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1.2016; recently, line management has implemented some sought of employee rotations at the FSS. As I had previously stated, this union had filed a safety & health complaint, and asked the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) to evaluate the health hazards at the FSS, similar arguments for the Flat Sorter Machines. The request for evaluation concerned repetitive motion and prolonged standing at sorting machines which studies have shown that prolong standing results in; muscle fatigue, neck, shoulder, and back discomfort and pain.
Reading those reports they all indicate that prolong standing on a regular basis can cause sore feet, swelling of the legs, varicose veins, general muscular fatigue, and low back pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and other health problems. NIOSH recommendations were, in part;
• Provide sit/stand stools at workstations for certain postal operations.
Jonas snow storm 12 noon on Saturday 1.23.2015 through 8am on Sunday 1.24.2015 Mid Island was closed. I believe administrative leave was given during that time frame. However, the union is looking to extend those hours based upon the quantity of employee’s unable to report to work in addition to the Service’s time line.
15522 Tour one; in this issue the Service made an announcement over the public address system asking for after tour overtime, however, certain mail handlers at the time of the announcement already left for the day. Union had argued that the Service fail to follow LMOU L-9 by announcing the overtime late, and thereby bypassing certain employees. Issue resolved and eligible mail handlers will be provided 2-hours of overtime make-up.
15542 Tour one; in this issue the union argued that a clerk was performing mail handler work; Issue resolved and that the applicable mail handler shall receive 90 minutes of overtime pay.
15545 Tour one; in this issue the Service error by permitting a mail handler assistant to fall into or work overtime, thereby bypassing the before tour OTDL; Issue resolved where an eligible mail handler on the before tour OTDL shall receive 3 hours of overtime pay.
15438 Tour one; (again) in this issue the Service error by... [Read More]
The enclosed pre-arbitration settlement dated, 11.5.2015 local number  provides tour three employees with an additional administrative pay. If you recall, the storm named Juno effected Long Island during the periods of Monday 1.26 thru Tuesday 1.27.2015. Because of the severity of the storm the Service granted administrative leave on Monday 1.26.2015 starting at 6pm to Tuesday 1.27.2015 ending at 6pm. The union disagreed with the time frame and filed a grievance. The issue was resolved where administrative leave was expanded to; 12 noon on Monday 1.26 to 9pm on Tuesday 1.27.2015. Applicable tour three employees will soon see additional monies in the pay check.