Senators reintroduce bill to strengthen postal workers rights

Sen. Brian Schatz D-HI

Sen. Brian Schatz D-HI

(U.S. SENATE)-Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today reintroduced legislation to strengthen labor rights for American postal workers.

The Postal Employee Appeal Rights Amendment Act provides approximately 7,500 mid-level managers at the U.S. Postal Service the right to appeal adverse actions such as removals, suspensions, reductions in pay, and furloughs to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Currently, these group of managers do not share the same benefit other supervisors, postmasters, and management personal have to appeal labor disputes to the MSPB.

“The Postal Service is critical for folks around the country who count on timely delivery every single day,” Tester said. “When we strengthen the working conditions for postal workers we improve overall employee morale-boosting the quality of delivery standards and saving ratepayer money.”

“Our postal workers are some of the hardest working people in the country, and they all deserve fair employee rights.” Schatz said. “Our legislation will clarify the intent of the Postal Employee Appeal Rights Act of 1987 and ensure that all postal managers are able to appeal personnel matters before a neutral third-party.

“Approximately 7,500 USPS mid-level management employees do not possess the right to appeal adverse personnel actions to the Merit Systems Protection Board, despite the intent of Congress to confer such rights to most USPS management personnel through legislation passed in 1987. Said Louis M. Atkins, President of the National Association of Postal Supervisors. “Federal appellate court and MSPB interpretations of the law passed by Congress have narrowly limited the coverage of MSPB appeal rights. This has resulted in unfairness to USPS employees, created unnecessary costs, and in some cases, prevented the disclosure of fraud, waste and abuse. NAPS supports this legislation that serves to correct this due process issue.”

The Merit Systems Protection Board is a, non-partisan, judicial labor relations board in charge of overseeing working conditions for federal employees.

Tester has been a long-time advocate for comprehensive postal reform and last month met with incoming Postmaster General Megan Brennan to identify areas to improve postal delivery standards for rural and urban America.

  • Not Happy

    Tester said. “When we strengthen the working conditions for postal workers we improve overall employee morale-boosting the quality of delivery standards and saving ratepayer money.”

    “Our postal workers are some of the hardest working people in the country, and they all deserve fair employee rights.” Schatz said.

    Describing any level of manager a “worker” is a deliberate misrepresentation. Managers and supervisors are not workers, they are managers. This “piece” of legislation is just PR BS. “Look, we’re trying to protect postal ‘workers’ rights.” All the while promoting legislation that has and will wreck the USPS and cost actual working employees their livelihoods.

  • Nemso

    Most managers are former clerks or carriers who are not really qualified for a management position. They constantly try to violate the rights of the workers they supervise. I don’t feel sorry for them one bit!

  • JG4th

    right…. because you couldn’t advance you cast aspersions….got it.

  • JG4th

    Currently your supervisors and managers are covered by MSPB… this is dealing with the employees at the district and cluster level…. while you may “touch the mail”…. there are other employees that perform work other than touching the mail… I started as a city carrier… I didn’t retire as one… yet I worked at every position I held

  • freecountry

    Hey! Mr. overpaid, pencil pushin’, desk jockey, that is the reason the USPS is losing money from dead weight at the top, is still playing with is computer! Volunteer at the hospital or something and do something with your life…..

  • JG4th

    Yet another 3rd world country heard from…

  • Nemso

    I could’ve advanced if I had wanted to join the ranks of the incompetent, however, I did not. I cast aspersions based on my 29 years experience with postal supervisors.

  • JG4th

    uh huh I get it it’s easier to whine, complain and point fingers instead of at least attempting to make a difference….

  • Nemso

    No, you don’t get it at all. I do make a difference by doing a great job every day regardless of what I have to deal with from above. My customers appreciate me even though my manager doesn’t!

  • JG4th

    yep that’s probably all you can do….real easy job no challenge just show up and collect a paycheck

  • Nemso

    Not an easy job at all, especially if you have a work ethic. You see, most supervisors don’t want to work hard so they push those that already work and let the slackards alone, kinda opposite the way it should be. Most energy should be spent on making those who goof off work, don’t you think?

  • JG4th

    That was my focus when I was a supv. Manage the 2 to 3% that needed it.
    btw I was a carrier. ..it was never a hard job

  • Nemso

    Sounds like you might be one of the few good supervisors, I’m not saying all are bad, just most in my experience. And the job gets hard for a 61 year old woman. I recently had to lug a dehumidifier, printer, tires doubled up and banded together. Glad I’m almost retired!

  • JG4th

    I think the difference might be I worked in the fastest growing area of the country and carried and supervised in numerous units throughout the city…. I was a firm but fair supervisor and I did it the right way… thanking those for a good job and correcting those that didn’t do a good job. I spent 4+ years as a NALC steward and later on I was also a NAPS rep…

  • Nemso

    Are you retired? Too bad if so, you were one in a million!

  • JG4th

    I retired 1/1/12 thank you for the compliment…

  • freecountry

    Ya, right. I was raised to work for a living. And nobody sitting in a heated and air conditioned office ever worked. And you said earlier that you left because you couldn’t afford to retire on a carriers retirement. Now we know why the USPS is in trouble. With people like you that can’t “make it” on $3700….. Nuff said

  • JG4th

    Uh huh

  • freecountry

    Typical response from someone who couldn’t handle the work and retreated to the protection of a padded chair. And glad to see you admit that you couldn’t handle the hard work and took the easy way out. Nuff said…..

  • JG4th

    Right I get it you couldn’t so you glorify what you can….meanwhile you are still working and I am living the dream debt free and money in the bank. ..nuff said

  • freecountry

    AGAIN you show your ignorance! But I did in 1984 and 1985! But you aren’t allowed to be a supervisor. You are a puppet and if you don’t do what you are told you get pounded and disgraced. And I have to treat people with respect and you can’t do that as a puppet. So I told them to stick it where the moon don’t glow. Oh, I too am debt free and money in the bank but I did it the right way. I worked for it. It was 35 below here this year, where were you when us HARD WORKERS were doing the job? NUFF SAID..

  • JG4th

    Lol you’re funny. …I wasn’t allowed? to be a supv? Really?

  • Mr.Postman

    Who cares about these overpaid leeches in middle management who are never demoted or fired for misdeeds or incompetence only moved to other positions,how about more important business,like confirming the 5 BOG nominations! Brennan and the brass on top desperately need more oversight and a bill needs to be passed that gets rid of that onerous $5.5 tax masquerading as pre-funding employee healthcare for 70 years!

  • freecountry

    NO! You weren’t allowed! You were nothing but a puppet. You do what you are told by the OIC or the Postmaster or there is hel_ to pay. I had more say as a four striper in the USAF than you had as a supposed boss. And you couldn’t have delivered long in the “115-120 degrees.” Cause you couldn’t handle it and ran inside with your tail between your legs to get into the A/C. Remember?

  • JG4th

    Now I get it…you couldn’t cut it. So now you project your inability as someone else’s. …

  • Zeus

    Yep, promotions are based mostly on nepotism and who you are blowing and not based on merit and the employee’s record.