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Is the USPS violating the National Labor Relations Act by not allowing employees to talk to the press?

September 27, 2023
Business photo shows hand written text National Labor Relations Act (NRLB)

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On Sept. 20, The Leader received a tip that within the last few months several employees had quit the U.S. Post Office in Port Townsend due to management issues.

The Leader approached a carrier to “ask a quick question.” The carrier shook their head and said they were not allowed to speak to the press.

A quick internet search later revealed that according to the National Labor Relations Board, which provides information on the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), any employee has the right to “talk to the media about problems in [their] workplace.”

The Leader then went to a supervisor of the USPS in Port Townsend, who said that no employee could speak to a member of the press and that all media inquiries must go through their legal team, based in Seattle and representing the entire state of Washington.

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