01/16/2019 - (This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By MVS Division Director Michael O. Foster
In a significant change to Department of Transportation (DOT) rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revision to the policy on insulin dependent diabetics operating Commercial Motor Vehicles, 49 CFR Part 391 [Docket No. FMCSA -2005-23151].
01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
By Motor Vehicle Service Craft Directors
On Feb. 26, 1995, the Postal Service informed the APWU that to be consistent with the trucking industry and its own contract drivers, USPS would voluntarily mirror DOT requirements covering physicals for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) employees, including the issuance of a medical card and drug and alcohol testing. The federal government is exempt from Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, under 49 CFR 390.3(f)(2).
07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)
The APWU is challenging recent management changes to physical testing and licensing procedures for Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs) on a number of fronts. All of the changes were made without any notification or discussion with the union at the national level.
01/10/2015 - The APWU has received clarification from the Postal Service regarding who qualifies as a “medical officer” with authority to sign Department of Transportation health cards for postal employees with Commercial Driver’s Licenses. The APWU sought clarification of management’s policy in an Oct. 23, 2014, letter, which noted, “It seems practice varies by location.”