September 30, 2022

Post Office requests delay of vaccine mandate to avoid ‘catastrophic service’

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has requested a temporary delay from President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, expressing concern of “catastrophic service” failures if forced to comply by the current deadline.

Deputy Postmaster General Douglas Tulino said in a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that USPS could lose many employees if forced to comply.

“Given our essential role to the nation, particularly during these challenging times, we believe that it is critical to avoid disruption to our vital operations,” Tulino wrote. “For that reason, we are seeking temporary relief from the ETS and maintenance of the status quo on an interim basis.”

“While the impact to our service could be devastating at any time of year, requiring the Postal Service to absorb what could inevitably be a dramatic loss of employees at a time when the labor market is extremely tight and in the middle of the Postal Service’s Peak Season would have a potentially catastrophic impact on our ability to provide service to the American public when demand is at its highest,” Tulino added.

The current OSHA deadline is Jan. 10.

The request is one of many requests for waivers or lawsuits against the Biden administration regarding the vaccine mandate as many believe the requirement is an unconstitutional government overreach.

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