Hacked Employees File Charges Against Postal Service

Eric Katz reports:

The American Postal Workers Union filed a complaint on Monday to the National Labor Relations Board for the Postal Service’s failure to adequately consult with the group over the security failure. APWU President Mark Dimondstein said USPS should have bargained with the union over the “impact of the security breach.”

“We are demanding information from the USPS about the extent of the breach — both known and suspected — and what postal management knew, when they knew it, and what they did, or failed to do to protect employee information.” He added the Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe only gave him a “courtesy call” on Sunday night, and did not engage the union leader in a discussion of how to deal with the problem.

The Postal Service knew about the breach since at least September, but said it could not notify employees about the incident — which exposed up to 800,000 former and current employees’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, employment start dates and termination dates, emergency contacts and other personal information — earlier because it would have put the “remediation actions in jeopardy.”

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