U.S. Postal Service employees in South Jersey have been forced to report for work after having close contact with coworkers who were sickened with the coronavirus, a union leader told NJ Advance Media.
The issues took place at small offices which usually have just a clerk and postmaster working, Frank Bollinger, the business agent for APWU South Jersey Areal Local 0526, which represents about 900 U.S. Postal Service employees, told NJ Advance Media.
In at least three local post offices within the South Jersey region, the postmaster was diagnosed with the coronavirus but the clerks were told not to quarantine, Bollinger said.
In one case, the postmaster came to work symptomatic for several days before testing positive. The clerk in that office was told she should remain at work.
After Bollinger brought the clerk’s concerns to Post Office leadership, he was told she shouldn’t need to quarantine because employees should have been practicing social distancing.