USPS pays employee to drive letter carrier who lost license due to DUI

From Lancaster (PA) Online:

What happens if you lose your license due to a drunk driving arrest, and you have to drive a truck for your job?

If you are a U.S. Postal Service employee, your boss just pays somebody else to drive you around for a while.

That’s what has happened in Lititz, where James E. Avers, 34, of Mount Joy, has been getting a paid chauffeur to drive him until he gets his suspended license back, after pleading guilty to four counts of drunken driving in 2013.

His 2011 DUI arrest in East Hempfield Township was Avers’ second  for drunk driving, according to court records.

Postal service spokesman David Walton acknowledged that Avers is pairing up with another employee, who drives to a designated spot, and then both deliver mail.

Walton denied that a worker sometimes is simply acting as Avers’ driver, as the two sources familiar with the situation described.

“If he wasn’t productive, we wouldn’t be allowing this,” he said.

Read more: U.S. Postal Service pays employee to drive letter carrier who lost license due to DUI – LancasterOnline: Local News.

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  • Joe Golonka

    So what’s the big deal? Both employees are working productively delivering mail. Perhaps the writer of this piece should become familiar with Article 29 of the USPS/NALC Contract, which, along with National Arbitrator Snow’s award, requires this sort of accommodation. In fact, this practice is quite common and should be commended.

  • Rachel O’Bannon Garner

    Not drinking & driving & putting others in danger would be commended!!!

  • Solar D

    Yeah, this is totally misleading. Carriers do park and loop, meaning they park the truck and walk a street, go back to truck and walk next street (without moving the truck). So there are two guys in same vehicle delivering 2 routes in a day, I am sure. If this wasn’t the case, the USPS would have to figure out some other arrangement for the affected carrier.

  • eric cartman

    make him a suopervisor. most of them are drunks too!

  • MikeS

    Done this in my office too. 2 carriers drive in one vehicle on a park and loop and do both of their routes. Yea, the article is misleading If they don’t start replacing vehicles soon we all will be sharing vehicles this way to get our routes done.

  • diane

    Well at least they are not driving with a suspened license. We have had drivers with suspended licenses driving trains for the T.

  • Tobychili

    Were you drunk when you wrote this?

  • Dan

    We were so desperate yesterday that we brought in a new CCA from another office. He had only been hired 4 days earlier. He had no LLV license or training but they told him to go ahead and drive one all day in spite of that.

  • CALI CCA

    Im a CCA The supervisors are using us who dont land opts to drive the dui employee around. Even when I had an opt I still ha to drive him around. I filed a greivance. If he works his day off I have to drive him back to office by 430 then finish whats left. ( forcing me to curtail and or get help) He has a dui class on an advo day. So go figure gonna curtail advos to make his class. It got me a no leave 14 day suspesion on paper. Griev that one too. Im actually sick of doing it and plan to opt anything to avoid driving miss daisy. I am capable of delivering a RT and a swing full coverage and make it back. But pairing up is complicating my work gettin me in trouble and im sick of it. I dont even drink this is complete BS!

  • newone

    In my office they pay the employee. The employee hires someone from the outside and they have to pass background checks and be fingerprinted. The the employee is responsible for paying the driver.

  • newone

    Sorry. USPS pays the employee. The non-USPS person must pass the background checks, and the rural carrier pays them out of pocket.