Postal Service requests dispensation from Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The United States Postal Service has asked the Labor Inspectorate for “temporary relief” from the administration’s vaccination mandate for organizations with more than 100 workers.

“The postal service’s request for additional time to implement [mandate] is directly related to our critical and unique role in American life, ”said a letter to OSHA on January 4 from Doug A. Tulino, Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Human Resources Officer.

The USPS provided a copy of the letter to The Washington Times.

Sir. Tulino’s letter stated that the agency is in the middle of its “peak season”, a period running from mid-October to January, a period he called “our busiest and most challenging time of the year” and not just because of the holiday packages .

The postal service also provides “critical items such as government bonds, COVID-19 tests and medicines. In addition, mail and parcel delivery allow the American people to spend more time safely at home instead of frequenting crowded indoor establishments, which is a public health benefit.” he said.

A quasi-state-owned company established in 1971, the postal service employs nearly 650,000 workers in 30,000 locations across the country.

The agency said it lacked sufficient staff to comply with the requirements of the vaccine mandate, particularly in terms of registration and compliance with the eight collective agreements that the USPS has with various unions.

“The postal service is seeking temporary relief because it wants to ensure that its ability to deliver mail and parcels is not hampered in the midst of current disruptions in the country’s supply chain,” a USPS statement said.

The agency also requested “a provisional order that would allow the organization to continue using its current COVID-19 remediation policies and protocols while the temporary relief request is being decided.”

The Biden administration mandate on Nov. 5 has been challenged in federal district courts across the country, and the Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments about lawsuits seeking to overturn the mandate on Friday, Jan. 7.

On Monday, Judge Reed O’Connor of the District Court of the Northern District of Texas barred the Department of Defense from taking action against Navy SEALs and others seeking religious exemptions from the department’s vaccine mandate.

The Times has contacted two of the USPS’s labor organizations, the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, for comment on the agency’s request for an exemption.

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