As we all are experiencing here and around the World COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I been gathering resources to better educate our membership and the public in the Tri-state area on valuable information on prevention, Company and Union Information I receive from Stand Up Talks from the USPS and Update Information from NALC Br. 294 President Tony Paolillo I receive on what to do if you or a loved one gets this horrible disease. Please follow all CDC guidelines, sterilize your home and workplace and avoid sites that give false truths. The sites I posted are from the actual sites that everyone should get their information from not Joe Loves America sites that put their own spins on things. If you have the symptoms as I posted on this page STAY HOME. Call your Family Doctor first and follow their instructions on self treatment and don't go to the Hospital cause they are already overwhelmed with serious cases. If it gets serious call your Family Doctor and the Hotline for instructions and then if it does become an emergency go to the Hospital or call an Ambulance. Please try to be healthy and safe, buy only essentials if you have to go out and Stay Home cause the less the public moves around the lower spread becomes and that lowers the curve so Hospitals can handle the load of serious and critical conditions. -Webmaster and USPS Mail Carrier Tom Ryan-
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at locations across the country, mostly through state or local governments, medical facilities, and pharmacies. For example, CVS Caremark is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations in thousands of CVS pharmacy locations around the country. No matter where you live, there is likely a CVS pharmacy near you. Getting vaccinated at CVS is fast and free for all letter carriers.
At CVS, the vaccination will come at no cost to you regardless of what health insurance plan you have, or even if you have no health insurance. To schedule a vaccination appointment at a CVS Pharmacy near you or for more information, click here.
You may also walk-in to CVS pharmacies to receive the vaccination without making an appointment. Please bring your insurance card or photo ID with you.
Through September 30, active letter carriers can use Employee Federal Emergency Leave (EFEL) to take off from work and get vaccinated. When requesting this leave, you need to submit a completed PS Form 3971, Request for or Notification of Absence and a COVID-19 Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL) Employee Notification and Leave Request Form. You will also need to submit a signed Employee Agreement in Connection with Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL) if this is your first use of EFEL. For more information on EFEL and for the forms mentioned above, click here.
Vaccinations are proven to be the most effective defense against COVID-19. Scheduling an appointment or receiving the vaccination only takes a few minutes, is free to all letter carriers, and does not require you to use your personal leave. If you have specific questions about vaccinations related to your individual health circumstances, please consult a healthcare professional.
By joint agreement (M-01958), several COVID related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through September 30, 2021. These memoranda include: temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care (M-01910); temporary use of the 7:01 rule (M-01913); temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing (M-01915); temporary use of TCAs (M-01916); and the suspension of MOU Re: Temporary Additional Paid Leave for CCAs (M-01941).
NALC and the Postal Service also agreed, to another temporary time limit extension on Step B and arbitration appeals (M-01960), and an agreement giving local parties the ability to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who previously did not, or could not, place their names on either the overtime desired list or work assignment list (M-01959). Both of these agreements will expire on September 30, 2021, as well.
Also extended through September 30, 2021, is a USPS memorandum (M-01914) which instructs managers and supervisors to allow liberal changes of schedule to accommodate employees who are dealing with childcare issues related to the pandemic. The memorandum also provides for liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) to the extent operationally feasible, treats COVID-19 related leave as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave, and directs that leave taken for COVID-19 related reasons during this time not be cited in discipline for failing to maintain an assigned schedule.
Each of the MOUs and the USPS directive can be found in NALC’s Materials Reference System on the NALC website.