09/15/2017 - Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman reminds APWU members to be aware of the USPS safety procedures when handling suspicious mail.
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About Safety and Health
The Industrial Relations Director is charged with responsibility for the health and safety of all divisions of the Union. Article 14 of the National Agreement requires management to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees covered by the agreement. To achieve this end, the contract provides for the establishment of joint safety and health committees at various levels throughout the Postal Service.
National-level Labor-Management Safety Committees
At the Headquarters level, there is a Joint Labor-Management Safety Committee and a Joint Labor-Management Ergonomics Committee.
Problems in the field should be directed to the APWU Regional Safety and Health Representatives.
The APWU is responsible for working to ensure that USPS management implements safety programs and policies that will protect workers; reviews new equipment for ergonomics and safety factors; keeps track of the latest developments that affect postal workers' health and safety--including new studies, regulations and standards; works to pass beneficial legislation in Congress and to stop harmful bills; and provides education and information to APWU members and locals.
Under Article 14 of the National Agreement, it is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force. The Union will cooperate with and assist management to live up to this responsibility.
Vance Zimmerman, Director of Industrial Relations, is responsible for safety and health for all divisions of the union.
Local Safety Committees
The collective bargaining agreement also provide for a Joint Labor-Management Safety and Health Committee at each postal installation having 50 or more employees. In installations having fewer than 50 employees, installation heads are encouraged to establish similar committees when requested by the Union. Where no safety and health committee exists, safety and health items may be placed on the agenda and discussed at labor-management meetings.
Below are some useful safety and health links. Note: the APWU is not responsible for the content of these sites.
News: Safety and Health
05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of the The American Postal Worker magazine.)
By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman
Your safety at work is a priority to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). We want you to come to a safe workplace and to return to your families each day, without injury. Sadly, you cannot rely 100 percent on the Postal Service to make sure you are protected and your workplace is free from hazardous conditions. It is each member’s responsibility to watch out for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of our union sisters and brothers.
04/28/2017 - Read more about the history of workplace safety. Reprint from May-June 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker
Before passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in December 1970, millions of Americans risked their lives every time they reported for duty – there were no national safety laws designed to protect workers across industries.
In 1970, groundbreaking legislation created the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for setting workplace safety and health regulations.
04/24/2017 - The labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day on April 28, to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job and to revitalize the fight for workplace safety.
Each year, thousands of workers die and millions more are injured or sickened from dangerous working conditions. Many employers routinely cut corners and violate the law.
Get the Facts
04/21/2017 - Earlier this year, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) was introduced by the 115th Congress.
A Monument to Victims is Unveiled
Fifteen years after their deaths from exposure to anthrax-laden mail, Joseph P. Curseen Jr. and Thomas L. Morris Jr. were remembered by their co-workers at a reflective and joyful ceremony on Oct. 21. A monument to the two APWU members was unveiled at the memorial outside the mail processing center that was renamed in their honor.
09/01/2016 - The APWU and USPS signed two important Step 4 settlements recently, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has announced.
Workers Exposed to Electrical, Chemical Hazards
08/04/2016 - On July 29, a post office located in Osceola, IA, was issued a fine of $44,000 for four serious and one repeated safety violations.
06/07/2016 - The University Station post office and sorting facility in Des Moines, IA was issued fine of $119,000 for two repeated and two serious OSHA citations on June 2.
05/06/2016 - The Richmond, VA, Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) is facing $120,000 fine for OSHA violations for exposing workers to the dangers of powered industrial equipment. On April 26, the facility received four repeat citations and one “other than serious” citation.