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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.

External Links

Below are some useful safety and health links. Note: the APWU is not responsible for the content of these sites.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

American Red Cross

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of Labor (DOL)

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Academy of Sciences

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

National Library of Medicine

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Safety and Health Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

United States Postal Service (USPS)

World Health Organization


News: Safety and Health

APWU Web News Article 205-2015

‘Stand Up for Safe Jobs’ Campaign Underway

10/29/2015 - Last year, more than 36,000 postal workers were injured or sickened at work and at least 10 suffered fatalities.

“Here’s the simple truth,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. wrote in a letter to local and state presidents and national officers. “If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen.”

The letter accompanied copies of Fact Sheet #1, Know Your Contractual and Legal Rights, the first informational piece created for the union’s Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign. It outlines management’s obligation to create a safe work environment.

APWU News Bulletin

It Could Be a Matter of Life and Death

Ramping Up for Safety Campaign

10/05/2015 - Declaring that “there are far too many serious safety problems at post offices and facilities,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. are calling on union members across the country to launch a Safety Awareness and Enforcement Campaign in mid-October. “Even the Postal Regulatory Commission recently reported that USPS management failed to meet its performance goal to ‘Ensure a Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce,’” they wrote in a letter to local and state presidents. The Aug. 28 letter called on local unions, state organizations and Contract Action Teams (CATs) to enhance safety education among union members and take the necessary steps to ensure that unhealthy and unsafe conditions are corrected.


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Moving Forward on the Contract, Safety and Health

09/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the September-October 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The APWU participated in mediation on our contract throughout the summer, in sessions that were frequently contentious. We were candid and forthright throughout the process. 

Although mediation utilizes the services of professionals who specialize in resolving disputes, we realize that ultimately, mediation requires a voluntary agreement.

For that reason, throughout the mediation process, we have been preparing for the possibility that our contract dispute will be resolved through Interest Arbitration. Those efforts continue.

APWU Web News Article 077-2015

Workers Memorial Day is April 28

04/07/2015 - The labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day on Tues. April 28, to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job and to revitalize the fight for workplace safety.

Workers Memorial Day coincides with the anniversary of passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH) more than 40 years ago, which promises every worker the right to safe working conditions.

APWU News Bulletin

Contract Town Hall Call: April 6

03/30/2015 - APWU members are invited to join APWU President Mark Dimondstein for a live Contract Town Hall Call on Monday, April 6. This will be the third such call.

We will discuss our fight to win a good contract for union members while we fight for a vibrant, public Postal Service for the people of the country.

There are two options: 12 p.m. EDT and 8 p.m. EDT. The call is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.To participate, you must register online by 6 p.m. EDT, April 5. At your selected time, you will receive a call from the APWU. All you have to do is answer your phone!

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APWU Web News Article 217-2014

911 Call Delayed Up to 50 Minutes; Employee Dies

APWU Demands Info on Emergency Procedures

11/24/2014 - Oakland California - Samuel Macasieb, operating a letter sorting machine

Director of Industrial Relations Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has asked the Postal Service to explain its protocols for providing emergency medical assistance after learning that a Bay Area postal employee lay dying for as much as 50 minutes before 911 was called. The incident, which occurred in August, came to light in November, when the local NBC television affiliate aired a detailed expose of situation.