A union representing 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees is suing the mailing agency over an initiative to change the structure of their jobs, saying it is causing workers physical harm and is in violation of a negotiated contract.
The National Association of Letter Carriers is seeking an injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against a pilot program known as the Consolidated Casing Initiative. The Postal Service is looking to divide letter carriers tasks into two distinct positions, which the union alleged is forcing some employees to do more physical labor and may cause them to quit. NALC asked the court to immediately pause the initiative while it mounts a challenge through the collective bargaining process.