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Engel Ensures Safety Protocol for Mail Carriers at Kingsbridge Post Office Remains in Place

Engel Ensures Safety Protocol for Mail Carriers at Kingsbridge Post Office Remains in Place

Congressman Eliot Engel’s office intervened with plans by the Post Office to end staggered reporting times for mail carriers at the Kingsbridge Branch this week. Since the start of the pandemic, letter carriers have been ordered to report to work at staggered times in order to reduce the amount of workers in a single place at a single time and maintain social distancing. But carriers were told earlier this week that everyone had to report to the office at 8:30am, a stunning reversal following a rash of COVID-19 cases by post office workers just weeks prior.

Engel’s office reached out to USPS New York District Manager Allen Tanko and demanded the Kingsbridge Branch continue to maintain its staggered reporting times for mail carriers. The USPS responded saying they had spoken with Kingsbridge Branch management and that staggered schedules will remain in place.

“We’ve done very strong work here in New York to flatten the curve, but it would be foolish to go back to the way things were while this pandemic is still raging across the country,” Engel said. “Mail carriers and postal employees need to be taken care of by USPS management, and residents of the Bronx deserve to have their mail delivered in a timely fashion. Those two things can’t happen if workers are getting sick due to poor scheduling decisions and faulty management. I’m pleased the post office responded so quickly to our demands and reversed course, which should health keep workers healthy and safe.”