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NALC Branch 17 files complaint against Postal Service

09.18.12

SEPTEMBER 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

NALC Branch 17 files complaint against Postal Service

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 16th- The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 17 Union in Scranton, which represents mail delivery workers of the United States Postal Service (USPS), filed a labor complaint alleging the agency violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge was filed by the labor organization against the USPS at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia and alleges the mail delivery service violated Section 8 (a), subsection (1) and (5) of the NLRAct.

According to the ULP, which was discovered by the newspaper while reviewing representation petitions and labor complaints filed at the NLRB office, NALC Branch 17 Financial Secretary Walter Sanko filed the complaint on behalf of the Union. The Union News is the only member of the local media that reviews the information.

“Since on or about March 20th, 2012, the United States Postal Service has violated the National Labor Relations Act by failing/refusing to provide information which the Union requested is necessary for processing and/or consideration of grievances and/or contract maintenance,” states the labor complaint.

The number of workers Branch 17 represents is not identified on the complaint. Branch 17 represents NALC members throughout Lackawanna County including Scranton. Branch 115 represents USPS mail delivery workers in Luzerne County including Wilkes-Barre.

The complaint was filed against the USPS facility on Stafford Avenue in South Scranton. The employer representative identified on the ULP to be contacted is Valerie Noga, Acting Postmaster.

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