USPS: Liberal Changes of Schedule and Leave

USPS Memo – March 23, 2020 We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our unions temporarily expanding the use of Sick Leave for Dependent Care to allow employees to use their sick leave for unexpected childcare needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to allowing Sick Leave for Dependent Care, for…

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One-time purge of Letters of Warning in the new APWU contract

The parties agree that there will be a one-time purge of Official Disciplinary Letters of Warning from the personnel folders of all employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. To qualify to be purged, a Letter of Warning must meet the following conditions: 1. An issue date prior to the effective date of…

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Postmaster Removed for Inappropriate Behavior Toward Employee He Fired

By Susan McGuire Smith – February 13, 2020 In Ferguson v. U.S. Postal Service (CAFC No. 2019-1403 (nonprecedential) 11/7/19), a postal manager fought to get his job back after he was accused by a woman employee removed for poor performance of making inappropriate comments and gestures toward her while she worked for him. Mr. Ferguson…

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NALC VP Renfroe: Rights and Warnings When Questioned

All letter carriers have Weingarten rights, which means the right to have a union steward present during a meeting in which management asks you questions that you believe could lead to discipline. Every letter carrier should follow this advice: If called to a meeting with management, U.S. postal inspectors or an Office of Inspector General…

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NLRB Decision – Nasty Postmaster Fired a CCA for Filing Grievances

A nasty postmaster in Katy, Texas fired a CCA for filing grievances. This type of boss exists in too many post offices! This story had a happy ending. The NLRB went to bat for her. REMEDY Having found that the U.S.P.S. committed unfair labor practices, it is ordered to cease and desist and to take…

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Sleeping on the Job Didn’t Justify Termination of PPO

By Bryant S. Banes – February 5, 2019 The U.S. Postal Service was liable for retaliation in a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, even though the employer said the plaintiff was found sleeping on the job. The Boston general mail facility employed the plaintiff, a U.S.-born woman of Chinese descent, for 18 years,…

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Despite finding no discrimination, court holds USPS liable for retaliation

By Lisa Burden – Jan 9, 2019 Brief: The firing of a long-time postal police worker for sleeping on the job was retaliation for her discrimination complaint, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court has ruled (Anderson v. Brennan, Postmaster General, Nos. 17-2162, 17-2170 (1st Cir., Dec. 14, 2018)). Diping Anderson, a postal police officer (PPO) who…

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Postal Employee Ordered to be Removed for Violating Hatch Act

By Ian Smith – August 2, 2018 OSC filed a complaint of Hatch Act violations with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in March 2018 after the employee, a postal mail processing clerk, ran in two 2017 partisan elections. According to the complaint, the Hatch Act specifically prohibits USPS employees from running for election to…

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