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July 24, 2020 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 07/24/20

Friday Message – July 24, 2020

With the ever-changing landscape when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure that you are staying on top of the regulations in your area.    It is imperative that you and the employees that work with you stay in compliance with the latest regulations for your state, commonwealth, or community that you are living and working in.   Make sure that if masks are required that you have them available and monitor the employee’s compliance.

Here at the national office we have been working with Postal Service to address the issue of adding a closure for lunch in offices that do not currently close.   Make sure that you are on top of this situation, as well.    Follow the guidelines from your district and if you feel based on the WOS information and your knowledge of the community that it really is not feasible to close for lunch because of customer traffic, be sure to work that up through your MPOO.  Your MPOO should then take the issue to the district so hopefully you can reach a compromise.    This is one of those situations in the USPS that cannot be one size fits all.   There needs to be some leeway on this requirement, and we need to do what is best for our customers.   If you are having issues with this change, please contact your chapter president so that they can work with the district, as well.

As I talked about last week, we continue to see very high temperatures throughout the country.   Again, make sure your employees are aware of the signs of heat related illnesses and that they know what to do if they feel that they are affected by the heat.   DO NOT hesitate to call 911 if you feel it is necessary.    It is much better to err on the side of caution than it is to let a situation reach a critical stage and then have it escalate to something far worse.    Many times we feel that we can just work through a situation and we will feel better.    It is far more prudent to get checked out and avoid what could be a catastrophic situation.  

We are hearing from the field that the districts are pushing hard to get your rural route inspections and 3999’s done on your rural and city routes.   In some cases, you are being told that you should follow the carrier in your privately owned vehicle (POV) and use either a paper form, or a DCD to do those inspections.   First of all, you cannot be required to use your POV when on duty unless you have obtained the additional insurance coverage that is available through eBuy.    Also, if you do not feel safe in whatever situation you are in when it comes to getting these inspections done make sure that you are voicing your opinion, in writing, first to your manager and then to your chapter president so that they can take the issue to the District to work out a solution.    Remember, that your safety and the safety of your employees are the utmost concerns at all times.    Do not put yourself, or the carrier you are inspecting, into a situation that could well lead to an accident.   These inspections are not worth that.

As always make sure that you stay safe, keep your employees safe and follow the rules and if there are anomalies in your offices, make sure you are reporting those to your manager!     

Thank you, stay safe and healthy and have a good week!
Dan Heins

UPMA National President