About the Research and Education Department

The APWU Research & Education Department coordinates the union’s research and educational programs, and serves as a clearinghouse for information on labor studies. 

Alleviating Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(This article first appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on postal employees. Many are working longer hours with a reduced workforce and are required to listen to customer complaints about bad service and slow delivery of mail.

This, along with the loss of family members, close friends and/or co-workers can be stressful and overwhelming. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorder increased in the United States last year and that stress, substance abuse and mental illness are on the rise.

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