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APWU files complaint against United States Postal Service

01.21.13

JANUARY 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

APWU files complaint against United States Postal Service

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 4th- The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 101 in Scranton filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the United States Postal Service (USPS) violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge was filed against the USPS on December 11th, 2012 and alleges the agency failed to provide requested information regarding the proposed convertion of the Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work currently being done at the Scranton Processing and Distribution Center to the designation of a Highway Contract Route (HCR). The work is currently being preformed by APWU members, however should the USPS convert the work to a HCR an outside contractor and their employees would preform it.

According to Kevin Gallagher, President of Local 101, PVS are USPS motor vehicle drivers that haul mail from the processing center in Scranton to post offices throughout Lackawanna County. Approximately 10 APWU members would be eliminated if the independent contractor is hired.

According to the ULP, since October 12th, 2012, the USPS failed to provide information which the Union requested in response to the proposal to convert PVS work stating the information is needed in order to evaluate the proposal as part of its representational responsibilities.

The complaint states the request for the information was sent to Don Hall, USPS Central Pennsylvania Transportation Manager on October 12th, 2012.

The ULP was filed on behalf of the APWU by Mr. Gallegher.

The request for information included factors why the USPS found it neccessary to make the change and the breakdown of the HCR contract cost.

Employees of the independent contractor, Nicholas Trucking Company, which currently already hauls some of the USPS mail in Northeastern Pennsylvania, are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Union requested the pay level of Nicholas Trucking Company and a copy of all factors considered in preparing cost estimate by the USPS.

The National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) Union and the APWU represent the majority of the USPS workers with a combined membership of nearly 410,000 workers.

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