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Sen. Brown Asks for Delay in Closing Dayton Postal Service Facility - Dayton Business Journal

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined 29 colleagues in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging the U.S. Postal Service to delay consolidation of up to 82 mail processing facilities nationally, including one in Dayton.

Mail Handler Fired Following Work-Related Injury at Postal Service: US Department of Labor Files Lawsuit on Employee’s Behalf for Wrongful Termination - Norwalk Reflector

A U.S. Postal Service mail handler was terminated after being transported to a medical facility for treatment of a workplace injury. The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service on behalf of the employee at the Sharonville facility. The lawsuit seeks restoration of lost pay and benefits totaling approximately $9,000. “The Postal Service terminated this employee for working unsafely, despite statements from co-workers and witnesses contradicting that story,” said Nick Walters, regional administrator or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Chicago. “No worker should be subject to such treatment. The department will do everything to prevent this type of unlawful retaliation.” The department’s lawsuit alleges that the employee emptied containers onto a conveyor belt for sorting and processing when the door on a container unexpectedly opened and hit the worker’s head. A supervisor brought the employee to a hospital for treatment and release. Five days later, the employee was terminated for allegedly working in an unsafe manner.