Albuquerque post offices under investigation after late mail, pest problems

New Mexico

Monday through Saturday mail comes in and out of Albuquerque. For the last two years, a spokesperson for the local postal union says post offices have gone downhill.

“It’s now getting to that tipping point where it’s unsustainable anymore,” said Dan Huerta with the Local 380 Postal Workers Union. 

Huerta said in four reports, the union has outlined the problems. 

“The structural damage that hasn’t been repaired… delayed mail piling up, the filthy conditions at the entrance,” he said sifting through pictures in the reports.  

The issues he says stem from a staffing shortage.

“The delayed mail, there’s just not enough people to work the mail,” said Huerta. 

They also have taken many pictures of post offices filthy that are not getting cleaned. 

“They’ve cut the custodial service almost in half,” he said. 

Other post offices have issues with problem pests, like bats coming out of the main office. 

“We’ve had a couple of rats fall down from the ceiling, at Five Points one fell onto a customer’s shoulder,” said Huerta. 

A spokesperson for the Arizona District office says they were made aware of the issues and have already fixed them.  They went on to say the district manager also came to Albuquerque to ensure the problems were handled. 

Now, Senator Martin Heinrich and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham have both stepped in.  Each sent their own letters to Washington D.C. They are both calling for investigations into the post offices.

Heinrich’s letter went to the Postmaster General, and Lujan Grisham’s went to the Inspector General. 

“This just trickles down to affect the customers, because they shouldn’t have to wait in line to buy a stamp, they shouldn’t have to wait in line or have delayed mail whatsoever,” said Huerta. 

Huerta says both Senator Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall will be visiting post offices in the district later this week to take a look at the problems.

To read the letter from Senator Heinrich, click here. 

To read the letter from Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, click here.

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