USPS Warning Over 'Outburst' Flouted Labor Law, NLRB Says

By Matthew Bultman (August 1, 2016, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Postal Service engaged in an unfair labor practice when it issued a written warning to a worker and union steward who berated a supervisor during a 2012 meeting over employee grievances, the National Labor Relations Board said Friday.

Partially overturning an administrative law judge's decision, the NLRB majority said Cheryl Walton didn't lose protection under the National Labor Relations Act during the meeting, despite acting in a way that was "loud, profane, disrespectful and obnoxious."

"We accordingly find," it wrote, "that the [USPS] was not privileged to discipline Walton based on that day's outburst, and that the respondent therefore...

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