Durbin Discusses Mail Delays with the National Association of Letter Carriers

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with Illinois leaders from the National Association of Letter Carriers and Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers. Durbin and the group discussed changes by the United States Postal Service (USPS) that have resulted in significant mail delays.

“Our letter carriers are essential. They keep Americans connected to their community and small businesses running. Our postal workers deserve adequate leadership that helps them accomplish their mission, not halt their operations. I will continue to press local, regional, and national USPS leadership to protect delivery standards and service,” Durbin said. 

Last month, Durbin urged local USPS leadership in Illinois to address service issues in the USPS Chicago region. In a letter to Krista Finazzo, Vice President, Area Retail and Delivery Operations Central Area, Durbin noted that the region has experienced a disruption in service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff shortages, and recent snowstorms, but also said more must be done to ensure the timely delivery of medicine and other essential mail that is critical to the health and safety of many Illinoisans.