The coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, originating in China, has now spread to over 65 countries including to the United States. The APWU is continuing to monitor the situation and is in constant contact with the USPS about COVID-19. The Postal Service informed the APWU on Feb. 29, 2020, that an employee tested positive for the virus.
Last week, the APWU initiated a meeting with USPS leadership to discuss their response to the virus. On March 2, APWU President Mark Dimondstein, Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, the Directors of the Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service, and Clerk Crafts, and the officers assigned to Article 14 met with the Postal Service and representatives of the other postal unions to discuss the Postal Service’s response and plans and the unions’ concerns and suggestions.
Postmaster General (PMG) Megan Brennan was present along with senior representatives of Labor Relations, Human Resources, the USPS Legal Department, and their incident preparedness team. PMG Brennan discussed with the unions what they are doing to help protect employees.
The Postal Service reported that they are working very closely with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services, and various state public health agencies around the country to address COVID-19.