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December 1997
Vol.1 No. 3 Page 6

Be Safe For Your Own Sake

by Gary Mills

Season's Greetings, Brother's & Sister's
of the Satchel.

As this year comes to a close I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.

This is a very busy time of year for all of us, both on and off the clock. There is precious little time to waste. Especially, with all the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays.

So, spend your time wisely and safely, with the emphasis on safely. The holiday preparations with your family, the Christmas mail volumes, working till dark, the weather, etc., all create a sense of "not enough time to get it all done".

This is the time to remind yourself that haste makes waste.

Try to keep in the forefront of your mind that if during your haste you get hurt while on the clock, that you are at fault in our "Zero Tolerance" Employer's eyes. No matter what the circumstances, management will declare your actions as an "unsafe act".

Those two words give management the license to add insult to your injury. I am specifically talking about discipline. Next Column

Once management has made the decision to issue discipline for your "unsafe act" there is no explanation sufficient to change its zero tolerant mind.

Management doesn't care about the fact that it was an accident. It doesn't care that you are hurting. It only cares about what it will say to its boss, so that person(s) can tell the next boss, and so on.

Once all the bosses are informed that the lowly employee has been punished then they can get on with the business of counting and collecting their bonuses.

So please do yourself and your family a big favor by taking the time it takes to be safe. Even the boss will benefit from you taking the time it takes to be safe. He will have less paperwork to do. So there you are, several good reasons to be safe. Yourself, your family, and your boss (okay, two out of three).

Gary Mills is the Steward in Rolla, MO for NALC Branch 343, an Associate Office merged with St. Louis, MO. Gary has been with the post office for 25 years, serving as NALC Steward for the past 7 of those years.

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