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Tackling Workplace Harassment
Updated On: Aug 06, 2019

Tackling Workplace Harassment

July 12, 2019

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Back Row (L-R): Omar Fernandez, APWU of Vermont President; Don Barron,

Southern Region Safety and Health Rep; Victor Fields, Norfolk Local President; Josh Gray,

Western Michigan Area Local; Vance Zimmerman, Industrial Relations Director; Eddie Cooper,

San Diego Area Local Vice President; President Mark Dimondstein; Joe Paul, Central

Florida Area Local President; Joe Zamenick, Phoenix Metro Area Local Vice President;

Mike Smith, Greater Cincinnati Area Local President; Jeff Beaton, Maintenance Craft NBA.

Middle Row (L-R): Trina Wynn, Wilmington DE/Malcolm T Smith Area Local President;

Barbara Vaughns, Houston Area Local Clerk Craft Director; Kim Miller, Keystone Area

Local President; Omar Gonzalez, Western Region Coordinator; Sharyn Stone, Central

Region Coordinator; Tinamarie Vivens-Stafford, Denver Metro Area Local Human

Relations Director; Toni Robinson, Greater Kansas City Area Local President.

Front Row (L-R): Robin Robertson, St. Louis Gateway Area Local Secretary-Treasurer; James Stevenson, Clerk Craft NBA.

The newly formed Workplace Environment Committee met on July 11-12 at the

Tommy Douglass Center in Silver Spring, MD to correlate mediums, methods and procedures

to deal with employee-employer relations on the workroom floor.

Established by Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman, the Committee deliberated on

the union’s continuing efforts to address the real harm – both physical and psychological –

that is cause by managerial harassment.

The Committee exchanged methods and means to deal with egregious mistreatment of workers,

including bullying and intimidation of postal employees.

Views were exchanged on the ancillary impacts of poor staffing, lack of managerial training

and accountability.

Existing resources – legal, regulatory and contractual regulations – were examined. Deliberations

revealed a real need for employees to be proactive in order to address abusive aggressions facing

many of the nation’s postal workers.

“Brothers and sisters, it is so important that you report any type of harassment or unwarranted

behavior at the work place. You DO have the right to work in a hostile-free environment,”

said Barbara Vaughns, Houston Area Local Clerk Craft Director.  

The Committee is developing the instruments to educate and engage the assistance of every

employee to help halt offensive behavior at work. Education is a vital tool. Trina Wynn,

Wilmington DE/Malcolm T Smith Area Local President said, “Understanding your rights enables

you to help stop workplace harassment.”

“This committee has brought issues and perspectives from coast to coast right off the

workroom floor,” said Director Zimmerman. “Management’s divide and conquer strategy will

no longer work.”

“We’ve had some really difficult discussions about harassment, about abuse, about intimidation,

about safety, about bullying, and power dynamics – about the many, many types of

harassment that postal workers face,” Director Zimmerman continued. “We’re strategizing

a way to hold management aggressively accountable. Only with that accountability will our

members feel empowered to speak up and management feel true retribution for their actions.”

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