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Safety and Health


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Stand Up for Safe Jobs!

 


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

Stand Up for Safe Jobs! Campaign Underway

01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

In 2014, 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 announcing the campaign. “If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen.”

Looking Back, Going Forward After a Year of Progress

01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Welcome to 2016! I trust all members had a safe and prosperous holiday period.

As we begin 2016, I would like to share a short review of the progress we made in 2015. The Industrial Relations Department has been successful in many areas and will continue to advance the desires and needs of the membership going forward in 2016. My department will continue to work hard, while we continue to fight for a Collective Bargaining Agreement the members can live with.

APWU Web News Article 223-2015

‘Stand Up for Safe Jobs’ Campaign Gains Momentum

11/30/2015 - The APWU’s Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign is gaining momentum!

Across the country locals have been placing a renewed emphasis on workers’ right to a safe workplace and have been distributing fact sheets outlining those rights.

The latest is Fact Sheet #3, Can It Hurt Me? Can It Make Me Sick? It focuses on how workers can identify workplace hazards and some of the steps union members can take to eliminate them.

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.

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