PostalMag.com has received the following report from a USPS employee in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on January 7th, 2020. The earthquake has been followed by more than 80 aftershocks, with a major aftershock occurring on January 11th.
“Good Morning, I am writing on behalf of all USPS employees working here in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has been and keeps on being damaged and hurting from earthquakes that have been occuring lately. There are Postal facilities that have been completely destroyed and (or) severely damaged. There is a facility in the south that fell completely and in the west at the Mayaguez USPS post office they are making the employees work at a facility that has asbestos in the air, lead paint and cracks in the walls caused by the earthquakes. Caribbean district manager L### ##### is the one obligating these employees to work under these conditions. This facility was closed and we were told that we couldn’t work at that building when the earthquake first happened. Because the local town government couldn’t supply a new building, presumably free of cost, DM L### ##### told PM A## ###### that all employee that work at the Mayaguez MPO have to report there. Union Representatives and employees asked for certification that the facility was in safe condition, but management said they didn’t have it. The building hasn’t been certified yet. Management is also obligating employees to work on Sundays without any supervision. These employees are alone and with no contingency plans established. There are also employees that have lost their homes and living spaces. We just want our story of the facts to be told. We are having hard times in Puerto Rico, as employees and as civilians. The people of Puerto Rico are hurting, suffering and are nervous and afraid. Photos are from a post office in the south of Puerto Rico.”
Puerto Rico Earthquake Post Office Damage Photos