APWU At ODDS with USPS on DOT Changes

The APWU disagrees with the USPS on recent changes to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) physicals, and the establishment of a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a database administered by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). The Clearinghouse will contain information about violations of the FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing for CDL operators, which includes Postal CDL operators. The Clearinghouse procedures are required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

These disputes are examples of the problems encountered when the USPS contracts out responsibilities that should be performed by postal employees.

The union received notification of the changes for CDL employees in May 2020. The Postal Service contracted with Caduceus USA Medical Services (Caduceus) to replace multiple contracts they held with various medical providers. The USPS notified the APWU that they will schedule DOT physicals appointments through Caduceus. We challenged these changes as necessary subjects of bargaining prior to the decisions being made.

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