Mail carriers on the job despite sub-zero temps


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Mail carriers on the job despite sub-zero temps

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Jan 7, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 7, 2014

MILWAUKEE - Mail carriers have a unique feature to help them battle the cold.  The secret is in their uniforms.

The extreme cold isn't stopping letter carriers from doing their job. Eileen McGinley is used to being out in sub-zero temperatures. One thing that helps her do it is her goggles. They protect her eyes from the snow and wind. But letter carriers also wear snow boots, thick jackets, and of course, snow pants.

“This is all part of our uniform allowance that the carriers are able to purchase through our uniform allowance," says US Postal Service Customer Relations Coordinator, Leon Van Vooren.

He says it's not as bad as you think. The carriers do get cold, but moving helps a lot.

“We get a lot of sympathy from the customers. They feel so bad that the carriers are out there, but in reality, if you're bundled up correctly, it doesn't affect you as much," adds Van Vooren.

The veteran carrier admits he feels a little guilty that he's not out there delivering mail.

“This is my first winter that I’ve missed in 25 years, and I kind of miss it," adds Van Vooren.

The carriers have to take more breaks to warm up, but otherwise, it's business as usual.

“There's always been mail delivery. We will continue to deliver mail, even with the weather conditions," says Van Vooren.

All they ask is for a little courtesy from the homeowner. One thing that would really help them out is if you shovel your sidewalk, so they can get to your mailbox, and not have to walk through the snow.

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.