I am a RURAL CARRIER and have been for several years. First of all we are not PAID BY THE HOUR!!! The post office is counting the mail on some routes right now. The count started on February 27, 2010 - March 12, 2010. What is a mail count you ask. Well it is where the post office screws all of the rural carriers out of a salary. Some carriers know that the post office is in contact with mailers(bulk for the most part). At this time mail is held so in turn it cannot get to the carrier to be counted. Last year some routes lost 4-5hrs a week. It may not mean much to people who don't work in the rain, sleet, snow, and drive there own vehicles which get run down; but hey we work harder then most walking routes. After the post office cheats the rural carriers during this count you will see a whole load of standard mail(STD or bulk). Outsiders can help us. We need parcels, letters, flats, pick-ups, if no one helps... hundreds will be out of work in the Wilmington, NC area alone. Think about other people besides yourself. What if one day you were handed a pink slip; what would happen to you?
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