Tags: mail | carrier | killed | memorial

Postal Workers Demand Safer Working Conditions after Murder of Carrier

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 12:22 PM

By Lisa Barron

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
United States Postal Service employees are calling for safer working conditions after the death of a mail carrier in Maryland who was killed last year while delivering letters after dark.

A group of postal workers held a rally Monday night in Washington, D.C. attended by the family of Tyson Barnette, a 26-year-old carrier who was fatally shot in Landover, Md. on Nov. 23 while working a nighttime route, reports myFoxdc.com


"Don't let another life be taken by something that can be fixed as easily as pushing the (shift) times back in the morning," his mother, Bridget Barnette, said.

DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG


Although postal inspectors have offered a $125,000 reward for information on the Barnette case, there has reportedly been no word of a suspect or motive.


The workers at Monday's event, held at the Martin Luther King Memorial, demanded an end to after-dark deliveries, earlier shift start times, an adjustment to supposedly overburdened routes and the reopening of mail processing plants that have been shuttered because of a decline in the volume of mail, reports WTOP.

Postal Service officials have said that they understand the employees' concerns and are doing what they can to address them. Postal spokesman Dave Partenheimer reiterated that view in a statement Monday, although there was no mention of changing hours or reopening closed facilities.

"The Postal Service takes the safety of our employees very seriously. We have a robust safety program designed to heighten awareness of dangers carriers can face while performing their duties and teach techniques to minimize that danger," he stressed." We are also working with the National Association of Letter Carriers to identify additional actions we can take to keep our carriers safe during daylight hours when most assaults occur — and while delivering later in the day."

But, he continued, "Late-day deliveries are sometimes unavoidable due to inclement weather, traffic issues or other unplanned events and seasonal fluctuations in mail volumes. Additionally, the Postal Service is making investments in technology aimed at providing real time product visibility and improving safety. This includes two-way communication capabilities and Global Positioning System functionality, which will allow for real-time communications with carriers."

Related stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Joe Scarborough Denies Lobbying Hard for 'Meet the Press' Job

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 23:07 PM

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough denied reports Thursday that he and his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski have been "aggress . . .

Laura Ingraham: Rand Paul Closest to Americans on Foreign Policy

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:43 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, accused of being an isolationist by some fellow Republicans, is actually more in step with the  . . .

Legal Analyst Coffey: Ariz. Execution Won't Affect Death Penalty

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 20:22 PM

Don't expect Arizona's controversial execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood to put a damper on the death penalty, veteran lega . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved