there is a LOT of unspoken rules at that postal service.Why? They just deliver the mail. I hardly think my postman is a political activist.
they absolutely hate individualism.
i refused to join the union, i made my own uniforms (one of the big things they hit you with is: YOU CAN'T BUY POSTAL GEAR UNTIL YOU BECOME A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE, SO YOU HAVE TO JOIN THE UNION SO YOU CAN WEAR PEOPLE'S OLD UNIFORMS, so i just bought some patches on ebay and sewed them onto blue shirts. they *hated* it)
during training, i couldn't figure out the guy i went out with would ask me every thirty minutes if i needed to go pee.
then i found out it's part of the union contract that they cannot limit your bathroom breaks.
i also literally watched a guy drive with the pen on the dashboard. if the pen moved, he was going too fast.
they count how fast you walk, and they use that as a determining factor for who gets what route.
you get paid by the hour, not by the number of deliveries.
thus, the old people that can literally barely walk get paid the same as the younger people who are working at 3x the speed.
then they fire you because you walk too fast, take too many steps per minute, make your own uniforms, and don't join the union.
it's extremely political. i have no doubt many of the union meetings discuss who to vote for.