Yesterday, Speaker Bill O’Brien accused the workers of the USPS of tampering with his political mail. In a follow up to yesterday’s post, I went out to talk to someone who could fill in some of the details to further disprove these outlandish allegations.
I spoke with Chris Howe, the president of the APWU local 230 at the Goffs Falls Road mail processing plant. He told me in a phone interview that, “after he heard about the post he immediately went to research what exactly happened.” I asked what the standard delivery is for this type of mail. Howe stated, “It is a two day turn around if it is dropped off at the post off by a certain cutoff time”. Howe continued, “The Speaker’s mail was not received by the USPS in time to be processed that day”. Due to the fact that it was not was able to be processed in the same day moved the delivery date back one day. Howe re-iterated that “the Speaker’s mail was processed and delivered without any delay and with the same high level of service people expect from the USPS”.
In my research I also found that to tamper with the mail is not only wrong but it is a Federal Offense that could lead to a fine of up to $250,000 and up to five years in federal prison.
These claims are completely false and the Speaker is only trying to promote his anti-union agenda as he is campaigning for re-election. The USPS workers have served our nation for over 225 years, and is still the best in the world.