According to this article in the MSP Business Journal’s Law Blog, the United States Postal Service has field suit against the American Postal Workers Union in order to block their demands to receive $200,000 in locker upgrades.
From the article:
In December, an arbitrator ordered management at the St. Paul Processing and Distribution Center in Eagan to install lockers at least as large as those at the facility that the new plant replaced.
After workers first staffed the building in August 2010, they found that their heavy winter clothing, boots and gear wouldn’t fit in the narrower, shorter lockers. The union filed a work condition grievance over the size of the lockers, which are provided to cold-weather-climate workers, when workers had to store their equipment in unsecured lockers.
The Postal Service argued that the $200,000 cost of larger lockers was prohibitive, but arbitrator Hamah King decided that the Postal Service violated its labor agreement by refusing to provide bigger lockers.
While some may side with the APWU workers here, many people will likely be vehemently against more of their tax dollars being thrown at an organization which may very well be on its way out due to the high costs associated with running the USPS. There are plenty of employees who work at non-union shops who do not have access to lockers, let alone large ones who are likely shaking their head about this fight.
How about you? Do you think it’s right for the APWU to require $200,000 in locker upgrades when the USPS itself is struggling financially? Do you, as an employee of whatever job you have, expect to receive certain perks as part of your job that you would be willing to fight like this over? Do you think it’s fair for a public sector organization to take tax dollars for these sorts of issues? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.