NPMHU: USPS to Cease Operations of COVID Command Center

May 3, 2022 During the last 2 years the NPMHU and the USPS negotiated a series of MOUs to address COVID-19 and the impact that it had on all postal employees. These MOUs included the following: SLDC-Childcare Additional MHA Leave Temporary MHA Exception Periods Transfer MOU-COVID-19 Step 3/Arbitration Extensions A Liberal Leave Policy was also…

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APWU: Reminder – COVID-19 MOUs Extensions end May 6, 2022

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…

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USPS: Employees can now work without masks

March 31, 2022 The Postal Service has updated its face coverings policy: Effective March 29, the organization no longer requires any employee to wear a face covering while at work. Because the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is continuing to decline across the nation, many state, local and tribal jurisdictions have revised their pandemic mitigation…

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USPS Rescinds Face Covering Requirement

From: Bennett, Amy L – Portland, OR <amy.l.bennett@usps.gov> Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Subject: Updated NO MASK policy Good morning, Effective immediately, the Postal Service will no longer require any postal employee to wear a face covering while at work. All previous Postal Service face covering policies are rescinded. Employees may continue to voluntarily wear…

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USPS: OPM directs FEHB plans to cover COVID-19 test kits 

February 23, 2022 The Office of Personnel Management has directed Federal Employees Health Benefits Program plans to offer expanded coverage for over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits. This coverage must be provided without adding any cost-sharing requirements or prior authorization. In addition, plans are required to reimburse out-of-network costs up to $12 per test. Plans have the…

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APWU: USPS has 14 million KN95 masks on hand

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Date: 2/9/22 Subject: KN-95 Masks Last week in our meeting with management regarding COVID-19, we were informed that the Postal Service has 14 million KN95s on hand. Local management can request these KN95s for employee use. It might be a good idea to ask your local management to requests these. Please…

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APWU: Extension of Probation Language for Career and Non-Career Employees

From: Vance Zimmerman <vzimmerman@apwu.org> Sent: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Subject: Updated Probation Language Please send out this version. Please see the attached email extending the protection for employees in their first 90 or 120 days from separations related to COVID-19 absences. Please disseminate. Vance Zimmerman Industrial Relations Director American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO 1300 L…

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USPS: Employees must adhere to current face coverings policy

February 7, 2022 The Postal Service is reminding employees and contractors to adhere to the organization’s current face covering policy during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the policy, all employees and contractors who interact with the public — regardless of vaccination status — must wear face coverings when there is a state, local or tribal directive…

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