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Episode 19: Article 16.8 Review of Discipline, Concurrence of Suspensions or Discharge

This episode focuses on Article 16.8, which deals with review of discipline. Corey explains the importance of this article and how it can be used to challenge management decisions. Discipline is meant to be addressed by the immediate supervisor. He points out that in a suspension or discharge, it must be reviewed and concurred by […]

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Episode 18: Discipline and Mgmt Obligation Under Section 115 of the M-39 Handbook

This episode is  about labor arbitration and how to use the M39 handbook, which is the management handbook used by the US Postal Service. Corey explains that section 115 of the M-39 handbook deals with discipline and how management should administer it. He emphasizes that management should always make every effort to correct a situation

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Episode 17: Combating Criminal Statutes Cited in the Letter of Charges

This episode covers how to challenge management when they use criminal statutes against a carrier in disciplinary actions. Corey advises listeners to research any criminal statutes cited by management, as those statutes may not apply to the specific situation. He explains that in a formal grievance procedure, a carrier’s lawyer should argue for a higher

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Episode 16: Article 16.6 Indefinite Suspension-Crime Situation. The Power of Nexus

Corey explains Article 16.6 of the National Agreement, which deals with indefinite suspensions in crime situations. He explains that management can’t automatically put someone on indefinite suspension without giving them some notice. He also emphasizes the importance of a “nexus” or connection between the employee’s job and the crime for which they were arrested. He

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Episode 15: Article 16.7 Emergency Procedure, Much More Than Just “Immediate”

Corey talks about Article 16.7: Emergency Placement. He emphasizes the importance of challenging emergency placements by filing grievances, highlighting four key areas of contention: immediacy (the action must be taken without delay), notification (the employee must be explicitly informed of the emergency placement), a detailed written charge, and the length of the placement (which cannot

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Episode 13: Single Track vs Multi Track Discipline

Corey welcomes Jason Atchley to this episode. They discuss unauthorized overtime and how to defend against discipline related to it. Jason explains that there are two competing theories on discipline: single-track (where any violation can lead to immediate discipline) and multi-track (where discipline is progressive). The podcast focuses on the multi-track theory, which is based

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Episode 12: Article 35 & Defending Against Charges Due to Alcohol & Drug Addiction

Corey discusses how to defend carriers in charges related to the disease of alcohol and/or drug addiction. He emphasizes that the union should advocate for a corrective, rather than a punitive, approach when dealing with carriers facing discipline due to alcohol or drug abuse, as outlined in Article 35 of the collective bargaining agreement. He

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Episode 11: Defeating Backing & Stationary Events (GPS) + Mgmt Spying & Covert Techniques

Corey discusses backing, stationary events, and street observations, focusing on how to use specific provisions in the M-39 handbook to challenge management actions. This episode speaks on the importance that carriers ask for union representation when management questions them about stationary and backing events, and educating carriers on how to respond to questions about occurrences

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