APWU seeks clarification on Military Surveys

From: Lynn Pallas-Barber <lpallas@apwu.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:05 PM
To: NBAs, Regional Coordinators, National Officers
Subject: Notification No. GCCC202001667 USPS to Ask Employees With Military Experience to Complete Military Survey
Importance: High

Brothers and Sisters,

Please find attached a copy of a notification asking veteran employees and/or their spouses to complete a military survey. The notification was received by us on 4/17/20. Some the information in the letter and notification documents is conflicting and incomplete. I have asked for clarification and the missing page(s) have not received a response from postal management as of today.

  • The completion of the self-identification survey is voluntary
  • The survey is available year round
  • The attached Stand-Up Talk is dated “April XX, 2020” – I have asked for a clarification on the date
  • Eligible employees who have been employed for 90 days or more are being asked to complete the survey by April 30,
  • The Survey can be completed through LiteBlue and the HERO program
  • Physical copies of the survey can be obtained from a supervisor and returned through the mail
  • The pages of the “April XX, 2020” Stand-Up talk are numbered: 11, 13, 14 – page 12 appears to be missing – I have asked for the missing page
  • Page numbered 13 provides some FAQs
  • Page numbered 14 is a “Survey Sample” – there are three (3) questions on the sample – all three have drop down menus.
    The first question addresses the question if the employee is a military spouse or a spouse of a veteran. The second and the third questions are marked with an asterisk as required. They ask if they can recognize the veterans/spouse during meetings/public forums and can they send you cards or letters of appreciation. The questions seem simple, but we cannot see the drop down menus for the responses – have asked for that information as well.

As in any management survey participation in this self-identification survey is voluntary. The hiring process through the EL-312 Employment and Placement makes many references to veterans and their rights. Veterans should be properly identified during the hiring process. As in previous USPS surveys and employee participation programs the APWU does not encourage participation. The information that they provided is incomplete and conflicting.

Any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

Please share with your state and local leaders.

Please work safe and stay well during these difficult times – you are among the many heroes and warriors of this pandemic crisis.

Lynn Pallas-Barber
Assistant Clerk Craft Director
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

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