For several months, I have received phone calls complaining about the environment in the Evanston Post Office, 1101 Davis St. Postal workers allege that they are: yelled at; followed; challenged about or denied time off for jury duty, court appearances, illness, medical appointments, or family emergencies; threatened with disciplinary measures such as being written up, suspended with or without pay, and/or loss of employment.

I wrote letters to the U.S. Postmaster General and state and federal officials in response to these calls. Postal workers tell me that the environment has not changed. 

On Aug. 22 postal workers called me to report that Evanston’s main post office on Davis Street was oppressively hot. The air conditioning was not working. One postal worker suffered heat exhaustion and was taken by ambulance to emergency after a coworker called 911. Prior to this call, another worker called me and asked me to call 911 because it was being said that the sick worker’s condition was not that bad and was due to “dehydration, not heat exhaustion.” Huh? 

Several postal workers have said that they fear one or more of them will “go postal” because of the stress they experience. So … is stress what our taxes are supposed to support? I would hope not. Please talk to our postal workers and call, write or fax the U.S. Postmaster and state and federal officials if you learn that they are being mistreated.

Unfair, unkind, unprofessional treatment of our postal workers should not be tolerated. With your help in eradicating the alleged mistreatment of our postal workers and lessening the chances of them “going postal,” postal workers will be able to enjoy a better work environment and I will be able to get off my soapbox.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...