Failure to keep contact info updated is not “excusable neglect”

By Elizabeth Kruska – December 27, 2019 Mr. Von Turkovich had an issue before the Labor Relations Board. He filed a grievance, and the other party filed a motion to dismiss. The motion to dismiss was granted, and Mr. Von Turkovich wanted to appeal the dismissal. But he filed too late and wanted more time…

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NLRB Restores Longstanding Arbitral Deferral Standards

December 23, 2019 – Washington DC – In a decision released today in United Parcel Service, Inc., 369 NLRB 1 (2019), the National Labor Relations Board returned to its traditional standard for post-arbitral deferral. The post-arbitral deferral standard is used by the Board to decide whether to defer to an arbitrator’s prior resolution of a…

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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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Reducing Official Time for Unions in EEO

By Ralph R. Smith – December 12, 2019 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking clarifying official time provisions for federal employees working in an official capacity for a union. What Is Official Time? “Official time” has been the source of a number of issues in the federal labor…

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Christmas Holiday 2019 – Facts for APWU members

2019 Christmas Holiday Facts By Bill Lewis, Trenton Metro Area Local #1020 The following Christmas Holiday facts are for APWU members and the information contained in the article is from the APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement. I would like to share with everyone the questions and my responses to many questions relating to the upcoming Christmas…

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APWU 2020 Pay & Holiday Calendar, Leave Chart

The 2020 new leave year begins and ends as indicated below: Begins: PP 02-2020, January 4, 2020 Ends: PP 01-2021, January 1, 2021 2020 Pay & Holiday Calendar 2020 Leave Chart Related: USPS: Calendar shows 2020 payroll schedule

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NLRB issues decision on APWU Information Request cases

ORDER The Respondent, United States Postal Service, Albermarle, Charlotte, Concord, Fayetteville, Huntersville, Kannapolis, Kings Mountain, and Rutherfordton, North Carolina, its officers, agents, successors, and assigns, shall 1. Cease and desist from the following in connection with the Respondent’s employees employed in the Respondent’s facilities set forth in Appendix A. (a) Refusing to bargain collectively and…

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USPS: Employees must follow rules on mercury

The Postal Service is reminding employees to do their part to prevent mercury from entering the mailstream. Elemental mercury is a dense, silver metallic liquid that is a designated hazardous material and is prohibited from the mail. To protect the safety of employees and customers and to avoid costly and disruptive spills, USPS requires employees…

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