By Industrial Relations Director Charlie Cash – April 25, 2022
As a reminder, the COVID-19 MOUs were extended on March 22, 2022 up through May 6, 2022. Along with the MOUs, the Liberal Leave Policy and the agreement the Postal Service would not cite any COVID related absences during an employee’s probationary period in a probationary separation. When the extensions were sent out to the field, former Director Vance Zimmerman sent the following in an email to the field (emphasis added):
Please see the attached extension of the COVID MOUs and Liberal Leave Policy through May 6, 2022.
Management has put the APWU on notice that from their perspective, this will be the last extension. That being said, the APWU will continue to monitor COVID-19 for any future spreading, or any new variant. We continue to encourage wearing your masks and all that are able to become full vaccinated including and needed boosters.
Additionally, it should be noted Clerk Division Director Lamont Brooks secured an extension on the Bulk Mail Tech and Mailing Requirement Clerk Position MOU through May 6, 2022 as well.
As May 6, 2022, draws nearer, additional information will be provided related to the MOUs as it develops. Links to the various extensions are below:
COVID-19 MOU Extensions through May 6, 2022
Liberal Leave Policy Extension through May 6, 2022
Probationary Exception Language
Bulk Mail Tech and Mailing Requirement Clerk Position Qualification