Postal employees complain of poor COVID-19 precautions, lack of contact tracing

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For example: “The station and the automobiles haven’t been cleaned and sanitized. Bleach spray bottles have been supplied at one time however the staff weren’t supplied materials to wipe down surfaces and the bottles have since damaged,” a June criticism from Houston reads. “Staff within the automobiles don’t have hand sanitizer or one other technique to cleanse fingers whereas away from the station.”

Or in Smithtown, New York: “the air con has not been working correctly for the final 3-4 weeks (blowing 81 levels on the vent) which has made working within the constructing uncomfortable and could also be contributing to staff not desirous to [wear] their masks.”

Staff say they aren’t knowledgeable when individuals they’ve labored immediately with check constructive for COVID-19.

They need to’ve instructed anyone who labored with him, ‘You must go dwelling.’ What’s it going to take, any individual to die within the constructing earlier than they take it significantly?” a St. Paul, Minnesota, postal employee instructed ProPublica. 

”They’ve the occupational nurse doing the contact tracing, however typically there’s no contact with the employee. And a few managers don’t report [the case] to the monitoring. Some managers inform individuals, ‘You don’t sound sick, come to work,’” the American Postal Staff Union’s Omar Gonzalez mentioned.

The danger to employees turns into a threat to democracy as properly if too many employees are sick or quarantined when ballots must be delivered. Greater than 8% of postal employees have needed to take day off associated to the pandemic, and in some areas of the nation, vital numbers of employees could also be out at any given time, probably compounding the harm being deliberately performed by postmaster normal and Trump toady Louis DeJoy.

It’s unconscionable to threat the lives of any employees, however when it’s partly taking place due to a partisan conflict on the group the place they work—as a result of the group has been weakened, left with out assets, compelled to manage not simply with the challenges of the pandemic however with its personal management’s assaults on well timed service—it’s particularly disgusting.