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National Association of Letter Carriers Union Branch 162 files Unfair Labor Charge against Postal Service

08.13.08

August 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

National Association of Letter Carriers Union Branch 162 files Unfair Labor Charge against Postal Service

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsswb@aol.com

PITTSTON, August 1st- The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union Branch 162 have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the United States Postal Service (USPS) alleging the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

On July 1st, 2008, Branch 162 in Pittston, filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Charge with the NLRB Region Four in Philadelphia alleging USPS Postmaster Walter Shumlas violated the NLRAct.

According to the complaint, obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, the union alleges on July 10th, Postal Carrier Jeff Wojcik was scheduled to take an in-house exam for possible advancement in Harrisburg at 1 pm and was approved 8 hours annual leave.

The ULP states Mr. Shumlas called Mr. Wojcik and told him the exam was cancelled and report for work. However, he was later marked a no show for the exam.

The charge alleges Postmaster Shumlas was unreasonable and caused an unacceptable level of stress on Mr. Wojcik.

The union believes Mr. Shumlas lied to Mr. Wojcik about the cancelling of the exam causing him to resign because he did not have an opportunity to advance in the Postal system.

The charge states the carrier was considered a great worker by all and had a great deal of respect from his fellow workers. The union contends Management violated the collective bargaining agreement by its various actions in preventing Jeff Wojcik from taking the in-house postal exam and rescinding its approval of his annual leave request.

“Our intention is to enforce that every employee at every level of the Postal Service be treated at all times with dignity, respect, and fairness. Those who do not respect thses rights should not be tolerated. Along with this charge the Union has filed a grievance against this practice in an effort to prevent a reoccurence and have a more productive workplace,” states the NALC in the complaint.

The charge was filed by Erica Kuratnick, President of Branch 162 which represents approximately 85 mail delivery employees at the USPS Pittston Post Office.

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