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In 2014, more than 36,000 postal workers were injured or sickened at work. At least 10 suffered fatalities.

Here’s the simple truth: If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen.

Please join this important effort. A safe workplace must be the right of every worker!  

Check out the fact sheets and the other material linked here to learn more. 

 

News: Safe Jobs

APWU Web News Article 29-2019

How to Participate in Workers Memorial Day

04/26/2019 - Each year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace.

Virtually every safety and health protection on the books today exists because union workers fought together to win them, the most notable being the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

On April 28, 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act became effective and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed. Since the law was passed, significantly fewer workers have been killed on the job each year; however, there is still a long way to go. Right now, the federal government is reversing safety regulations and slashing resources for safety enforcement.

APWU Web News Article 23-2019

Get Ready for Workers Memorial Day

04/05/2019 -  

Each year on April 28 we observe Workers Memorial Day. It’s a day when working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace. This year we are standing united against ongoing attacks on workers’ rights and protections. Click here to order Workers Memorial Day material for your local or state organization and Stand Up for Safe Jobs!

 

Stand Up for Safe Jobs

Your Rights after an OSHA Inspection

04/02/2019 - (This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

Any employee has the right to file a complaint with OSHA about hazards and unsafe working conditions at the Post Office. If you file a complaint be sure to inform your local union. There are very specific procedures and timelines that must be followed during the inspection and post-inspection periods. Your local will have the ability to help see that the process is followed as it meant to be.

If a complaint was filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and they come and do an inspection in your office, your local union has rights!

Attacks on Federal Workers

11/05/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

Recently our sisters and brothers who work for other federal agencies had their collective bargaining rights attacked. In a series of Executive Orders, President Trump forced agencies to re-write collective bargaining agreements under new guidelines. 

APWU Web News Article 101-2018

Urgent Safety Alert

10/24/2018 - Breaking news: It has just been reported that explosive devices have been sent through the mail addressed to a number of high-profile individuals and corporate entities...

We urge all our members to be alert and vigilant to protect your safety and well-being and that of your co-workers and the public.

The APWU leadership is in constant touch with top postal management as these disturbing events unfold. As more information comes to light we will keep you updated.

Stand Up for Safe Jobs

10/02/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman 

“It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force.”

This is how Article 14 of our Collective Bargaining agreement with the Postal Service begins. That one sentence is very powerful and tells all of us that the highest-ranking postal manager – the Postmaster General – recognizes that ultimately it is their responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

You may hear supervisors and managers say that safety is “everyone’s responsibility” or that every accident is “preventable.” But how often do you hear that safety is every worker’s right?

APWU Web News Article 39-2018

Stand Up for Safe Jobs on Workers Memorial Day

04/23/2018 -

Each year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and recommit to the struggle for a safe workplace. 

The Post Office is a dangerous place to work. In Fiscal Year 2017 alone, 12 postal employees died on the job and 42,594 injury claims were approved. 

This Workers Memorial Day, we call for an end to the unnecessary injuries and deaths of our brothers and sisters. We push for action by – and increased protections for – all workers. Report safety hazards in the workplace and let’s hold management accountable to fix them. 

APWU Web News Article 28-2018

USPS Safety Ambassador Program

03/16/2018 - The APWU was informed on October 26, 2017 of the Postal Service’s intent to roll out a new program called the Safety Ambassador Program. The Postal Service intends to replace the safety captain program, and any other local safety programs, with this “standardized” and nationally controlled program. The American Postal Workers Union does not support, agree with, or endorse this program.

 

Renew the Fight for Safe Jobs

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman

We all know and enjoy our holiday – Labor Day. But did you know that there is another day that honors the workers of the world? It is celebrated on April 28 of each year, and it is Workers Memorial Day. This day honors and remembers those who have suffered from injuries, occupational illnesses and died while on the job. This day is also the day we renew the fight for safe jobs.

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