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Thursday, April 9, 2020

The watch lists has reached 457 total employees, 50 are on mandatory quarantine, 302 are self-quarantined.  105 employees have returned to work. 

There are 9 confirmed positive cases.

You should begin to notice a change in hand sanitizer distribution.  District Manager Hardin is adamant that employees be provided every supply needed to protect against the virus.  In some installations the bottles were kept in the cage for distribution. 

Hand Sanitizer is NOT an accountable item.

Any direction to the contrary should be addressed immediately, if necesary, call the hall for assistance.


Saturday, April 11, 2020

In observance of the Easter Holiday weekend,  there will be no Briefing  /  Telecoms today. 

Updates will resume on Monday, April 13, 2020.


Friday, April 10, 2020

The watch list has 357 total employees,  51 are under mandatory quarantine, 306 are self-quarantined.  121 employees have returned to work.  The log has reached 479 employees.

There are now 10 confirmed cases, and 1 presumed, a 2nd employee in Bradenton Main Office. 

The DPS volume has decreased 22.7% for the week.  Stamp cancellations have recognized a 5.79% decrease, total parcels have increased 46% in the District.

We currently have 5 active grievances addressing the uses of the 7:01 rule.  If anyone is getting push back for requesting 7:01 time please call the hall for advice.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The watch list has 405 total employees, 63 are on mandatory quarantine, 281 are self-quarantined.  68 employees have returned to work.

There are now 8 confirmed positive, 1 presumptive positive.  Bradenton Annex and Orlando Gore Street Station have been added to the list.

Starting tomorrow, submit any questions that arise before 10 AM to President Henschen.  This should expedite answers.

Employees have a right to say to customers:  "Please respect the 6 foot rule recommended by the CDC.  I will answer any questions I can but from a distance, thanks."


Monday, April 6, 2020

The Suncoast watch list has 366 total employees, 44 are on mandatory quarantine and 202 are self-quarantined.  There are 7 confirmed cases and 1 presumptive case.

The National numbers are:  4,420 are under mandatory quarantine, 1,275 are self-quarantined.  294 Postal Employees have  been confirmed with the virus.

There are concerns about the privacy of employees.  No one should speculate or share information about coworkers.  Anyone overheard doing so should be asked to stop.

The issue about the Social Distancing Memo from 3/30/20 and how it relates to CCAs working in multiple pay locations or installations and having to travel and work in unfamiliar neighborhoods has been raised by President Henschen with the District and 2 Postmasters.  More information will be provided as the discussion continues in the coming days.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The watch list had 429 total employees, which includes the employees that have returned to work.  Currently there are 349 on the watch list, 57 under mandatory quarantine, 286 are self-quarantined. 80 have returned to work. 

There are 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The union has been asked to review with employees that expectations still exist regarding Soial Media posts in a manner that reflects favorably on the Post Office.  Posts should remain tasteful.

As the USPS has issued a liberal leave policy for employees during this pandemic, including child care , expanded FMLA and additional sick leave, this will obviously result in staffing issues in most offices.  Mandatory overtime issues are compounded due to vacancies in units.  You may begin to see additional assistance coming into your offices. The union has requested that consideration be made to limit the number of offices each flexible employee is assigned to reduce the number of employees in contact with each other.

Please call the hall if you have questions.