Postal management has notified the NALC
of its intent to withdraw unilaterally from USPS-NALC Memorandums
that mandated local management and union leaders to work
out agreements on route inspections.
NALC President William H. Young decried
the move and called it a major blow to improved labor-management
relations in the Postal Service. He noted that this comes
at a time when close cooperation is essential as Congress
prepares to resume consideration of postal reform legislation.
Young announced that the union will institute
a major nationwide training program to insure that mail
counts are correct. He also issued a special alert to NALC
officers to be on the lookout for management attempts to
circumvent requirements in postal manuals and handbooks
governing mail counts and inspections.
Ironically, the official notice of the
action to the union arrived at NALC Headquarters on a day
of infamy, December 7. However, no one at NALC national
headquarters was surprised by this action since rumors of
it had been circulating for weeks.
"It is a sad day for
letter carriers and the mailing public," Young said.
"Management was unwilling or unable to rein in maverick
managers whose actions insured that no local agreements
would be consummated in their regions. Instead of trying
to work with our Union, these mavericks went full speed
ahead training managers to resume traditional route inspections
early next year."