NLRB "Consent Orders" Decree:
10/19/2018 - Under Articles 17 and 31 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, management has the obligation to provide documentation when the union has requested it for the enforcement, administration, or interpretation of the contract. This includes information necessary to determine whether or not to file or to continue the processing of a grievance.
In a January 2010 letter, current Vice-President of Labor-Relations, Doug Tulino, wrote the following to all managers and supervisors:
Responding to Information Requests
When you receive a request for information from a union representative, you must act promptly after receiving the request. There is no specific statutory time target, but a good rule of thumb for routine requests is to respond within five days of receiving the request. Do not wait until you have all the information if some information can be supplied quickly, but other information will take much longer to provide. If you need assistance in responding to a request, immediately contact District Labor Relations for help. Do not ignore requests or assume that you can wait a week or tow to work on the request before responding.
If management does not provide the requested information, one tool you have at your disposal is to file charges against the Postal Service through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The NLRB has the authority to file contempt charges with the federal circuit courts against the Service if they fail to provide the information or do not comply with orders to provide information. When these cases are settled in court it is with “consent decrees” or “consent orders”.