workers to make sure packages and letters get between points in a timely manner. Smith and other aldermen will get to see what it takes.

The scrutiny follows negative news from earlier this year, which found that Chicago's overnight mail delivery ranked the worst in the entire country.

That prompted hearings to find out why, and people were critical

"What mail am I not getting?" postal customer David Barlow said on May 31. "Who's getting my mail, and what are they doing with it? Are they throwing it in the can or are they putting it back in the mailbox hoping that it might get to the right owner?"

Barlow was among those who testified at a congressional hearing in May, along with other unhappy customers, mail carriers and elected officials.
According to this article 7 aldermen plan to either walk a mail route or have a look at how the mail system works.

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