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Mailhandlers Union files several complaints against USPS

01.13.11

JANUARY 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Mailhandlers Union files several complaints against USPS

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, December 9th- The National Postal Mailhandlers Union (NPMHU) Local 308, South Commerce Way in Lehigh Valley, filed several labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia against the United States Postal Service (USPS) alleging the mail delivery service violated the National Labor Realtions Act (NLRAct).

The newspaper recenlty reviewed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges filed at the NLRB and found Local 308 filed three complaints against the USPS during a three day period.

On November 30th, the Union filed a ULP alleging the Employer violated the NLRAct by not providing requested information involving a grievance. “The Union has requested information on several subjects necessary for either the continuance of a grievance or the determining of whether we have a grievance. We have not received an explanation for the delays nor the requested information. Several requests have been submitted more than 1 or even 2 times,” states the ULP.

The complaint was filed on behalf on the Union by Pamela Baum, identified on the ULP as Chief Shop Steward. The company representative indentified on the complaint to be contacted is Brian Stewart, the Plant Manager and Brian Kelso, In-Plant Support.

On December 1st, Local 308 filed a ULP alleging the Employer violated the NLRAct when the Union requested information regarding Lehigh Valley Supervisors attendance and discipline issued. “Plant Manager Brian Stewart has marked a request for information “disapproved.” This was a request for a copy of Supervisors attendance and discipline issued. This is needed because the Union believes the T-1 Supervisors are holding Mailhandlers to a much higher standard than the Lehigh Valley Supervisors. We have ongoing grievances for which this is needed,” states the ULP.

The ULP was filed on behald of the Union by member Joseph Jacubowsky of Bath. The company representative indentified on the complaint to be contacted is also Brian Stewart, the Plant Manager.

The third complaint was filed on December 2nd and alleges the USPS has withheld information needed for the continuance of several grievances.

According to the ULP, the Employer has failed to provide requested information regarding grievances dating back as far as October 20th, 2010.

“The Union has requested information on several subjects necessary for either the continuance of a grievance or the determining of whether we have a grievance. We have not received an explantation for the delays nor the requested information,” stated that complaint.

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