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APWU Web News Article 98-2018

NLRB "Consent Orders" Decree:

USPS Must Respond to Requests for Information

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”.

APWU Web News Article 078-2015

NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

Complaint over Cyber Intrusion Would Set Precedent

04/08/2015 - In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach. The incident, which was revealed to the union and employees in mid-November, compromised the personal information of hundreds of thousands of current and former postal employees. 

As a result of the cyber intrusion, employees’ Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and injury claim information were accessed from postal data systems over a period of months.  In response, the Postal Service decided unilaterally to offer employees just one year of free credit reporting.

APWU Web News Article 123-2008

Whose Policy Is It?

USPS Still Embraces Shipping Franchise That Offends

12/16/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has posed a straightforward question to Postmaster General John E. Potter regarding the Postal Service’s decision to designate a shipping franchise with an offensive name as a participant in the USPS Approved Shipper program:

Does the decision to embrace the term “Goin’ Postal” reflect the policy of the Postmaster General or is it an example of bureaucratic bungling by his subordinates?

APWU Web News Article 28-2008

Federal Court Dismisses APWU Suit

Union Vows to Challenge USPS Secrecy in Other Forums

04/02/2008 - A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit by the APWU and the Consumer Alliance for Postal Services (CAPS), which sought access to the meetings and records of the Postal Service’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC).

The APWU suit alleges that by excluding representatives of individuals and small businesses, MTAC violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires the federal government to give the public access to the meetings and minutes of agency advisory committees. MTAC is composed exclusively of high-ranking USPS officials and representatives of large mailers, and portions of its activities are closed to public scrutiny.

APWU Web News Article 48-2007

APWU Sues USPS, Advisory Committee For Conducting Policy-Making in Secret

06/06/2007 - The APWU, together with an organization representing a coalition of consumers and nonprofit mailers, has filed a suit challenging secret policy-making by a Postal Service advisory committee.

The panel, the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, is made up of trade associations that represent large business mailers. Co-chaired by major mailer representatives and postal officials, MTAC — acting through “work groups” — commissions studies and makes recommendations to senior USPS management on postal operations, postal rates, and postal regulations.