Posts Tagged ‘Post Office’

Let’s Talk with Kalola: Postal Worker

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Dear Kalola,

I have been a postal worker for 19 years. I am a female. The first 16 years were very uneventful. Numerous different managers and co-workers have come and gone in those 19 years. Five years ago a male military veteran was hired. He had been in the military for 13 years. I would guess his age to be about 45-50. We have three different crafts in our office. This military veteran spent 2.5 years as a “sub” to a regular carrier position and then through a series of unusual events was given a coveted regular position. These positions in our office usually take 8-12 years to get into.

I personally witnessed this man scream at the veteran female carrier on the workroom floor. He had been employed with us for less than a year. She retired soon after, making me the veteran carrier in our craft, and making him a regular.

He screamed at me after an incident in which he kept interrupting me in a craft meeting we were having with two supervisors. After the meeting, I went up to him and told him that I didn’t appreciate him interrupting and disagreeing with every comment I made in front of the bosses. He blew his stack and screamed at me “You’re harassing me! I’m telling management that you’re harassing me!” After I left his area he proceeded to come up behind me while I was talking to two other women, and scream again “I’m telling management that you’re harassing me!” We were both interviewed by management, as were the witnesses’ and I was told to avoid talking to him from that point on. That was management’s solution.

His campaign against me has included things as petty as closing doors after I open them to adjusting the office radio after he sees me touch it to comments loud enough for me to hear such as “when you’re the best of the best over there”. Or “I always obey all the rules.” I am the whistle-blower in my office and have recently become the local steward for my office. His relationship with our last interim supervisor including eating pizza with her at her desk and poker parties at her house. She has thankfully moved on to an office that she will run by herself with no employees.

I have been experiencing severe anxiety at work and I’m not much calmer outside of work. I have crying fits which I’m assuming are some kind of panic attacks. With all due modesty, I used to be one of the funniest and happiest people to be around. My friends loved to be around me. I don’t even recognize the person I am now.

The town I live in has a population of about 7,000. The job I have is literally in the top 3% of jobs you can get in this county. I have only a high school education and an elderly mother who lives here and who I am unwilling to leave. I do not consider relocation to another city an option for me.

Your website is what is currently keeping me sane. Thank you for it.

Postal Worker


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WBI Podcast 34: Felix Nater

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Here is a nice piece of older audio from a radio program featuring Dr. Namie. His guest is Felix Nater, a former Postal Inspector, whose experiences led him to investigate workplace homicides and to prosecute offenders. Prevention was often lacking. Now consultant Nater makes violence prevention a key part of the business process for clients. He developed the Violence Interdiction Model which he shares with the Work Doctor audience.

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Michigan Post Office Bullying Allegations

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

“Postal worker’s bullying allegations draw attention” by John Schneider, Lansing State Journal, Feb. 4, 2010 Read the original article

A postal worker, Ray Miehlke, contacted LSJ columnist Schneider with reports of a “reign of intimidation at the U.S. Postal Service’s Collins Road facility,” and a complaint of a physical assault by his supervisor which was found to have “no merit” by USPS spokesman Jim Mruk. To explain his willingness to speak up while others are intimidated into silence with threats of retaliation, Miehlke said “I’ve lived my life not putting up with bullies.”

Abusive workplaces are not rare at the Post Office. See the following articles posted here:

Another USPS Tragedy The 2010 Murder by Proxy documentary An arbitration where the Post Office defended the bully supervisor claiming the Violence policy does not apply



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