USPS responds to APWU questions on Military Survey

From: Lynn Pallas-Barber <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:26 PM
To: NBAs
Cc: Regional Coordinators
Subject: FW: Notification No. GCCC202001667 USPS to Ask Employees With Military Experience to Complete Military Survey – update

Brothers and Sisters,

Please find the complete documents and the questions that were asked of postal management with regard to the Military Survey. These are based on the notification of the Military Survey that was shared with the field through my email on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

The below management responses are highlighted in yellow:

The “Sample Survey” contains the language that – “All fields marked with an asterisk are required” – yet allegedly the survey is to be completed on a voluntary basis.
The survey is strictly voluntary. If you choose to fill-out the form, we ask that “All fields marked with an asterisk are required”.

There are the three (3) questions on the Survey Sample with drop down selections. Can you please provide what those drop down menus include? (See the attached snapshot of the survey document)
Please see attachment

Please provide the date that this undated Stand-up talk will be given?
Due to the epidemic, the Stand-up Talk was delayed and will be scheduled in April and May FY20.

Will employees be contacted by any other means concerning this survey?
Link Story, Directline, Standup Talks, Mail Call Quarterly, etc

Has any consideration been given to the date of the survey being completed on 4/30/20 during the COVID-19 crisis, should an employee voluntarily participate?
First campaign push in April FY20 and 2nd campaign in May. There will be ongoing communication from now on.

Also in the attached documents the “Stand Up” talk dated April XX, 2020 pages are numbered 11, 13, and 14. Is page 12 missing? Please provide a complete and properly dated “Stand Up” talk document.
Attached is the full enclosures as requested. They were not originally included, as they were not pertinent.

It appears that the only purpose of the survey and the questions asked there are to self-identify what branch of the service the veteran served/serves in; whether the employee is a military spouse or spouse of a veteran; management is seeking permission to recognize the veteran/spouse in public meetings/forums; and finally permission for mailing cards and letters of appreciation. Is that correct?

Are there any other specific workplace improvements that management intends through use of the survey that can be provided at this time?
There are no further workplace improvements that management intends through use of the survey that can be provided at this time.

Is there any intention to expand the questions asked in the Sample Survey?
Not at this time no.

Can any of the information received through this survey, or any expansion of this survey be used in any type of adverse personnel action (discipline) against the veteran, active military employee, military spouse or spouse of veteran?

As in any management survey participation in this self-identification survey is strictly voluntary. As in previous USPS surveys and employee participation programs the APWU does not encourage participation.

Please share with your state and local leaders.

Any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

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

Notification No. GCCC202001667

Veteran Survey Enclosures

Veteran Survey Snapshot

Related: APWU seeks clarification on Military Surveys

Also See: USPS wants veterans, spouses to self-identify

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