Congresswoman Cheri Bustos helped deliver the mail, and she was delivered an earful from constituents as a result.
Bustos spent the afternoon in Galesburg Monday, where she shadowed a local postal worker as part of what she calls “Cheri on Shift” where she visits and works alongside employees in various industries.
Bustos acknowledges that the Postal Service is in dire financial straits right now, but tells WGIL they need to be able to be a viable entity as much as counterparts UPS and FedEx are.
“I believe that the Postal Service ought to be able to compete on a commercial basis,” Bustos said, “where [the Postal Service] ought to be able to try some new enterprises. They’re willing to do that; they’re willing to be able to take that on. You, in a sense, have some innovate practices that can make the Postal Service profitable.”
Bustos says she supports the post office and letter carriers union, and she also supports six-days-a-week mail delivery — something she says is important to rural areas.
Bustos also heard concerns from constituents along the downtown Galesburg mail route she followed — one of the bigger concerns being about health care reform.