APWU says shortage of custodians to blame for bats and rats in post office

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Local APWU union leaders complain about a lack of custodians and cleaning supplies lead to serious animal infestation and disease.  The article illustrates confirmed stories of bat and rat infestations.  It also details MRSA and salmonella in facilities.

Union leaders at an Albuquerque post office said that what’s happening at the post office and processing plant is a disaster waiting to happen.

Sinking floors, cracks in the walls, and rats are just a few of the concerns.

“It’s just unbelievable the situation that we find ourselves in,” said Daniel Diaz-Huerta with the American Postal Workers Union. “We had another incident at the main office about a month ago and last Thursday I was in the North Valley carrier annex speaking to an employee who found rodent feces.”

The union also claims an employee, who is tasked with delivering live chickens, contracted salmonella.

They say it happened because the building’s ventilation isn’t adequate.

The American Postal Workers Union claims more bats have infested Albuquerque’s main post office on Broadway.

The union shared video and a picture of a bat in the post office last week.

Now, the union says the building is being sealed so the bats can find their way out, but not back in.

The union also claims an employee, who is tasked with delivering live chickens, contracted salmonella.

In a related story Federal agency investigates MRSA outbreak in Oshkosh, WI post office more safety issue exist in other postal facilities.

“In February 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a union request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) at a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facility located at 1025 West 20th Street in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The union was concerned that several employees had been diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cellulitis. The union believed these skin conditions may be related to a change in cleaning procedures at this USPS facility in 2018.”

Following the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigation an union employee from Ohkosh received the following response from Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Baldwin-to-USPS-7.17.19

In the words of the late Moe Biller a highly esteemed APWU National President from the past “The struggle continues.” Unfortunately, in not as successful terms under current APWU National President Mark Dimondstein who for the last six years has ran the departments responsible for work room safety on a shoestring budget in order to fund political activities outside of post office walls. The APWU does not employ an Industrial Hygienist and hasn’t since Dimondstein first took office.

Health and safety programs are administered under the control of the Director of Industrial Relations. That person is Vance Zimmerman. He has held that position since November of 2016 when there was a conspired effort to replace the previous Director of Industrial Relations, Tony D. McKinnon Sr by Mr. DImondstein and Mr. Zimmerman.

Currently the APWU is in their national election cycle and the former Director of Industrial Relations Tony D. McKinnon Sr. is in a four-way race for the APWU National Presidency. Mr. McKinnon who was forced to operate the Department of Industrial Relations with greatly reduced human and financial resources made the following statement:

“The APWU leadership refuses to staff the Safety Dept with an Industrial Hygienist since 2013 election. As such safety has become a catch phrase and not a priority.”

Tony McKinnon is a founding member of the APWU Workers For Change a loose knit group of like minded postal workers and candidates for national office.  The APWU Workers For Change are committed to issues which include hours, wages and working conditions for postal workers.  Health and safety are an important part of their election campaign and movement as a whole.

Learn more about this situation from our source KOB 4 in Albuquerque, NM

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