APWU: Urgent Safety Alert about Mail Bombs

10/24/2018 – Breaking news: It has just been reported that explosive devices have been sent through the mail addressed to a number of high-profile individuals and corporate entities. APWU leaders condemn such criminal acts. Our members are rightfully deeply concerned for their own well being and that of the public we serve. In response to…

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APWU appeals USPS Safety Ambassador Program to arbitration

Web News Article #: 28-2018 03/16/2018 – The APWU was informed on October 26, 2017 of the Postal Service’s intent to roll out a new program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The Postal Service intends to replace the safety captain program, and any other local safety programs, with this “standardized” and nationally controlled program. The…

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NALC: Redesigned Heat Safety Tool app released (updated)

June 20, 2017 The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have collaborated to update OSHA’s original Heat Safety Tool app for smartphones. The updated app, available for both Android and iPhone, provides a clearer user interface while still providing the same information to help keep employees…

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OSHA fines USPS $178K after inspectors find workers exposed to safety hazards at Merrifield P&DC

Employer name: U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center Inspection site: 8409 Lee Hwy, Merrifield, Virginia Citations issued: On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to the postal service for three repeat and two serious safety violations, including one issued as a violation of the OSH…

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Iowa postal facility exposes workers to mold, electrical hazards from unrepaired water leak

OSHA News Release – October 6, 2016 Employer name: U.S. Postal Service, 116 Oak St., Moorhead, Iowa Citations issued: March 24, 2016 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Des Moines Area Office cited the postal facility for one repeated and four serious safety violations. The citations follow an October…

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APWU: In the Dog Days of Summer Drivers Want Air

Web News Article #: 151-2016 07/25/2016 – With temperatures soaring, many Motor Vehicle Service Craft employees have complained about management’s failure to maintain functioning air conditioning systems in their trucks – and the APWU has addressed those complaints at the national level, Craft Director Michael O. Foster reports. “The timely repair of air conditioning has…

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USPS OIG Report: The Postal Service’s Handling of OWCP Claim Forms

Background In fiscal years (FY) 2014 and 2015, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) provided over $1 billion in annual workers’ compensation benefits to U.S. Postal Service workers for personal injury, disease, or death sustained while working. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) administers the FECA for the Postal…

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