tv Documentary RT November 30, 2021 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
ah hope and my body comes with a young handicap by right here and what's up? jason used to come down. didn't mail back then a good day. bye. be careful in all this mail for him and he'll come out and give him this ma'am. just the friendly people don't like family case. i say we're coming up. i just rather mail or something like that. they get things like clock like mediconnect shacks,
you know. so, you know, when that's coming and they know a special attention about on the job at that point. so it's not even like a job. you know, it's just like a normal family thing that you're dealing with a letter on your door and it will be handled to us by thousands of miles away in the most remote corner of uniting just really brain. i mean, i don't, in the world, the phone, all right, there will take 3 or 4 of those to get my normal cup of coffee. if you get this letter anywhere in the world and you trust it's going to go, that postal service delivers a $155000000000.00 pieces of mail every year. approximately 40 percent of the
world's ma'am. you can actually see the people that you're touching and i'm a people person. so does need to fill it out. we come here for the news. we come here for our mail for the kids to play. i mean, this is just kind of our social point of them. it's a post office and you know, the postmaster, if there are clerks there, you know them, you know, they're there to serve you, they feed job and they get to talk about things that are happening and what they need to get involved in and can be all it takes, it can be a bond issue, it can be that if there's a forest fire 2 miles down the road coming year away, each place is composed of different people on every everybody's got
a story to tell people, the post office is kind of a window on the world to look forward to it. it's a nice interval. hi jack. how are things in a little bit of information about the neighborhood and the community take did pick a real life spice in the community. the 1st thing i learned when i came to the public school service was free work, the sanctity of the male. i'm jay and this is my dad. right now we're our front a maple crush station. in maplewood, new jersey. my job was box clark, window work, and i spent many wonderful years here taking care of beautiful customers. he always had a lot to say about his job at the post office. i felt
a feeling of accomplishment, every day i came home from work. a lot of the added to those that work here very make if you did it by like you get it today. i like to help people. i care about them and i want to give them the best service and most knowledgeable service that i put in for hearing the stories for 27 years and watching what he went through to keep his job. i set out to uncover what happened to him was happening everywhere. mm. i love my job. when i went to work, post office, it was a tough job. a lot of the jobs for play and out around here at the time i
worked in the text to land a street and the meal i was working at was close and i when i started at the post office, i was 27 years old with 2 children and i had 3 jobs working at the mall. they were on minimum wage job. and there's no way i could support my children that i couldn't find about a job. money was great hours, and it was just a great place to work. but as time window a, i had never been messed with my whole career staff that are 50 war with so many years. it's almost like they've had they used to pull this out of me and it was time for me to go don't talk to nobody deliver to mail. you can cut the law on climate y'all,
or somebody pushes they would they actually call you that? they're trying to get union, but he doesn't matter if any time get you to break safety measures with it. i got your with fighting a pump in, in my head was about a mutual distress. you know, they're deployed, you don't trust the supervisor or manager. don't trust the workers, the supervisor we awards on your, on one side or on the other. the system right now is suppose to service operates it's counterproductive in many places it's. it's a day to day battle. i was told by several host masters and supervisors throughout my career. i will follow you till i catch you. do something wrong in this cultural culture. you're the enemy, if you will find a way to get at you opening new amount in
i worry about someone going postal. this is not an option for me. but what about someone that has put their life into the post office? what if they find themselves in brian's cross hairs? see nowhere out. no way out, decide to fire back. what if i'm at work that day and get caught in the crossfire? i warned them, i put it in writing and i sent it to the e. o investigator, and i know i know that somebody took notice because the eel investigator sent it to charlotte, who sent the guy down to interview me for an hour to make sure that to make sure that i wasn't contemplating something. that the district manager was having a job with the town hall meeting. i told him, i said we're giving you this paper, this petition. because we don't want to sit around and watch tv at the 11 o'clock
news. and something crazy happens in the post office. and we look at the tv and see you guys on there saying we didn't know anything was wrong. mm. so we'll put you on notice if we have a problem. and then of course we have this disaster tuesday morning. we're steve spencer. i'm committed suicide in the bathroom of the annex. i was totally shock. we had no one we. we didn't have anybody to talk to the carrier. we sent 2 people to the hospital after that. it's just a tragedy that they had to work through that me
or steve with this happy face. he was just happy face that you'd see in the morning this friendly guy. he didn't have any problems. not on the outside. stay was straight up fella. he always willing to take lead and all the things that the union and, and the postal service needed for the community. he was a timeless worker. me . this was the management supervisors that when they coming out and following steve me at 1st it was just every once in a while. but in the last 3 months he was allowed to be
3 or 4 times here. take your lunch break usually and pass by or pull end of the place. you're going to look and look at their watch. get out and check safe. your vehicles lock located. no and all the time that you're watching and then they move on. and that's to me that's forasmuch me. i believe they were following him to shake steve up. hopefully i would find him doing something like the listing for that i can they can never, diane. i think that's why and i followed him for so i
will be the kind of he will been the kind of guy that would be a sacrificial lamb to make things right. everybody else. it was just again steve spencer was my secretary when i was present. the thing that i was shocked about is why steve didn't come to somebody for help because everybody used to go to steve for help be real honest, which if it was a steve a lot of days, i probably couldn't roll to people. even the president of the union would come to him for advice because they knew, well, everyone knew the post management knew of the union members all the ne, knew that he has so much knowledge. and i think that's where part of the problem
came in. they were truly afraid of being me. he was the one that they were determined to see blame the puzzles her own. i wasn't surprised at what happened last week because i've seen it come and there's, there's going to be a lot more coming to if, if they don't stop doing the stress level walking into the building. i make people feel like their jobs are on the line . i think they feel like that if they say something that they're going to be after, they're gonna find things to go after them for that. i'll find things to try to get
them out when we were voicing our opinions about what this guy's saying and doing. the problem interviewed 6 people, all 6 people said, i feel my blood pressure coming up when i see this manager, the hair on my arm stands up. i get nervous, i get hence, i said, what's your definition of going postal? now when i said that to majid, he threw himself back into the computer. the girl that was taking notes dropped her pen and he says, we don't like the talk about gold postal. i said, okay, well then let's change a word. you tell me what the word is that we'd use instead of going postal. he says that, you know, i don't want to talk about going postal. they don't want to talk about that. ah,
the want drugs noted as a way to combat a gray problem? what's the want? it's part of the attitude of the nation, not just of north dakota, and it got to be something that you could get elected to this time. the fight against drugs still good to jake. told us that andrew was competent short form. this is way too dangerous for him to be doing. clearly they put him in harm's way. a rural college student doesn't just get shot in the head and found in a river like that. something else had to be happening.
i mean, where are you? in on august 18th, 1983 perry smith carried a 12 gauge shotgun to the post office where he worked for 25 years. he chased the postmaster to a nearby store and killed him, shooting 2 for or co workers in the process less than 4 months later, it happened again in alabama than georgia in new york city. for more than 2 decades attempt happening. postal employees can't to work aiming for their bosses, leaving awake of collateral damage as dozens of postal workers were killed or injured. millimeter vis. montclair, new jersey. there were 2 coastal employees killed. 2 people from the general public
and one named for life. i went and sat outside that office that night and had tears in my eyes because i wonder if i should go back to work because of the fact that this could happen to me. but it could happen to anybody in any walk a life. and i had so much to give up to leave the postal service me every incident, post office, a violence back then i was involved in i was called in dr. mike mantell, an expert in dealing with mass trauma arrived today. i remember talking about how quickly they cleaned up the blood and the bullet holes and how some of the post office workers said there's still some bull holes in the wall. and it turns a stomach and it turns twist, sir. mine's. it affects us deeply. and it was just get back to work. don't
worry about get over it. don't just take a file cabinet and move it over to cover a bullet hole. clean it up. i've seen a lot of people waiting in their delay. those labor management relations delay stress. i just don't think it's with michigan. i know the policy with targeting who was in came in at about 8 o'clock and had his gun under his coat. he shot chris carlyle and the head 5 times came out to other supervisors and went up there. and i guess he shot some people who were injury count and somebody jumped out of a window incredibly, every wanted more. you knew it was coming and most knew the gum. and by name mckelvey was their main target. they went after the guy for everything.
they went after him because his shorts weren't the right length that he went to the bathroom too many times the day that he was actually fired and it duck 3 management people got in a car and followed him out to his route. they were following. like within inches of his bumper, and that then he flowed down to, you know, 10 or 15 miles an hour. they said that he tried to hit them with, you know, slam on the brakes and make them hit him. what it came down to was that he would not submit to them. and so when i came to san francisco, i was just shocked that the manager there was the same kind of manager that i had seen in royal oak. you know, barking at everybody screaming at him, you know, scream from across the room for you to come to her desk. so she could yell at you
and for everybody in the, in the place is frightening to me, to be in there and the times that i went to the postmaster in san francisco and personally asked, what can we do because the morale is so bad that i can see how another royal op will happen here. and the response always was to me, well, geez, audrey, you seem to have some kind of personal problems. have you thought about seeing if i address the supervisor appears to have been killed by a co worker who later turned the gun on itself. both the employees were told not to comment as specifics to discipline already that information were either released. both of these employees are very well liked they don't have any idea. no one could possibly know why he did it. how can that be that you just have the same situation
really harassed or to organize any or shot a me without me getting up and try to assist them in just to see the injustice. and he said, you know what, i'm either going to go or i'm going to go do something. and that's one of the things that made me, stuart. and invariably, you'll find it to stewards or people that grew up standing in between a bully and somebody who either couldn't or wouldn't defend themselves. i am not an individual that likes to fight. i like to sit down and negotiate. but if i'm back into the corner on that swing or both arms, because i believe in human rights in fairness and i believe are morality. there's always some type of retaliation. whenever you get a really good settlement, whenever you, as, as i would say, just nail a once,
they want to come back and get you, but it's just business. it's not supposed to get personal. as a shop steward, my dad had an adversarial relationship with many of the bosses around the dinner table. i hear stories like this one after he had lost a large arbitration to grievance with me. and he took me outside my 40 birthday without it, without any near shot of anyone else say, i may fire you for no reason at all and you'll be on the outside every 6 months. the year you get to arbitration in 1997 local management, postpone inspectors following me and filming me on a daily basis. they accuse me of stealing $500.00 over a 10 year period and put me out of work. this time i understand bob is suspended
without pay, pending the outcome of a criminal investigation regarding mileage expense report. it was the spring of my senior year and the future was suddenly uncertain in the federal sector. and especially in the postal service, they have incredible mays of how to resolve problems. it's totally designed to take as long as possible israel, my mileage vouchers for 10 years, which route only came to 2 miles a day, 7 miles. wherever i went, that they had asked me to go plus the letters, hundreds and hundreds of letters from customers that i service over the years. and i'd never had a financial shortage. never took anything from the postal service. with us workplaces your presumed guilty until proven innocent workers are routinely
fired, suspended, held out, starved, and it is a disciplining tool on the part of management. most working class people can't sustain a, you know, a single paycheck much less several months of waiting for a grievance case to be heard by an arbitrator or through a grievance panel. as always, a fear you're not going to get the job back in many people give up and take the punishment as i've known, single mothers and single fathers that had to feed their families and took the deal and made it look like they were guilty of something they never did. what do they get that are they can find with trying to figure out now that you will get your job back with bobby bobby
far. what are you trying to do? he's trying to start with. yeah, i had one manager, many offices in some way, the best way to, to take care your employees, the by your best employee and find something he's doing wrong and get my water away . and i would say to myself, why in a world what i want to do that? well, they figured that if you wrote up your best employer, the other boys were for line thinking. well, the best guy in the office for some minor little detail. they want to intimidate everybody. ah, the working environment in the postal service is combative. now we're getting warning letters with checks out there in one is largely of fear and intimidation a
day because we're very getting. however, when you do that, so you feel you feel you feel the answer to everything is different from your voice or your be just because there's no reason why people will raise your world well with my neck with they always say one thing to promote somebody who does the opposite. when you say i've had particular managers who i've received hundreds of complaints on. i've had to go out to the post office. i've had a shit down and have a come to jesus meeting with that manager about what their responsibility is and how they should be treating their workers and united states congress and washington
post office and, and reams out the manager. you get a response. i mean, that's, it's unfortunate that bad, it has to happen, but, you know, sometimes that has to happen. and if you have a disagreeable, the bar you might be suspended. you might be called in for an investigative interview. you'll see audit team's miraculously showing up at your door or 5 o'clock in the morning to look through your records. initial one will block the $47.00 walks. also you're being disciplined. i was told to lay off back off. you don't want something to happen to you. if you go to a post office and they have 60 routes, they'll probably have enough personnel to operate 46 routes. they'll probably have enough vehicles for 43 routes and they'll be short on everything they need to run that office in that respect is hostile. it's own every little delivery number
you are answerable for every single day in your post office, like say on any given day on the street. it's not the same day to different 24 hours management doesn't allow for that because they're so focused on the binary code off the, off the numbers a when you allow for bankers at the time to loot that they've been doing. their business model is the cave $0.90 of every dollar they steal. they pay a small fine. that will trickle down trickle down, looting an area or 13 years later. and it's become, as you say, in san francisco. really the common for gangs to loot storms. but let's be honest, they are simply mimicking the bankers like jamie diamond and others who have made
that hub, glorified looting and glorified stealing and glorified money printing. oh, is your media a reflection of reality? in the world transformed what will make you feel safer? high selection, whole community. are you going the right way or are you being that somewhere? direct? what is true? what is faith? in the world corrupted, you need to descend a join us in the depths or remain in the shallows.
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