Good Evening, Joe!
Hope you are having a healthy and fun-filled Memorial Day Weekend.
I was just scanning the May 6, 2008 Indoor Air Quality Survey for Muskogee.)
It was mailed to the Union on May 13).
It calls for remediation of "suspect growth" (i.e., mold); removal
of water damaged wall debris in air supply ducts area of HVAC Unit # 9,
cleaning of that same unit's condensation coils and realign the outside
sprinklers away from the building.
Has that been done yet?
If so, please send me documentation to that effect and that the "suspect
growth" was removed "utilizing appropriate procedures/industry guidelines
established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 'Mold Remediation
in School and Commercial Buildings'', the New York City Department of Health
(NYCDH) 'Guidelines for Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor
Environments', and the American Conference of Government Industrial
hygienists' document, 'Bioaerosois: Assessment and Control'." (page 7 of
If the recommendations of the report have not been done, please consider
this a formal request pursuant to Article 9, Section 4 of the AFGE - SSA
National Agreement for an abatement plan.
The Article and Section requires that: "An abatement plan will be prepared
if the abatement of an unsafe or unhealthy working condition will not be
possible within 30 calendar days."
Has the Muskogee staff been notified?
If not, please let me know when such a staff meeting
will occur. The Union believes such a staff meeting is a formal discussion.
Will it be possible for SSA to have some one versed in OWCP matters to talk
to the staff at the meeting about what would be necessary for any Muskogee
employee to document and file for reimbursement of lost leave and medical
expenses for "job-related illness" such as respiratory infections /
worse-than-usual allergies resulting from the mold in the office?
Even if an employee had a pre-existing respiratory condition, that employee
may be entitled to OWCP if that condition was aggravated by job-related
conditions, such as this mold infestation. Please see, Article 34, Section
2.A. of the AFGE-SSA National Agreement states that "An employee with a
job-related injury/illness (including conditions aggravated by job-related
factors) may elect to be placed on sick or annual leave instead of leave
without pay, pending approval or disapproval of his/her compensation
There were nothing about wet debris or mold or anything out of the ordinary.
Ralph de Juliis, President
AFGE Local 2505