SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the union that represents U.S. Postal Service workers in Albuquerque say the postal facilities in New Mexico's largest city are in shambles, without enough employees to keep offices clean or ensure mail arrives in post office boxes on time.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports union representatives blame staffing cuts and a lack of capital improvements, saying the Arizona district that oversees New Mexico's operations gives short shrift to its neighbor.

Dan Huerta of the American Postal Workers Union Local 380 says New Mexico is getting nothing and that residents are being disrespected.

Union members reported mail has been delivered late, the offices are dingy, and a rat once scampered across the counter.

Regional Postal Service spokesman Rod Spurgeon called the safety of postal facilities paramount, saying he wasn't aware of any unaddressed maintenance issues.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,