On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the union signed two memoranda of understanding with the Postal Service temporarily expanding paid leave for PSEs and expanding the use of dependent care leave for postal employees with unexpected childcare needs as a result of the pandemic.
The Temporary Expanded Sick Leave for Dependent Care During COVID-19 MOU:
Allows APWU employees to 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 will expire May 17, 2020, after 60 days.
The Temporary Additional Paid Leave for PSEs MOU:
For the 60-day duration of the MOU, Postal Support Employees (PSEs) will be permitted to use up to 80 hours of paid leave for use in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic for the circumstances listed in the MOU.
The additional 80-hour allotment or any remaining leave balance at the end of the 60-day period will be forfeited. However, the parties will revisit this issue immediately prior to this MOU's expiration to determine if extension is appropriate.
The MOU will expire May 17, 2020 after 60 days.