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Mailhandlers Union amends charge filed against the United States Postal Service in Lehigh Valley

09.26.08

October 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Mailhandlers Union amends charge filed against the United States Postal Service in Lehigh Valley

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

LEHIGH VALLEY, September 17th- The National Postal Mailhandlers Union (NPMHU) Lehigh Valley Branch amended their complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four in Philadelphia against the United States Postal Service (USPS) Lehigh Valley facility, that alleges the postal service violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

The newspaper exclusively reported in the August edition, the union filed a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the NLRB on July 1st, 2008 alleging the NLRAct was violated at the employers mail processing plant located on Commerce Way in Bethlehem.

The complaint, obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, stated between March 8th, 2008 through June 6th, 2008 and many dates in between, management attempted to direct the Union in its choice of Shop Stewards. The union alleges the USPS violated Section 8(a), subsections (1) and subsections 8(a)2, and 8(a)3 of the NLRAct.

The NPMHU alleges in the complaint management has discriminated against a Shop Steward by issuing excessive discipline and wrongful removel, the same Shop Steward that they had asked the Union not to use.

The amended complaint states, “Between the dates of March 20th, 2008 through June 25th, 2008 management has discriminated against Shop Steward Isabel Sandoval by issuing excessive discipline to her. Management has refused to bargain in good faith. The Employer has refused to provide needed information numerous times.”

The July 1st compliant stated, “Management has refused to bargain in good faith. They have refused to allow interviews necessary to the investigation of this discipline. They have refused and/or delayed information needed for grievances. Management at several levels have met and conferred over discipline for this Shop Steward while maintaining that each was making their own independent evaluation of discipline.”

The employer representative named on both the July 1st complaint and the amended ULP is Neil Heller, identified as the Plant Manager of the USPS, Lehigh Valley facility. The union representative that filed the complaint is Pamela Baum, identified as the NPMHU Contract Administrator Manager, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Under NLRB rules, after receiving a charge the agency will conduct a investigation into whether there is merit in the complaint.

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