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|NALC 214 Picket Against Workplace Bullying, Discrimination and Wage Theft|
|Date||Friday March 17|
|Time||4:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
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Parkside Post Office Station
1800 Taraval Street, San Francisco’s Sunset District
San Francisco NALC 214 is holding an Informational Picket at Parkside Station Post Office at 1800 Taraval Street in San Francisco’s Sunset District on Friday, March 17th from 4 to 6 PM.Added to the calendar on Saturday Mar 11th, 2017 12:03 PM
A Labor Relations investigation at the station found considerable evidence of abuse by management including discrimination, bullying, wage theft, physical and psychological injuries, under-staffing, routine labor law violations and more. Relief is considered crucial and mandatory.
"Reinstate Angela" Protest At SF US Federal Building Against Workplace Bullying & Union Busting At US Post Office
Supporters of San Francisco NALC 214 Chief Steward Angela Bibb-Merritt rallied and spoke out on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at the 7th St. San Francisco Federal Building against her suspension and workplace bullying that she faced on the job. The postal managers have been harassing and suspending NALC shop stewards who are defending the membership. Postal workers are also being forced to work 12 to 15 hours threatening their health and safety. The postal management are seeking to privatize and turn the post office into an Amazon non-union operation with slave labor conditions with massive speed-up and no rights on the job. Also musician and retired postal worker Jimmy Kelly sang songs about Angela and labor issues in at the post office and in workers lives.
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NALC214 SF Postal Workers Demand "Bring Back Angela" Stop The Workplace Bullying
San Francisco NALC 214 postal carriers and supporters on October 19, 2016 picketed the Evans St. USPO station to demand the immediate reinstatement of chief steward Angela Bibb-Merritt. Merritt and other stewards have been bullied and harrassed by management to intimidate the workforce.
San Francisco postal bosses and managers have a long history of workplace bullying and even violence against postal workers.
Chief steward Angela Bibb-Merritt was terminated without pay for representing the members on the job and she reported that workers are even afraid to take their 30 minute unpaid lunch.
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Federal Administrative Judge has Harsh Words for San Francisco USPS Management
By postal on May 3, 2009
NALC Branch 214
The following was submitted to PEN from NALC Branch 214
San Francisco – A USPS letter carrier was awarded injunctive relief, compensatory damages and attorney’s fees as a result of a lawsuit finding discrimination against a disability. In the wake of the decision, San Francisco NALC Union #214 has requested termination of the 5 management officials involved in the case, including SF Postmaster Noemi Luna.
The judge cited harassment, a hostile work environment, failure to accommodate, and retaliation by various USPS management personnel.
Billie Eyeball, a letter carrier for seven years, was robbed at gunpoint while delivering mail. She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Cleared to return to carrier duties with medical restrictions, she encountered resistance from management. As a result, an EEO was filed and the USPS settled the case.
Ms. Eyeball returned to full time letter carrier duties in 2004, but management outside of her station targeted her. The judge in the recent case cited retaliation for the former EEO activity. The decision by the Federal Administrative judge holds sharp words for management citing “devious actions,” “sabotage” and “multiple examples of abusive and intimidating conduct.” She writes “I am utterly mystified why several officials mounted an intense, often malicious, campaign against her.
Ms. Eyeball comments: “I have no idea why I was targeted except that I happened to get injured on the job and I’ve been treated like a criminal. They tried to frame me. They made up blatant lies about how I handled my mail, and they sent false documentation about me to another government agency, which is illegal fraud. Five years of harassment in theses two cases has cost the Post Office close to 1/2 million dollars and it is obscene.”
The judge noted that management “provided information they knew to be false to the Department of Labor concerning the complainant’s condition …”. According to the USPS Employer Labor Relations Manual “any employee, supervisor or representative who knowingly makes a false statement with respect to a claim under FECA may be subject to a fine of $10,000 or (5) years in prison or both …”.
Shop Steward Audrey Davis, a veteran carrier in San Francisco worked for the USPS in Royal Oaks, Michigan in 1991 at the time of a notorious “going postal” incident that resulted in the murder of four USPS employees. For the past few years, Ms. Davis has been increasingly concerned about safety issues involved in management / employee disputes in San Francisco. “Billie’s case is part of a much larger problem that affects everybody. Postmaster Luna’s tenure is full of harassment complaints and no action. In October of 2006 employees at my facility, PCA [Pacific Carrier Annex located in San Francisco], requested a Congressional investigation because of management abuse, and this petition was joined by other stations and included almost 200 Union and non-Union employees. In November of 2006, a carrier suspension at 180 Napoleon resulted in a murder / suicide. In 2007, management was called into a joint meeting with people from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office and Congressman Tom Lantos office. But nothing really changed. The Union has picketed two stations over management abuse and safety issues in the last year, but Postmaster Luna and District Manager Groux have done nothing to stop the abuse to employees.”
Shop Steward Vicki Sawicki from EPC station agrees: “Unfortunately other employees are being treated as horrible as Billie has been. Upper management is not taking these issues seriously and all of our safety is jeopardized.”
Both the Union and Ms. Eyeball have sent letters expressing their concern to upper management officials including District Manager Winifred Grox, and Pacific Area V.P. Mike Daley. Ms. Eyeball quotes a response by Winifred Groux which states she “declines to take action.” “Mr. Daley’s reply was equally irresponsible,” Ms. Eyeball adds. “Unfortunately their inaction perpetuates abusive behavior and costly litigation. They are offering a defense that because the judge didn’t specifically request termination that they don’t have to act, but, of course, it is well known that a Federal Administrative Judge can not request punitive action of this sort, and it is up to the agency to take the action necessary both contractually and morally to stop this abuse.”
A copy of the NALCX Branch #214 open letter requesting termination can be found in the Branch #214 March / April VOICE newsletter and online at http://www.nalcbayarea.com. The entire resolution and the judge’s detailed final decision will be posted at the website as well.
The Union’s resolutions state in part: “The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch #214 will request in writing in an open letter that management terminate Adam Alvarez, Gary Schrecengost, David Sullivan, Raj Sanghera and Noemi Luna.
There is an epidemic of workplace bullying including a long history in the US Post Office. This rally is to demand an end to the terrorism against postal workers.
There has been a long reign of terror and workplace bullying including targeting shop stewards by US postal management. Congresswoman and Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi has refused to defend bullied postal workers despite the efforts of many postal workers to go to her office and get support.