Chapter Member Representative (CMR)
If you are ever in a situation where your boss wants to talk and you feel like it could lead to discipline OR if it is stated discipline could result from this discussion, CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE, OR if he is not available, CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE MN EXECUTIVE BOARD.
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Suggested for EAS or PCES employees, If requested, directed, or approached for an interview, the following should be your initial statement:
If this interview is part of an investigation of a criminal matter I request to be represented by an attorney prior to any interview. Until I have my attorney present, I do not agree to sign any document, and will not answer any questions. I also will not make any written or oral statement. I do not consent to any search without a warrant. If you provide me with a search warrant I will not resist the search while reserving legal objections to it.
If this interview is not part of any criminal investigation, I request to contact my UPMA representative for advice and to be present with me for the interview. I will appear with my UPMA representative and orally answer questions. I decline to provide any written statement, and reserve my legal right refuse to answer any questions that may intend to incriminate me.
Adverse Action Legal Defense Plan
The United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) is committed to representing the membership in all areas, including adverse actions. The Adverse Action Legal Defense Fund (AALDF) and the Adverse Action Legal Defense Plan (AALDP) was established for the membership to provide representation to active UPMA members in appealing adverse actions taken against them. Postmasters and Managers receiving notice of an adverse action (defined in ELM Section 651.71) should immediately contact a UPMA National Adverse Action Member Representative (see a list at Unitedpma.org). The Postmaster or Manager will sign a “Designation-of-Representation-form” and transmit it to the UPMA National Member Representative. The Member Representative will assist the Member in making a verbal reply to the charges, pursuant to ELM 651.74. In addition to adverse actions defined in ELM Section 651.71, the AALDF may also be used to represent eligible members in appeals of adverse actions under ELM Section 652.2 (EAS without MSPB rights).