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COVID-19 & What You Need to Know

Safety Information & News


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt far and wide, and changing information rapidly comes our way, NALC has compiled a repository of information available for letter carriers. For information on other safety and health issues, please visit the NALC's Safety and Health Page.


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Stand Up Talks

The USPS has made available the following Stand Up Talks (SUTs) links for your office:

January 24th-MSUT: Avoiding the Flu/Other Illnessess February 11th-MSUT: Flue and respitory diseases including novel corona virus March 16th- MSUT: Customer Interactions for Carriers March 18th-MSUT: Guidance on Social Gathering March 18th-MSUT: Keeping Your Vehicle Clean March 19th-MSUT: New Customer Signature Capture Process: COVID-19 Response/Prevention March 21st-MSUT: National Corona Virus guidelines mailing March 23rd-MSUT: Postal Service continuing normal operations March 26th-MSUT: Temporary Expanded Use of Voyager Card March 27th-MSUT: Government-Imposed Travel Restrictions March 28th-MSUT: Handling mail for temporarily closed businesses March 28th-MSUT: Interacting with HCR drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic March 30th-MSUT: Employee privacy - COVID-19 April 1st-MSUT: NALC Food Drive postponement April 2nd-MSUT: Taking leave during COVID-19 April 3rd-MSUT: COVID-19 supplies-purchasing updates April 3rd-MSUT: Interacting with VMF Personnel April 6th-MSUT: Additional CDC guidance April 21th-MSUT: Face covering and mask update April 23th-MSUT: Critical infrastructure delivery April 30th-MSUT: Handling mail for temporarily closed businesses May 18th-MSUT: COVID-19 test kits in the mail May 21th-MSUT: Supplier on-site COVID-19 procedures May 28th-MSUT: COVID-19 test-kits in the mail June 1th-MSUT: Essential Services During COVID-19 and Recent State and Local Civil Unrest July 2nd-MSUT: Proper use of Voyager cards July 8th-MSUT: COVID-19 test kits in the mail July 27th-MSUT: Hold Mail service reminders August 20th-MSUT: Face covering and mask update August 27th-MSUT: Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave October 14th-MSUT: Customer Signature Service October 30th-MSUT: Protecting everyone’s safety and wellness November 4th-MSUT: Keeping your vehicle clean November 17th-MSUT: Protecting everyone’s safety and wellness November 18th-MSUT: Social Distancing Reminder November 27th-MSUT: COVID-19 Symptoms and you November 30th-MSUT: Carrier Pickup – COVID-19 response and prevention December 7th-MSUT: Essential Service Provider Letter December 7th-MSUT: Essential Services Update December 16th-MSUT: Face covering and mask update December 29th-MSUT: Staying respectful January 7th, 2021-MSUT: COVID-19 vaccine availability January 20th, 2021-MSUT: Vaccine availability update Temporary Workplace Changes/Social Distancing Temporary Carrier Assistants Employee Rights

New Memos:

  • M-01937:

    January 22, 2021 – Settlement to national-level grievance Q11N-4Q-14270600 concerning whether the holiday schedule pecking order is applicable to the assignment of personnel to complete parcel delivery on holidays in installations that have Sunday parcel delivery.

  • M-01936:

    January 21, 2021 – Memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the implementation of settlement (M-01923) for the national-level grievance over the unilateral testing of Consolidated Casing (Q16N-4Q-C 19225372). The parties agree to extend the deadline referenced in Item 2 of M-01923 until March 1, 2021. The agreement clarifies that routes in each of the remaining 29 test sites will be returned to the original structure and configuration in place prior to the beginning of the test, including territory assigned to each route and lines of travel. However, the agreement allows the installation head and branch president, or their designees, to agree to changes or adjustments to the original structure or configuration of the routes with certain restrictions. It has also been agreed that a moratorium is placed on route inspections in all case consolidation test sites through March 1, 2021.

  • M-01935:

    December 18, 2020 – Due to the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the challenges posed by the 2020 peak season, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed that USPS may continue to employ holiday carrier assistants as operationally necessary through January 1, 2021. In certain locations affected by the January 2021, Georgia runoff election, USPS may continue to employ holiday carrier assistants until January 22, 2021. This MOU will expire January 22, 2021.

  • M-01934:

    December 22, 2020 – Due to the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed the local parties may mutually elect to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who did not, for whatever reason, sign the overtime lists during the two week period for doing so as outlined in Article 8.5.A of the National Agreement. This MOU will expire March 26, 2021.

  • M-01933:

    December 22, 2020 – Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a time limit extension for appealing grievances to Step B of the grievance-arbitration procedure, as well as to arbitration, beyond those time periods specified in the National Agreement. The additional time period will be effective December 31, 2020, and will continue until March 26, 2021.

  • M-01932:

    December 14, 2020 – As a result of the continued effects of the COVID-pandemic, five previous Memorandums of Understanding (M-01910 , M-01911, M-01913, M-01915, and M-01916) agreed upon by NALC and USPS have been extended through March 26, 2021.

  • M-01931:

    September 17, 2020 – Due to the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed the local parties may mutually elect to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who did not, for whatever reason, sign the overtime lists during the two week period for doing so as outlined in Article 8.5.A of the National Agreement. This MOU will expire December 31, 2020.

  • M-01930:

    September 17, 2020 – Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a time limit extension for appealing grievances to Step B of the grievance-arbitration procedure, as well as to arbitration, beyond those time periods specified in the National Agreement. The additional time period will be effective September 25, 2020, and will continue until December 31, 2020.

  • M-01929:

    September 15, 2020 – As a result of the continued effects of the COVID-pandemic, five previous Memorandums of Understanding (M-01910, M-01911, M-01913, M-01915, and M-01916) agreed upon by NALC and USPS have been extended through December 31, 2020.

  • M-01928:

    September 3, 2020 – Memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the agreement of the national parties to allow regular work force career employees covered by the USPS-NALC National Agreement to carry over 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2020 to leave year 2021. Provisions in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) regarding payment of accumulated leave are not changed as a result of this MOU, which expires December 31, 2021.

  • M-01927:

    August 31, 2020 – Settlement of national-level case Q16N-4Q-C 20345187 concerning the Postal Service’s implementation of a test of the delivery initiative entitled Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS). The parties agree that the ESAS pilot test is concluded and terminated as of August 19, 2020. Additionally, any future modifications or alternate applications to the Expedited Preferential Mail (EPM) Delivery Program, as outlined in Section 144 of Handbook M-39, Management of Delivery Services and Sections 223, 450, and 924 of Handbook M-41, City Delivery Carriers Duties and Responsibilities, will be subject to discussion through the City Delivery Task Force. Any grievance pending as of the date of this agreement at any step of the Dispute Resolution Process asserting the ESAS delivery initiative violated the collective bargaining agreement will be closed.

  • M-01926:

    July 13, 2020 – Due to the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed the local parties may mutually elect to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who did not, for whatever reason, sign the overtime lists during the two week period for doing so as outlined in Article 8.5.A of the National Agreement. This MOU will expire September 25, 2020.

  • M-01925:

    July 13, 2020 – Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a time limit extension for appealing grievances to Step B of the grievance-arbitration procedure, as well as to arbitration, beyond those time periods specified in the National Agreement. The additional time period will be effective July 15, 2020, and will continue until September 25, 2020. The parties at the local level are encouraged to discuss the potential need for any time limit extension for appeals to Informal Step A and Formal Step A, depending on their specific situation.

  • M-01924:

    July 8, 2020 – As a result of the continued effects of the COVID-pandemic, five previous Memorandums of Understanding (M-01910, M-01911, M-01913, M-01915, and M-01916) agreed upon by NALC and USPS have been extended through September 25th, 2020.

  • M-01923:

    June 3, 2020 – NALC and the Postal Service have settled national-level case Q16N-4Q-C 19225372 concerning the Postal Service’s unilateral testing of Consolidated Casing. As a result, half of the 62 test sites will be returned to their original route structure by July 31, 2020. The remaining 31 test sites will continue through November 27, 2020. The task force established by the memorandum of understanding, Re: City Delivery Task Force will begin analyzing data from the test sites by July 20, 2020, to determine its application to future testing. Absent joint agreement by the parties to either continue the test or to jointly conduct alternative testing in these sites, the test sites will be returned to their original route structure by January 22, 2021. Additionally, it is agreed there will be no further expansion of this Case Consolidation Test.

  • M-01922:

    May 19, 2020 – As a result of the continued effects of the COVID-pandemic, five previous Memorandums of Understanding (M-01910, M-01911, M-01913, M-01915, and M-01916) agreed upon by NALC and USPS have been extended through July 17, 2020.

  • M-01921:

    May 19, 2020 – Due to the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed the local parties may mutually elect to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who did not, for whatever reason, sign the overtime lists during the two week period for doing so as outlined in Article 8.5.A of the National Agreement. This MOU will expire July 15, 2020.

  • M-01920:

    May 19, 2020 – Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a time limit extension for appealing grievances to Step B of the grievance-arbitration procedure, as well as to arbitration, beyond those time periods specified in the National Agreement. The additional time period will be effective May 20, 2020, and will continue until July 15, 2020. The parties at the local level are encouraged to discuss the potential need for any time limit extension for appeals to Informal Step A and Formal Step A, depending on their specific situation.

  • M-01919:

    April 20, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parties agree that beginning on February 29, 2020, COVID-19 related absences will not be considered when reviewing the attendance record of employees requesting reassignment under the Transfers MOU.

  • M-01918:

    April 17, 2020 – Due to the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed the local parties may mutually elect to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who did not, for whatever reason, sign the overtime lists during the two week period for doing so as outlined in Article 8.5.A of the National Agreement. Any process agreed upon under the terms of this agreement does not terminate any local procedures agreed upon pursuant to the terms of several previous and current Memoranda of Understanding Re: Signing Overtime Lists. Additionally, any process agreed upon under the terms of this agreement will automatically be terminated upon the expiration of this MOU.

  • M-01917:

    April 15, 2020 – Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to an additional 30-day temporary time limit extension on Step B and arbitration appeals beyond the period agreed upon in M-01912. The parties agree that time limits for appealing grievances to Step B of the grievance-arbitration procedure and appeals to arbitration will be extended for a period of 30 days beyond those specified in the National Agreement. This agreement is effective April 20, 2020. The parties will revisit this issue immediately prior to May 20, 2020, to determine if an extension is appropriate.

  • M-01916:

    March 30, 2020 – NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which allows the Postal Service to employ Temporary Carrier Assistants (TCA’s) during the period between March 30, 2020, and May 27, 2020, as operationally necessary to replace city letter carriers absent due to COVID-19. The MOU includes restrictions about when TCA’s can be utilized in regard to current CCA’s and ODL employees. The Postal Service will provide NALC with reports on the number of temporary carrier assistants hired. With the signing of M-01922, this MOU was extended through July 17, 2020.

  • M-01915:

    March 30, 2020 – NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) implementing temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing amongst city letter carriers. The MOU commits the parties to limiting individuals to working in their employing facilities to the extent possible. The MOU also directs the local parties to immediately discuss potential scheduling and office setup changes such as staggered start times, scheduling letter carriers to begin tours in groups of 10 or less, the manner in which stand-up talks are given, break locations and times, etc. With the signing of M-01922, this MOU was extended through July 17, 2020.

  • M-01914:

    March 23, 2020 – Letter from Postal Service Vice President, Labor Relations Doug Tulino to the management in the field regarding recent agreements, leave policy and approval of requests for changes of schedule due to childcare needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • M-01913:

    March 23, 2020 – NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) instituting the use of Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 432.53, City Letter Carriers (7:01 Rule). A city letter carrier who actually works more than 7 hours but less than 8 hours of a regular scheduled day will, upon his/her request, be officially excused from the completion of the 8-hour tour and still credited with 8 hours of work time for pay purposes. Any hours not worked between the seventh and eighth hour of a regular scheduled day pursuant to ELM 432.53 are included in an employee's regular rate of pay pursuant to ELM 443.212.g. With the signing of M-01922, this MOU was extended through July 17, 2020.

  • M-01912:

    March 20, 2020 – Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a temporary time limit extension on Step B and arbitration appeals. The parties agree that time limits for appealing grievances to Step B of the grievance-arbitration procedure and appeals to arbitration will be extended for a period of 30 days beyond those specified in the National Agreement. This time limit extension only applies to grievances that would have been timely filed or appealed on or after the signature date of this agreement. The agreement expires on April 19, 2020, however the parties will revisit this issue immediately prior to that date to determine if an extension is appropriate.

  • M-01911:

    March 18, 2020 - NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) providing temporary additional paid leave for City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For 60 days beginning March 18, 2020, CCAs will be permitted to use up to 80 hours of paid leave for use in certain circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Leave used for the purposes described in detail in the MOU will be coded as TACS Code 086, Other Paid Leave.With the signing of M-01922, this MOU was extended through July 17, 2020.

  • M-01910:

    March 18, 2020 – NALC and the Postal Service have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) allowing a temporary expansion of sick leave for dependent care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For 60 days beginning March 18, 2020, employees may use sick leave for dependent care in the event they must care for a child as a result of daycare closures, school (Pre-K through Grade 12) closures, or the unavailability of a child’s primary caregiver as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MOU does not change the 80-hour-limit for this category of leave that may be used in any leave year. With the signing of M-01922, this MOU was extended through July 17, 2020.



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