Federal Employees News Digest
NLRB enters fray over USPS pilot program
- By FEND Staff
- Mar 10, 2014
A National Labor Relations Board regional office has sided with a union that is asking the U.S. Postal Service provide it with details on a pilot program to locate postal counters in office supply stores.
The NLRB Region 5 office in Baltimore found merit in a complaint filed by the American Postal Workers Union which charged the Postal Service with improperly refusing to give the union information about a USPS pilot program that has located postal counters manned by non-postal employees in 82 Staples stores.
As a result of the finding, a hearing before an NLRB administrative law judge in Washington, D.C., was scheduled for March 31.
APWU's objective in the case is to see that the in-store USPS counters are staffed by postal employees, rather than by Staples employees. If the union is unable to compel the Postal Service to comply with that demand, the union said it will ask Staples customers to boycott the retailer.
“This is an important victory for the APWU and for postal customers," APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. "The Staples deal is a brazen attempt to privatize postal retail services and it has been shrouded in secrecy.”
The information the union is seeking from USPS on the pilot project include details pertaining to the training of the Staples employees involved, criteria for determining any USPS compensation to Staples, any discounts offered by Staples, and measures being taken to "protect the sanctity of the mail." APWU also wants to see cost analyses of the project.
“Postal officials seem to forget that the Postal Service belongs to the people,” Dimondstein said. “We intend to keep reminding them.”
See the complaint at: http://apwu.org/news/webart/2014/14-040-nlrb-staplesinfo-140303.pdf.