Chicago letter carriers union asks for outside help to deliver mail amid staff shortages

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago residents stood in the bitter cold Friday trying to track down mail that is not being delivered to their homes. For many, it’s an issue that’s been going on for months.

Deetreena Perteet and others who live here in her Bronzeville building said they haven’t gotten mail deliveries in more than a month.

“I got money in that mailbox. I want it. I got bills in that mailbox, I want to take care of my bills,” Perteet said.

She wants that most basic of services afforded to all Americans: USPS mail delivery.

“All we want is our mail. We’re not asking you to do anything other than deliver us our mail, please,” she said.

Tamika Lewis says she has been dealing with not receiving mail for weeks now, and she is frustrated.

Over at the post office on 74th and Exchange, frustration has been mounting for weeks as people brave the cold and COVID-19 for a chance to find their letters and packages. Some have been waiting for three weeks.

“I’m waiting to pay my bills, I need my check to pay my bills with, so now I gotta pay late charges. You know, it’s terrible,” Telfrieda Watson said, adding she’s been waiting for her mail for nearly a month.

Source: USPS Chicago mail delivery delays: Letter carriers union asks for outside help to deliver mail amid staff shortages – ABC7 Chicago