About the Human Relations Department

There’s more to being a progressive union than achieving and enforcing a contract — and that’s where the Human Relations Department comes in.  Our programs and benefits inspire members to participate in the union and give them a sense of inclusion, contribution, and ownership.

Return to Work Responsibility

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

To help injured employees return to suitable employment, the Postal Service may request medical progress reports. Form CA-17 is generally used for this purpose but is not required. Preexisting disabilities, workrelated or otherwise, are factored into job offers and therefore should be included.

These reports may be requested at reasonable intervals – generally every 30 days for employees with temporary medical restrictions unless otherwise indicated by the physician, and annually once disabilities are deemed permanent. An earlier request is permitted when a change in condition is suspected.

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