By Lisa Herrera, Field Representative, East Bay (Calif.)Area Local #47
Don’t Let Them Cut Your Throat !
There is so much disruption on the work room floor with management running amuck excessing from almost every office. Why would any postal worker expose themselves to being terminated?
Management is out to cut 100 million work hours by the end of this September. They are only half way to reaching their devastating goal. So why do some workers stretch their necks to be cut by an uncaring indifferent management?
Dang I wish I knew! Employees are being fired for Unsatisfactory Attendance because the employees do not protect themselves by being regular in attendance and properly substantiating their absences and fighting back against improper AWOLs.
Employees are being terminated for being off their assignment, outside the building, inside their cars while on the clock. Workers are being placed on emergency suspension pending removal for fighting or making threats.
Some employees are being investigated by the Office of Inspector General for not properly accounting for postal funds on the windows and face not only termination but criminal proceedings.
Why are these employees letting management cut their throat? It is not worth it! Times are hard and jobs are not easy to come by. These workers who put their jobs in jeopardy may not even qualify for unemployment insurance if they actually lose their jobs.
The Union’s hands are often tied when employees deliberately expose themselves to termination for misconduct. In the good ole days the Union could step in and offer mitigating factors to lessen the degree of discipline. Those days for the most part are gone. Now, the Union has to come in and pretty much find a fatal flaw in the discipline process in order to resolve a removal at the lowest level. Now a day we often have to go all the way to arbitration even when we do find those fatal flaws. Gone are the days of reaching Last Chance Settlements. Gone are the days of management compromising on removable offenses.
Management is out to cut work hours don’t let them cut your throat! Protect yourself. Stay away from conduct that may incriminate you or cause you to lose your job. Do not put your job in harms way. There is no other way for me to put it! There is no other way for me to plead with our members to make sure they help protect their jobs against an uncaring management.
When an employee is disciplined management has to prove the misconduct, that there was a rule on the conduct and that the employee knew the rule but broke it anyway. The Union then has to show that there was no just cause to discipline the employee. Give us something to fight with? DO NOT LET THEM CUT YOUR THROAT!