NALC: USPS revises face covering policy

July 20, 2021 On July 16, the Postal Service unilaterally issued a revised face covering policy for employees. Under the revised policy, fully vaccinated employees are not required to wear face coverings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), people are considered fully vaccinated…

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APWU objects to Unilateral Update to USPS Mask Policy

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Friday, July 16, 2021 Subject: Unilateral Update to USPS Mask Policy Deputy Postmaster General Tulino put out the attached policy. It states in the policy: “This policy update has been shared with the leadership of our national unions and other stakeholders.” There were discussions with the APWU. However, we objected…

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APWU: COLA Updates for FERS, CSRS, SS and FECA

FERS COLA After the second quarter of 2021, the third quarter for the 2022 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has increased by 4.1%. The 2022 FERS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2021 over the 2020 third quarter average. However, if the CPI-W quarterly…

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Postal Bulletin highlights prevention of heat illnesses

Rising temperatures can put employees at risk for heat illnesses. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat illnesses such as heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke may occur. Symptoms range from mild and easily correctable to severe and life- threatening. High temperatures and humidity, direct sun or heat,…

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USPS OIG Property Condition Reviews – Ohio 

Background The North Royalton, Willoughby, and Jesse C. Owens Post Offices are in the Ohio 1 District. The Postal Service is required to maintain a safe and healthy environment for both employees and customers in accordance with its internal policies and procedures and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety laws. Our objective was to…

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OSHA proposes $236,783 in fines for USPS workplace safety violations in Lehigh Valley

DOL News Release – June 17, 2021 US POSTAL SERVICE FAILED TO PREVENT BLOCKED, OBSTRUCTED EXITS, OTHER SAFETY VIOLATIONS AT LEHIGH VALLEY FACILITY BETHLEHEM, PA – A federal workplace safety inspection of a U.S. Postal Service location in Hanover Township found employees exposed to potentially serious and fatal injuries in the event of an emergency….

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USPS OIG Property Condition Reviews – Massachusetts 

Background The Cochituate, Winchester, and John F. Kennedy Post Offices are in the Massachusetts-Rhode Island District. The Postal Service is required to maintain a safe and healthy environment for both employees and customers in accordance with its internal policies and procedures and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety laws. Our objective was to determine…

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USPS: Video promotes Dog Bite Awareness Week

  The Postal Service is promoting its National Dog Bite Awareness Week with an animated video that includes safety tips for canine owners. More than 5,800 dog bite incidents occurred last year, often when unrestrained dogs viewed letter carriers delivering mail as a threat. These incidents are preventable when dog owners are vigilant and leash…

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