Follow-Up Statement to APWU Members from President Mark Dimondstein

Re: New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach

November 20, 2014

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New revelations about the security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems are raising additional concerns about this very troubling incident. The APWU remains fully committed to protecting the rights of our members and demanding information from the USPS about what management knew and when they knew it.

Unfortunately, it appears the breach was worse than originally thought.  Apparently, information regarding OWCP records that were shared with the Department of Labor exposed medical records, bank account and routing information for tens of thousands of employees and retirees. The Postal Service plans to issue follow-up letters to those impacted by the latest findings shortly.

Because the Postal Service has refused to bargain in good faith and continues to take unilateral action in response to the data breach, the APWU is pursuing the unfair labor practice we filed on Nov. 10 with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).   The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the National Rural Letter Carriers (NRLCA) have also filed charges.

The APWU is committed to protecting the rights of our members and will do whatever is necessary to make sure our members are protected and made whole for any damages suffered as a result of the security breach – now and in the future.

We are working with our sister unions to ensure that postal employees and retirees receive the information you need and that every effort is made to protect you.

I will continue to be personally involved and will keep you posted as more information is obtained.

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