05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of the The American Postal Worker magazine.)
By Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman
Your safety at work is a priority to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). We want you to come to a safe workplace and to return to your families each day, without injury. Sadly, you cannot rely 100 percent on the Postal Service to make sure you are protected and your workplace is free from hazardous conditions. It is each member’s responsibility to watch out for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of our union sisters and brothers.
04/28/2017 - Read more about the history of workplace safety. Reprint from May-June 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker
Before passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in December 1970, millions of Americans risked their lives every time they reported for duty – there were no national safety laws designed to protect workers across industries.
In 1970, groundbreaking legislation created the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for setting workplace safety and health regulations.
Fifteen years after their deaths from exposure to anthrax-laden mail, Joseph P. Curseen Jr. and Thomas L. Morris Jr. were remembered by their co-workers at a reflective and joyful ceremony on Oct. 21. A monument to the two APWU members was unveiled at the memorial outside the mail processing center that was renamed in their honor.
05/06/2016 - The Richmond, VA, Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) is facing $120,000 fine for OSHA violations for exposing workers to the dangers of powered industrial equipment. On April 26, the facility received four repeat citations and one “other than serious” citation.
(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
APWU member Nadia Assad was fatally struck by a van driven by a co-worker as she walked through the employee parking lot to the Dominick V. Daniels Processing and Distribution Center in Kearney, NJ, on March 23 – and the New York Metro Area Local is demanding action and accountability.