ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Union workers picketed outside the downtown Post Office Tuesday. They’re upset that the mail sorting machines, which are supposed to have two workers operating them, are consistently only staffed with one person.
The Postal Service says that’s allowed according a provision in the union contract. The Union says that provision is being overused.
“The Postal Service already has a binding agreement with the APWU, as I said earlier, that stipulates two is standard, one is acceptable.” said U.S. Postal service spokesperson Valerie Welsch.
“They can run one person on a short district, on a small district, but the problem is the districts that they’re using right now with open person are some of the biggest districts in the city. said Fred Wolfmeyer President, St. Louis Gateway Local 8, American Postal Workers Union.
The Union says the staffing issue is also a safety concern for it’s workers.
Postal service district manager Charley Miller and St. Louis Postmaster Cathy Vaughn cut the ribbon Tuesday on the newly renovated Post Office in Richmond Heights. It’s located at south Big Bend and Wise, just north of Highway 40.