NALC – Several COVID-19 Related MOUs Extended Until Early August

By joint agreement (M-01951), several COVID-19 related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through August 6, 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-01953), 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-01952). Both of these agreements will expire on August 6, 2021, as well.

Also extended through August 6, 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.


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The Covid leave is nothing but complete bullshit! No wonder the company is failing, the majority of facilities are running on skeleton crews.

In our office we have people abusing the covid leave and also the Fmla leave. We are always struggling to cover routes and fill vacancies. Only a few more months left and I will be done dealing with this insanity.

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