Newly elected Philadelphia, PA President allegedly locks out other local officers and prevents them from representing members.
The National American Postal Workers Union has suspended and placed into trusteeship the Philadelphia, PA -one of it’s largest local unions- according to a notice published by 21st Century Postal Worker, . The suspension comes less than one month after members ousted the previous president (and one of the Rank & File members who voted for current contract) Gwen Ivey and elected Nick Casselli, the former Chief steward, Tour 1. Casselli was installed as Local President on June 22, 2011 by National APWU Vice-President Greg Bell. Casselli allegedly locked out officers listed below who were re-elected from the previous local administration.
According to the notice issued by Cliff Guffey, National APWU President:
“My finding that immediate trusteeship is necessary is based on the fact that the Local President has changed the locks on the offices of the Local, thus preventing the Local’s officers, including its elected Treasurer, from performing their official duties. The Local President also has informed postal management that three of the top four elected officers of the Local, the Vice President, the Treasurer, and the Director of Industrial Relations, are no longer permitted to serve as officers of the Local and must return to the workroom floor. By these actions, the Local President has prevented the Local Treasurer from issuing payroll checks and otherwise paying the just debts of the Local and has prevented the handling of the funds of the Local in accordance with the Local’s Constitution. I find that these actions by the Local President make it necessary for me to suspend the Philadelphia PA Area Local immediately to prevent the misappropriation of the Local’s funds and property. These actions also expose the Local to civil liability. All this has been done in violation of the Constitution of the Local and in violation of the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Union.”
The Philadelphia Area Local of the APWU represents more than 2,500 workers at Philadelphia’s main post office and stations, the Philadelphia Air Mail Center, and the Elkins Park and Bristol post offices.