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Camp Washington residents and businesses are frustrated with mail delivery issues

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jun 28, 2018

CINCINNATI -- Some Camp Washington residents and businesses have been having an issue getting their mail, and they’ve brought their concerns to the post office. 

"The past six months, there's been sporadic mail, sometimes no mail, sometimes it comes at 10 a.m., sometimes at 8 p.m," said Wave Pool executive director Cal Cullen.

Cullen said the mail is crucial to a non-profit organization like Wave Pool in Camp Washington.

"As much as things are emailed these days, a lot of things aren't. There's a lot of signatures that need to be mailed," Cullen said.

The Camp Washington Community Board members have noticed the same problem. Community organizer James Heller-Jackson even asked a mail carrier to check his truck. 

“It was this much mail that had not been delivered over probably a month period,’ Heller-Jackson said.

Calls by residents to the post office haven’t brought a resolution.

This week, union postal workers brought up staffing issues. 

"In general, in Cincinnati, there has been 50 clerk jobs that has gone unfilled since April of 2017," American Postal Workers Union Local 164 president Mike Smith said.

A spokesperson for the USPS sent 9 On Your Side a statement which reads: “The Postal Service appreciates its customers’ concerns and strives to provide excellent service. When mail service issues occur, we take steps to quickly resolve customer concerns. In this specific case, local management will be contacting these customers to offer an apology and to work together to arrive at a solution the customers find acceptable.”

This week contract negotiations started between the US postal service and the American Postal Workers Union. The current contract expires in September.