Daily Memphian Staff – September 4, 2020
The U.S. Postal Service is in hiring mode in Memphis, seeking to fill part-time, entry-level openings for mail carriers.
The hiring comes as the USPS takes heat for mail delays and scrutiny about its role in delivering what is expected to be a record amount of mailed-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election.
The USPS said Friday, Sept. 4, it is hiring rural carrier associates and city carrier assistants in Memphis.
Rural carrier associates are paid $18.56 an hour and city carrier assistants $17.29 an hour. The positions come with some benefits and earned vacation time.
Memphis Postmaster Reginald Capers is hoping for about 100 applicants, a USPS spokeswoman said. The USPS also is hiring for the holiday peak season.
An online application can be found at usps.com/careers. Applicants must be 18 or older and pass a background check and medical assessment.
Postal union officials in Memphis have said processing and delivery of mail has been slowed by absences of workers for COVID-related reasons and removal of mail processing equipment as part of a USPS restructuring.
The delays have given rise to complaints, mostly from Democrats and postal worker representatives, that the Republican-led administration is trying to make it harder for people to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has told Congress he is temporarily pausing further efficiency moves until after the election and committing to paying overtime and hiring additional workers as volume demands.
Source: The Daily Memphian