By The Associated Press
5:44 PM AKST, December 24, 2011
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is standing by a decision to return about 1,200 pieces of mail sent to employees as part of a union-organizing drive, saying the items weren't properly addressed.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the mailers were sent by the Alaska State Employees Association. They had the name of individual employees, but not specific on-campus addresses.
ASEA organizer Sam Rhodes said in an email to UAF Mail Services that there was a "conscious decision" not to allow the mailing to reach staff employees. Similar mailers were delivered to more than 1,000 employees at UA's Anchorage and Juneau campuses.
UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes say the Fairbanks campus post office was simply following its policy and that its approach was appropriate.