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July 1998
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Know Your Contract:

Language Concerning Abusive Behavior

A minimum, the following language from the Joint Statement on Violence and Behavior and other relevant documents should be cited when filing grievances charging a supervisor with abusive behavior:

From the Joint Statement:

"It is a time for reaffirming the basic right of all employees to a safe and humane working environment ... there is no excuse for and will be no tolerance of harassment, intimidation, threats or bullying by anyone ... Our intention is to make the workroom floor a safer, more harmonious, as well as a more productive workplace."

From the National Agreement:

Article 14, Safety and Health:

"Section 1. Responsibilities: It is the responsibility of management to provide safe working conditions in all present and future installations and to develop a safe working force...

"Section 2. Cooperation: The Employer and the Union insist on the observance of safe rules and safe procedures by employees and insist on correction of unsafe conditions ... and the workplace must be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition."

Additional language from the M-39 and the ELM also apply in each instance of grieving a supervisor's abusive behavior. These provisions require that management provide a working atmosphere of respect and dignity, which is clearly violated when carriers are abused.

The M-39, Section 115.4 states: "...it is the front line manager who controls management's attempt to maintain an atmosphere between employer and employee which assures mutual respect for each other's rights and responsibilities."

The ELM, Section 666.2, Behavior and Personal Habits, states: "Employees are expected to conduct themselves during and outside of work hours in a manner which reflects favorably upon the Postal Service.

"Although it is not the policy of the Postal Service to interfere with the private lives of employees, it does require that postal personnel be honest, reliably, trustworthy, courteous, and of good character and reputation. Employees are expected to maintain satisfactory personal habits so as not to be obnoxious or offensive to other persons or to create unpleasant working conditions."


Source: NALC Activist, a newsletter for branch leaders of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Spring 1998, Sue Dawson, Editor.
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