Chicago south and west side postal workers are making it clear that they will stop delivering mail to trouble areas unless the city takes a more aggressive and effective position in combating violent crime.
A mail carrier was shot multiple times in early September while walking her Burnside neighborhood route. Six months before, a different postal worker was shot after getting caught in the crossfire of rival gangs while delivering letters in Brighton Park. A third post office worker was shot with a paintball in the same Burnside neighborhood.
While the U.S. Postal Service has put up $50,000 in reward money for those with information about the most recent shooting, post office personnel in Chicago protested on Friday, demanding action by the city.
Mack Julion, speaking on behalf of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 11, made clear that postal workers have a right to feel safe when at work.
"Any letter carrier who does not feel safe in any one of these communities then they are not to deliver mail and customers have to pick up their mail," Julion said. "We are not going to have another situation where the letter carrier is shot down."
The wounded mail carrier is still listed in serious condition at the hospital.