Western

AFL - CIO

Branch 2184

Wayne County, MI

Executive President's Report

May / June 2022

Summer Months

 

      Summer is quickly approaching; it is important to remember to take all the necessary breaks during the summer months and to stay hydrated. Don’t feel rushed or intimidated by management. Your safety is the most important thing to remember. Make sure you are utilizing a PS Form 3996 in the morning to inform your supervisor of what you believe will prevent you from completing your assignment in the time authorized by management (i.e., heat/weather). Always remember that the work that you do takes whatever time it takes to be safe and accurate as possible. Ask to see a steward if you feel management is asking you to work unsafely or is subjecting you to unsafe working conditions and file the appropriate grievances.

 

Here are a few tips to prevent heat related illnesses and fatalities:

 

  1. Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
  2. Rest in the shade to cool down.
  3. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  4. Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
  5. Keep an eye on fellow co-workers.
  6. “Easy does it” on your first days of working in the heat. You need to get used to it.

 

It’s Picnic Time

 

      We are back this year! Please make sure you and your family make plans to attend our annual branch picnic on June 26, 2022, from 12-6 p.m. We are in need for volunteers to set up, picnic activities and to clean up afterwards. If you would like to volunteer, please call the union hall, and let any officer know what time you would like to volunteer during the day. Together we can make our picnic a huge success!

 

2022 National Convention

 

      We have finalized the 72nd biennial convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers held on August 8th thru August 12th in Chicago Illinois. By now all Branch 2184 delegates should have received their letter from President McGregory with pertinent information on travel and lodging. All convention delegates are required to attend at least (2) of the workshops and seminars that’s scheduled prior to and after the Convention Business sessions. The delegates will be required to make a written or verbal report about the workshops attended. If any delegate has not received the information packet, please contact the branch and an officer will be able to assist you.

 

2022 K.I.M. Region Seminar

 

      The planning of the 2022 K.I.M training has begun. The K.I.M training will be held at the National Convention Center located in Covington, Kentucky October 8th thru October 10th. More information will be become available in months to come. President McGregory will be getting with each Branch 2184 Contract Enforcer to invite them to attend this great training event.

 

Expired Memo’s

 

      All the Covid 19 memo’s that had been extended through May 6, 2022, have expired. NALC has a compilation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and Postal Service polices, to help keep letter carries safe as possible. The following are a list of recommendations and policies that may change as the pandemic evolves.

 

Vaccination Are vaccines safe?

 

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and much safer than getting COVID-19. According to the CDC, the vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness and help limit the spread. They were developed using science that has been around for decades. If you are unvaccinated, the CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

 

Mask policy What is the mask policy?

 

      As of March 29, 2022, the Postal Service will no longer require any postal employee to wear a face covering while at work. All previous Postal Service face covering policies are rescinded. Employees may continue to voluntarily wear a mask or face covering if they choose.

 

When should social distancing be practiced?

 

      USPS Mandatory Stand-Up Talk Social distancing reminder, dated November 18, 2020, explains that social distancing must be observed whenever possible while on delivery routes, at retail counters, and within the postal workplace: in plants, on docks, and in lunch and break rooms. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact, within about 6 feet for a prolonged period – 15 minutes within a 24-hour period. Social distancing or maintaining 6 feet between yourself and others should be practiced whenever possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

Where can I find cleaning instructions and recommendations?

 

      On February 3, 2020, the USPS issued Maintenance Management Order (MMO-031-20) Influenza and Coronavirus Cleaning Contingency updating pre-COVID-19 cleaning instructions to follow the recommendations issued by the CDC, Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility. USPS COVID-19 Supervisor and Management Guidance instructs them to ensure the Postal facility is cleaned daily per MMO-031-20.

 

Contact tracing, exposure, and leave What is contact tracing?

 

 

      Contact tracing is a process to identify and isolate possible infections to limit the spread of COVID-19. A USPS Occupational Health Nurse Administrator (OHNA) or safety personnel will initiate a close contact investigation within 24 hours of notice of an employee testing positive for COVID-19. They will interview the employee regarding their movements and potential contact with co-workers. If you are contacted by the OHNA, provide the requested information, and follow their instructions.

 

 

-- Jacqueline McGregory

Executive Vice President