Strike's over but woman still awaits delivery

August 26, 1997


Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - It has been 25 days since Andrea Pilatsky last saw her belongings, lost in the shuffle of the United Parcel Service strike.

UPS has assured Pilatsky that her packages will arrive this week.

"I've just had such an unpleasant experience. I want it to be over," said Pilatsky, 31, who just moved here from Phoenix.

Last week, the company couldn't find the three packages containing her clothes, medicine, towels, photos and other personal effects.

UPS says the boxes didn't leave Phoenix until last Wednesday, the day Teamsters drivers returned to work. They are supposed to arrive at her sister's house in Walkersville, Md., by Wednesday.


Meanwhile, her 20-month-old son Jonathan is banging on pots and pans because all his toys are in transit.

A more critical problem is a dwindling supply of asthma medication for her other son Joshua, 11.

She also is embroiled in a new battle of bureaucracy with state welfare agencies.

In the midst of all the frustration, Pilatsky did have some good news.

She has received an outpouring of support from the community since a Herald-Mail article detailed her situation.

A church in Boonsboro paid to have her car fixed. The 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity had broken down several times on the cross-country trip from Phoenix.

"That was a great act of kindness," said Pilatsky, who said she plans to repay the more than $200 bill when she can.

Pilatsky's mail carrier brought the housebound family groceries last week.

And Pat Reecher of Smithsburg is donating a backup breathing machine for Joshua.

The machine belonged to Reecher's late mother, who had emphysema.

Reecher, 60, said she was glad the machine could be put to good use.

Joshua is planning to take the machine to Boonsboro Elementary School, where he started as a fifth-grader Monday.

Pilatsky's biggest problem remains the welfare system.

She is on disability with a leg ailment, but there is a delay in transferring her case from Arizona that could last for weeks, she said.

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