Postal Employee Cooks Steak on His Dashboard in the Summertime Heat

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By on August 6, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments

A Postal employee cooked a steak on the dashboard of his delivery truck in Arizona in an effort to draw attention to how hot his truck gets in the summertime heat.

He sent the pictures to Arizona state representative Shawnna Bolick (R-AZ 20) who published them in a letter she sent to Mark Dimonstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union, wanting to know what the union was doing to improve Postal employees’ working conditions.

The steak started off partially thawed and was ultimately cooked to an internal temperature of 142 degrees, or a perfect medium, over a roughly 2.5 hour period.

“One of your workers resides in my district and has sent me daily updates along with photographs illustrating on a digital thermometer how hot his mail truck gets during the afternoon. Over the past several weeks, his mail delivery truck has averaged about 128 degrees Fahrenheit inside his vehicle. This past weekend he conducted an experiment and cooked a steak to an internal temperature of medium (142 degrees) not fully thawed at 10am on his dashboard from 10am until 12:30pm,” wrote Bolick.

“I would like to know what your organization is doing to improve your employee’s working conditions. I implore you to review any safety or incident reports that have been filed and hold necessary hearings to help improve the working conditions of your members because right now they are inhumane.”

Photos Showing the Progression of Cooking the Steak

These are the photos the Postal employee took and shared with Bolick illustrating the progression of the process he apparently used to cook the steak in his truck.

Partially thawed steak in a plastic sandwich bag starting to be cooked on Postal employee's truck dashboard Steak in a plastic sandwich bag showing signs of being slightly cooked on Postal employee's truck dashboard next to a timecard reading 11 AM
Steak in a plastic sandwich bag showing signs of being slightly cooked on Postal employee's truck dashboard next to a timecard reading 12 PM Steak in a plastic sandwich bag inside of a mail bin looking even more cooked with a meat thermometer inside of it in Postal employee's truck next to a timecard reading 12 PM and 142 degrees
Steak in a plastic sandwich bag inside of a mail bin looking even more cooked with a meat thermometer inside of it in a Postal employee's truck next to a timecard reading 12:30 PM and 142 degrees Image of the fully cooked steak by the Postal employee from his truck cut in half on a cutting board appearing to show a perfect medium temperature on the inside

A copy of Bolick’s letter is included below.

Bolick Letter Re: Postal Working Conditions

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