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March 14, 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Late last week I was informed of an impromptu meeting convened by Acting Plant Manager Ms. Stephanie Harris that, by all accounts, was less than inspiring. To be sure, we certainly have many contractual issues with the edicts announced by the Plant
Manager during her monologue that will be addressed through the grievance process. In that regard, we encourage you to provide leave slips and statements to your Local Union Representatives so that your legal and contractual rights can be defended.
However, there are obviously deeper concerns that also require our attention.
Concerns regarding the demeanor and attitude of the senior postal manager during, what has been described as, a berating commentary on the work ethic and upbringing of employees of the P&DC. I have heard from a number of employees describing conduct by the acting manager that would have you, or I, out of the building on an emergency placement. There is a double standard of course, and anyone who states otherwise is fooling themselves, but there doesn’t have to be. Article 15 of the National Agreement gives collective bargaining representatives the authority to file grievances through the Joint Statement on Violence and Behavior in the Workplace, which is applicable to ALL levels of the organization, whether they like it or not.
The autocratic, dictatorial style of management lost its effectiveness at the turn of the 19th century. Motivating postal employees occurs when engaging them as adults and treating them with respect. It does not occur through acts of intimidation, or by chastising them like children. Sadly, we expect things to get worse before they get better, but we will not back down from demanding the dignity and respect we deserve. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to this office directly.
In Union Solidarity,