Two Recent NLRB Decisions of Note

Local 307, National Postal Mailhandlers Union (NPMHU) (07-CB-218938; 367 NLRB No. 144) Detroit, MI, June 4, 2019. The Board granted the General Counsel’s Motion for Default Judgment based on the Respondent’s failure to file an answer to the complaint. Finding no merit in the Respondent’s assertion that it was not properly served with the complaint,…

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NLRB General Counsel Issues Clarification Memo on Duty of Fair Representation

On March 26, 2019, the NLRB General Counsel issued more instructions regarding a union’s Section 8(b)(1)(A) Duty of Fair Representation. Local unions need to be careful. “In circumstances where a union has lost track or forgotten about a grievance, ‘mere negligence’ ordinarily will not excuse the union unless it can show that it was following…

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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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NLRB Division of Judges Issues Updated Bench Book

January 9, 2019 Washington, D.C—The Judges Division of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued an updated Bench Book, which replaces an earlier version issued in January 2018. The new January 2019 edition contains citations to numerous additional Board and court decisions and other authorities. It also contains several new sections, including sections addressing…

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NLRB General Counsel Warning to Unions on Duty of Fair Representation

The NLRB General Counsel issued a stern warning to labor unions today on the Duty of Fair Representation (attached below). The Republican appointees on the board do not look kindly on unions. Congress took away our right to collect dues on nonmembers, but unions are still expected to represent everyone fairly and equally. They are…

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NLRB: Consent Order for Information Requests approved for APWU Philadelphia Local

This “Notice to Employees” was sent out this week to APWU Philadelphia Area Local Members: WE WILL NOT fail to provide or unduly delay in furnishing information requested by APWU Local 89 and any other labor organization that represents United States Postal Service employees employed at its facilities included in the Philadelphia Installation and as…

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APWU Clashes with Management on New 3971 Language

Web News Article #: 116-2017 12/01/2017 – The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business. This new section states: LWOP – Union Official (Required Certification) By signing this form, I certify…

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President Trump Appoints Miscimarra NLRB Acting Chair

January 26, 2017 Washington, DC — President Donald J. Trump has named Board Member Philip A. Miscimarra Acting Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. “It is an honor to be named NLRB Acting Chairman by the President,” Miscimarra said. “I remain committed to the task that Congress has assigned to the Board, which is…

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