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e-Team Report, Sept. 18, 2015

Send the Message - Safety First!

09/18/2015 - Private postal subcontractors are seeking an exemption from a necessary federal safety rule. If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering public input on this exemption until September 21st.

APWU Web News Article 179-2015

Last Day to Comment!

Exemption Sought by Subcontractors Jeopardizes Road Safety

Union Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment

09/14/2015 -


Private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an
exemption from federal safety rules that prohibit commerical drivers from
operating a truck after more than 14 hours on duty following a 10-hour break.
Do we even need to explain why this is such a bad idea? 

APWU officers are renewing warnings about the dangers posed by sleep-deprived truck drivers and asking union members and the public to oppose a request by private subcontractors for an exemption from a federal safety rule. Comments must be submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by Sept. 21.

If granted, the exemption would permit private, commercial drivers hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service to operate trucks after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10-hours.

APWU Web News Article 171-2015

Subcontractors Seek Exemption that Threatens Safety on the Roads

APWU Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment

08/27/2015 - Imagine the danger posed by a sleep-deprived driver of an 18-wheel tractor-trailer – whether he’s on the highway or driving through your neighborhood.

Despite the hazard, private subcontractors that haul mail for the U.S. Postal Service are seeking an exemption from federal safety rules that prohibit commercial drivers from operating a truck after more than 14 hours on duty following a break of less than 10 hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking comments on the request, which must be submitted by Sept. 21.

APWU News Bulletin

Arbitrator Rules for Union In Major Attendance Case

02/03/2005 - An arbitrator has sustained the APWU’s arguments in two of three outstanding issues in a significant attendance case. In a ruling in late January, Arbitrator Shyam Das said that the Postal Service may not require an employee to describe the nature of an illness or injury during a phone call to report an absence from work. He also ruled that the USPS policy on second and third medical opinions is inconsistent with the Family & Medical Leave Act and the National Agreement.

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