APWU Tells Members: Don’t Let Them Take Your ‘Postal Pulse’

apwulogo03/02/2015The APWU and USPS are facing off over management’s latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey.

“The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse – and any other employee opinion survey – despite management notices that say otherwise,” said President Mark Dimondstein.  A Feb. 19 USPS announcement says the APWU, along with other unions and management associations, supports the goals of the program. A Feb. 26 News Break repeats the assertion.

The union filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Feb. 25, protesting management’s false claim.

The APWU has a long history of opposing employee opinion surveys because management uses workers’ responses against union members during contract negotiations.  The timing of management’s notice to employees, Feb. 19, was especially insidious, Dimondstein said, because it coincided with the opening day of contract talks.

Management first cited employee survey data during bargaining in 1998. The APWU National Executive Board adopted a resolution opposing “the use of surveys, focus groups, polls, audits, as a means of interviewing employees and union officials to evaluate job-related internal issues.” Similar resolutions have been adopted by the delegates to APWU National Conventions since then.

“Don’t let management take your pulse!” Dimondstein said. “Our voices are more powerful when we raise them together, through our union, than when we speak individually with management,” he said.

Employees who feel they are being pressured to take the survey or who have questions should contact their local union representative.

  • Lytn

    Request the 5 minutes allotted to take the survey( if they give it to you),read the survey, then toss it in the trash can or, better yet rip it up in front of them and then toss it!!!!!!

  • Surprise!

    I like to write refused on it and put it back in the mail.

  • guest

    don’t do that b/c even that is considered “participation: the po manipulates it.

  • Bucky

    Yes, you have the allotted time to “decide” what you want to do.

  • Bucky

    It is counted as a response.

  • RouteAbolished

    No wonder the public has a poor opinion (pun intended) of unions. They refuse to cooperate with management to the point of not providing management with the knowledge it needs to provide better working conditions. And in providing better working conditions, it would make the unions seem less relevant, powerful?

  • mrmagoo

    very mature

  • Mailman030

    The problem with your argument is that management has never used the VOE surveys to improve the workplace environment. The responses have always shown that the vast majority of the craft employees feel that they are not treated right by their supervisors; however, management has not initiated any programs to respond to their employees concerns. What management has done is pull out certain responses to questions and present the data to the arbitrator when the CBAs were being decided to try and show that most of the employees are happy with their job. The truth is that most carriers love their job, they hate the company that we work for because of the horrible treatment we receive at the hands of our supervisors. As far as the publics poor opinion of unions goes, I really don’t care what someone thinks who doesn’t have to put with management’s treatment.

  • Mailman030

    You are better off taking the mail piece and destroying it at home because your boss gets credit for every returned survey whether you fill it out or not. Don’t’ let your boss tell you that you have to either fill it out at work or give it back to them, it is mail addressed to you and you have the right to dispose of any way you see fit.

  • Connie

    The best revenge is to fill it out and tell the truth. That news is devastating and can be used by the union as data to bargain for better working conditions.

  • vitameatavegamin

    The last time I checked, cooperation was supposed to be a TWO-WAY affair……it frequently is not in the USPS.