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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Handling mail amid coronavirus: Low risk but wash your hands

  Handling mail amid coronavirus: Low risk but wash your hands

"...Health experts say the risks are very low that COVID-19 will remain on envelopes or packages and infect anyone who handles them. They say, however, to avoid touching your face and wash your hands after handling any..."

Reference: www.inquirer.com  

USPS mail handler at a Cleveland distribution center tests positive for COVID-19

  USPS mail handler at a Cleveland distribution center tests positive for COVID-19

"...U.S. Postal Service confirmed Monday that a mail handler at one of its Cleveland Processing and Distribution Centers has recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, according to Naddia Dhalai, a communication specialist with the USPS...Both the CDC and the World Health Organizations said there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through mail..."

Reference: www.news5cleveland.com  

CDC Guidelines on Wearing Surgical Masks and N95 respirators

  Should we all wear face masks to fight coronavirus? CDC says no, guidelines remain unchanged

"...The current guidelines state that surgical masks and N95 respirators are not needed outside of healthcare settings, and there will be no change of that as hospitals and healthcare centers are quickly running out of personal protective equipment (PPE)..."

Reference: www.usatoday.com  

What are employers doing for their Coronavirus frontline workers? Here is one example

  What are employers doing for their Coronavirus frontline workers? Here is one example

"...Verizon Offers Enhanced Pay for Essential On-site Employees..."

Reference: yahoo.com  

UPDATE: The NPMHU Contract Ratification Vote Count Began Yesterday

  UPDATE: The NPMHU Contract Ratification Vote Count Began Yesterday

According to the NPMHU March 20 Contract Update, the delayed contract ratification vote count will resume on Monday, March 30, 2020: "The ballot verification and counting is now set to begin on Monday, March 30, 2020, one week later than previously announced, and it is expected to take the duration of the entire week or longer to finalize and certify"

Additionally, there have been numerous updates provided by the NPMHU national website. Please read here to update yourself:

Reference: NPMHU 317  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Three-dozen plus Postal Service employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

  With Dozens of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, USPS Launches New Measures to Protect Employees

"...To date, 40 postal workers have contracted the virus. Many more are home on mandatory quarantine as they may have come in contact with infected individuals ..."

Reference: www.govexec.com  

Monday, March 23, 2020

BALLOT COUNT DELAYED IN VIEW OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

This change is dictated by the need for social distancing



BALLOT COUNT DELAYED IN VIEW OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

2019 No. 12- March 19, 2020 (pdf)

2019 Contract Update #12

BALLOT COUNT DELAYED IN VIEW OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

**VOTING OPPORTUNITY EXTENDED**

Out of an abundence of caution, and in order to comply with local and federal health recommendations, the National Executive Board has made the decision to modify the election ratification procedures that were originally distributed in Contract Update #11 on February 10, 2020. The ballot verification and count was previously scheduled to occur on March 23, 2020. In view of the coronavirus pandemic and recommended preventative measures, it is not practical to conduct the ballot count at this time.

In order to provide a safe environment with appropriate social distancing, we will utilize less people, in a more expansive area, to conduct the verification and count. These safety measures mean that it will take significantly longer to conduct the verification and ballot count.

As previously reported, the balloting period shall extend for at least 30 days after the mailing of ballots. The ballots will be col-lected from the P.O. Office Box, verified, and counted beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the day chosen to begin the count. The Union has retained the American Arbitration Association to certify the ballot count.

The ballot verification and counting is now set to begin on Monday, March 30, 2020, one week later than previously announced, and it is expected to take the duration of the entire week or longer to finalize and certify.

The primary reason for this delay in completing the ballot count, even after it is started, is that the verification and count of ballots will be performed by fewer people, operating out of separate locations, but connecting with each other using telephone and internet connections, including video and/or camera connections. This change is dictated by the need for social distancing.

In the event that federal or local government health officials invoke additional restrictions or quarentines such as a lockdown or shelter in place order, the NEB could be forced to delay the count further as appropriate. All ballots received from eligible members during the extended voting period will be counted.

All Local Unions may still send observers to be present at the collection, verification, opening, and counting of the ballots. However, said observations will only be made available by video feed to the National Office



Reference: www.npmhu.org

 

CDC says coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after passengers left

  CDC says coronavirus RNA found in Princess Cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after passengers left

"...Coronavirus RNA survived for up to 17 days aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, living far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to new data published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...The RNA, the genetic material of the virus that causes COVID-19, “was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins..."

Reference: www.cnbc.com  

Thursday, March 12, 2020

APWU has a new arbitrated contract

  APWU has a new arbitrated contract

"...Increased Compensation – General Wage plus COLA Increases, Step Increases, PSE Wage Increases, Click here to read the full award..."

Reference: apwu.org  

Monday, March 2, 2020

Ratification Packet Error: MHA Rate at Level 4, Effective in November 2021 Lower Than Stated

  Ratification Packet: Error in MHA Rate at Level 4, Effective in November 2021

This memorandum is to inform all Local Unions of an error contained in the ratification materials relating to the tentative agreement to govern the terms of the 2019 National Agreement. In particular, those ratification materials incorrectly state that the MHA Level 4 wage rate will be $17.36 per hour effective in November 2021, the third year of the agreement, when that revised rate should be listed as $17.32. See 2-28-2020 memorandum (pdf)

Reference: www.npmhu.org  

Coronavirus reaches Federal Way as USPS employee tests positive

  Coronavirus reaches Federal Way as USPS employee tests positive

"...A U.S. Postal Service employee at a Federal Way distribution center has tested positive for the coronavirus. A USPS spokesperson confirmed with media that the employee works at the Seattle Network Distribution Center at 34301 9th Ave. S. in Federal Way..."

Reference: www.seattleweekly.com  

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