NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

Complaint over Cyber Intrusion Would Set Precedent

NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach 04/08/2015 – In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach. The incident, which was revealed to the union and employees in mid-November, compromised the personal information of hundreds of thousands of current and former postal employees.

As a result of the cyber intrusion, employees’ Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and injury claim information were accessed from postal data systems over a period of months. In response, the Postal Service decided unilaterally to offer employees just one year of free credit reporting.

Upon learning of the breach from then-Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, APWU President Mark Dimondstein demanded that the Postal Service bargain with the union over the issue. The APWU also sought information from the Postal Service about the extent of the breach; what postal officials knew; when they knew it, and what they did or failed to do to protect employee information.

The APWU filed the NLRB charge just days after learning of the cyber intrusion, after the Postal Service refused to bargain over management’s response to the breach and failed to respond to the union‘s request for information. At the time, Dimondstein said, “We are outraged that this happened. We do not know at this point whether management did everything in their power to protect our privacy, but they bear the ultimate responsibility.”

The complaint by Region 5 of the NLRB cites the Postal Service for ignoring its legal obligations to bargain with the union.

“By issuing this complaint, the NLRB is recognizing employee rights in the information age,” Dimondstein said.

In a move typically reserved for the most intractable employers, the NLRB is seeking special remedies for the Postal Service’s unlawful acts.

“In view of the extensive history of repeated unfair labor practice violations found by the Board and courts,” the complaint says, the NLRB is seeking an order “to comprehensively address the Postal Service’s violations of the law.”

The special remedies include a video featuring a top postal manager reading an NLRB-drafted notice to employees and an NLRB-imposed bargaining schedule, with regular progress reports and pay for union negotiators.

The Postal Service has until mid-April to answer the complaint. A trial before an NLRB administrative law judge is expected to take place in May in Washington, DC.

APWU

7 thoughts on “NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

  1. “In a move typically reserved for the most intractable employers . . . ” Well, that’s certainly an accurate description of postal management. It just never ceases to amaze me how much terrible crap the USPS management continues to get away with. I suppose this is probably a typical scenario for most large corporations and organizations in this day and age.
    I talk to my brother who works for a certain manufacturer and has for a very long time, who tells me the headquarters management that oversees the other plants and warehouses around the country are every bit as corrupt and stupid as postal officials can be. Other friends tell me similar tales, so the fact that postal management is hopeless is not a rarity at all.
    This is why strong union participation is needed. The anti-union forces are strong, well funded and determined to wind the clock back to the days of the industrial revolution, with horrible working hours and work conditions, low pay and no benefits. That won’t happen entirely, but it’s frightening to see how effective the anti-labor stance has been thanks to media brainwashing and workers who ought to know better buy the company line, cutting their noses off their faces and believing unions are not needed.
    The NLRB is a strong ally of workers, and it’s good to see the APWU line up with them. The NALC also cooperates, but not as prominently. One hopes that the pressure from the NLRB can force postal management into doing what they should, owning up to the breach and allowing full investigations into possibilities that insiders were involved. It’s unlikely, but at least somebody is fighting the good fight.

  2. “The special remedies include a video featuring a top postal manager reading an NLRB-drafted notice to employees and an NLRB-imposed bargaining schedule, with regular progress reports and pay for union negotiators.”

    WE GET TO WATCH A MEA CULPA VIDEO. UNION NEGOTIATORS GET PAYED. I FEEL SO WHOLE NOW.

  3. Federal Express just purchased TNT for 3.5 billion………..FDX now $186 a share. glad I used OT to accumulate 2000 shares over the last 20 years. saw this place for what it is……..a govt dump.

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