| THE POSTAL INSPECTORS
If questioned by a U.S. Postal Inspector about your conduct, even if you believe you
are not guilty of any wrong-doing, it is suggested you do the following:
1. Remain calm.
2. Correctly identify yourself, if requested to do so.
3. Do not physically resist an arrest or a search of your person or property.
4. Read aloud to the Postal Inspector(s) the statement below.
5. Remain silent until you have consulted with your union representative or attorney,
This is not complete advice. Always consult with a lawyer.
I request the presence of my union representative. If I am a suspect in a criminal
matter, please so advise me. If so, I wish to contact my attorney. (His/Her) name is
______________________Telephone number ____________________.
If I am under arrest, I request you to so advise me and to inform me of the reason
or reasons. I will not resist an arrest. I do not consent to a search of my person or
property. However, I will not physically resist or obstruct such a search. If you have
a search warrant, I request to see it at this time. I will cooperate with you fully, but I
do not waive any of my rights, including my right to remain silent. I will not sign a
waiver-of-rights form, nor admit or deny any allegations, nor make any written or
oral statement unless my attorney and/or union representative are personally
present and so advise me.
If called into a meeting with management, postal inspectors, or an
Office of inspector General Agent (OIG) please read the following
statement to the person you are meeting with before the meeting starts.
"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or
terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully
request my union representative, officer or steward to be present at this
meeting. Without my Union representation present, I respectfully choose
not to answer any questions or participate in this discussion"
Do Not Panic or Argue.
Official Discussions/Predetermined disciplined are not rights to
Steward representation. Only if you feel it could lead to discipline. Be
alert and use common sense.
Under the Supreme Court’s Weingarten
decision, the following rules apply to investigatory interviews:
•The employee can request union representation before or at any time during the
•When an employee asks for representation, the employer must choose from
among three options:
1. Grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives;
2. Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
3. Give the employee a choice of: (a) having the interview without representation or
(b) ending the interview.
•If the employer denies the request for union representation and continues the
meeting, the employee can refuse to answer questions.