WHY IT MATTERS

The Post Office is a dangerous place to work. In Fiscal Year 2018 alone, 23 employees died (almost double from 2017) on the job and 42,749 injury claims were approved.

WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR

Everyone has the right to leave work in one piece. Management has a legal and contractual obligation to provide a safe work environment. Postal workers are standing up together to educate each other and collectively demand a safe workplace.

'If we want a safe workplace, we have to work together to make it happen' - President Dimondstein

The Stand Up For Safe Jobs campaign was launched at the end of 2015 to empower postal workers to take control of our safety at work. Every year, thousand of postal workers are injured or sickened at work. Too many suffer fatalities. Everyone has the right to leave work in one piece.

Latest News

Latest news from the Stand Up for Safe Jobs campaign

May 1, 2019

APWU Honors Workers Memorial Day

On April 28, APWU members wore stickers to honor Workers Memorial Day. The stickers had a simple but strong message, ...

April 26, 2019

How to Participate in Workers Memorial Day

Each year on Workers Memorial Day (April 28), working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or...

April 5, 2019

Get Ready for Workers Memorial Day

  Each year on April 28 we observe Workers Memorial Day. It’s a day when working people throughout the world remember...

April 2, 2019

A Woman For All Seasons

(This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)  By Retirees...

Your Legal Rights

Know Your Contractual and Legal Rights

Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 14: Safety and Health:
“It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force.”

POSTAL HANDBOOK EL 814: Postal Employees Guide to Safety:
“The Postal Service is committed to providing its employees and customers with a safe and healthy environment and complying with applicable safety laws and regulations.”

POSTAL HANDBOOK EL 801:Supervisors Safety Handbook:
The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace free of recognized hazards and to follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Employers’ responsibilities also include providing training, medical examinations, and record keeping.

EMPLOYEE & LABOR RELATIONS MANUAL (ELM) – CHAPTER 8 Safety, Health, and Environment:
“The safety philosophy of the Postal Service is stated below:
a. Any occupational injury or illness can be prevented. This goal is realistic, not theoretical. Supervisors and managers have primary responsibility for the wellbeing of employees and must fully accept this principle.”

The Mission of OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
OSHA’s mission is to “Assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions.”

HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE:

Everyone has the right to leave work in one piece.

Management has a legal and contractual obligation to provide a safe work environment.

Download a PDF version of this and other fact sheets from the resources section.

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