One of the unfortunate byproducts of the pandemic has landed squarely on the backs of our local postal workers.
You likely remember their adopted motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"
But on closer inspection, Amazon was nowhere to be found in that promise.
If you are like me, your mail likely has been arriving late into the evenings. I have to admit I bristled when enduring the long line that consumes most of a lunch hour when a package too large for my box means a trip to the post office to pick it up. I used to get an attitude about all of that until someone wised me up to what is transpiring behind the scenes.
Due to folks avoiding brick and mortar stores due to the China Virus and ordering online to keep safe, our folks in blue have been for a good long while stretched to beyond capacity. Working late, working consecutive shifts, with vehicles that are in shabby condition.
In larger cities, Amazon has fleets of trucks helping to make those deliveries but in rural towns like Gold Beach the postal service has to make those runs.
This means our hard working mail deliverers are working overtime, correction - FREE time - often several hours after their scheduled shifts in order to get all these parcels to your door.
It amounts to slave labor and it is not right.
Their mighty union is of no use on this matter and due to budgetary constraints at the USPS there is no monies available beyond straight pay.
Just know this if you are getting your mail at 8 p.m. these folks started at 7 a.m. and aren't getting home to their families until later than that and again, with no financial compensation whatsoever.
So when you see your mail courier it might make their day if instead of a growl you offered them a smile and a "thank you."
Randy R. Robbins