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Postal Service Union files complaint against employer

04.09.10

APRIL 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Postal Service Union files complaint against employer

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 24th- The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 175 in Wilkes-Barre has filed a second complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia alleging the United States Postal Service (USPS) violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

Local 175 filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against the USPS in September 2009 alleging the employer violated the NLRAct.

The complaint alleges the Employer refused to provide information requested by the Union after management unilaterally instituted a new polcy of charging the Union for necessary requests for information.

The requests were made as part of an ongoing set of current grievancse in process that are both safety and constractural in nature. The merit of the grievances is specified in the United States Postal Service handbooks.

Local 175 filed a ULP on March 18th, 2010 alleging the USPS violated Section 8(a)(3) and 8(a)(5) of the NLRAct. The newspaper discovered the Unfair Labor Practice charge while reviewing complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB office. The newspaper is the only member of the media in Northeastern Pennsylvania that routinely reviews ULP’s and representation petitions.

The complaint states on or about February 12th, 2010 the Employer, which provides mail service, has restricted Local 175 President John Kishel from engaging necessary Union activities during work hours, “including but not limited to communications with bargaining unit employees as to their rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and as to whether grievances should be filed, investigation of factural matters to determine whether grievances should be filed, the preparation, filing and processing of grievances and other matters necessary for the administration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the preformance of the Union’s duties as exclusive bargaining representative,” states the complaint.

The Union also alleges the USPS has further violated the NLRAct by reneging on an agreement to extend limits of the grievance procedure for the processing of grievances and by refusing to provide information to Local 175 after repeated requests were made for its production.

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