NALC and USPS have mutually agreed to postpone a national-level grievance regarding the delay in implementing Arbitrator Goldberg’s Award in Case No. Q15C-4Q-C 17697250 which was issued August 6, 2018. This agreement (M-01908) provides that the parties will postpone this case pending the disposition of civil action 18-cv-02553, United States Postal Service vs. American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (the Hatch Act award vacatur case).
In the interim, letter carriers who wish to take Leave Without Pay (LWOP) for the purpose of being released to work on a partisan political campaign may request personal LWOP in accordance with Section 514.4(a) of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM).
As stated in ELM 514.22, the granting of personal LWOP is a matter of administrative discretion “based on the needs of the employee, the needs of the Postal Service, and the cost to the Postal Service.”