APWU: OSHA issues COVID-19 Vaccination Emergency Standard

November 4, 2021 In September, President Biden issued a directive to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. Today, OSHA released the highly anticipated ETS. This ETS does apply to the…

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First-Class Package Service standards implementation date to be announced after holidays

October 20, 2021 In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the delta variant’s effect on customers, the Postal Service will announce the implementation date for the revised First-Class Package Service standards after the holiday shipping season. The new service standards, announced in June, are designed to improve use of surface transportation, while decreasing reliance on…

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APWU: COVID MOUs and Liberal Leave Policy Extended until December 31

October 1, 2021 President Dimondstein signed extensions on the COVID MOUs late last night (September 30), through December 31, 2021. The liberal leave policy has also been extended (see letter below). The latest documents can be found below. They are also listed, together with the full archive of MOUs and other resources on the Covid-19…

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USPS: Emergency leave ends September 30

Emergency federal employee leave (EFEL) will no longer be available to Postal Service employees after Sept. 30. EFEL forms should not be used to cover any leave dates beyond this date. COVID-19-related absences after Sept. 30, and documentation to support such absences, must be addressed using the postal leave policies in effect at that time….

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USPS Statement on COVID-19 Vaccines

September 16, 2021 The health and safety of the Postal Service’s 650,000 employees who work every day to ensure that vital mail and packages are timely delivered to the American people, remains our highest priority. We will continue to take measures to protect the health and safety of our Postal workers that, given the critical…

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USPS: Revised Policy on Wearing Face Coverings

USPS – August 27, 2021 Effective immediately, all employees are required to wear face coverings in the following situations regardless of their vaccination status or until further notice: When there is a local, state or tribal face covering order or directive in place; or When an employee who does not deal directly with the public…

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APWU: Latest COVID MOUs and Liberal Leave Policy Extensions

APWU News Article – August 3, 2021 President Dimondstein signed extensions on the COVID MOUs today (August 3), through September 30, 2021. The liberal leave policy has also been extended (see letter below). The latest documents can be found below. They are also listed, together with the full archive of MOUs and other resources on…

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APWU COVID-19 Update to the Field

July 30, 2021 As part of the APWU’s continuing effort to promote the safety and well-being of APWU members and other postal employees, on July 26, President Dimondstein and Director of Industrial Relations Vance Zimmerman wrote to the field regarding the ongoing pandemic. Their letter noted APWU’s opposition to management’s unilateral change to the USPS…

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