Update: No exception for USPS in Trump hiring freeze order

Update: On January 31 2017, the Trump regime excluded the USPS from the hiring freeze.

NBC News has posted a copy of the Trump hiring freeze executive order. The order, as reported earlier, excludes only military personnel. The order is to apply “across the board in the executive branch”. The US Postal Service, by law, is defined as an “independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States”. (As we’ve noted before, the word “independent” simply means that the USPS is not part of a cabinet department).

The order specifically states that the freeze “applies to all executive departments and agencies regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding…” The order also warns that “Contracting outside the Government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted”.

There is a loophole of sorts in the order- agency heads may exempt “positions that it [sic] deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities. In addition, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may grant exemptions from this freeze where those exemptions are otherwise necessary”.

  • BH

    So, what is my current course of action? I’ve been informed to resign from my current position today. It now sounds like I’m going to be out of work. I’ve already contacted the staffing specialist listed in the email with no response.

  • Cris

    So what does this mean for CCAs?

  • Postal Pete

    Who knows? the NALC is dragging on their negotiations on a new CBA that began 11 months ago into this year and probably past the 1 year mark and refuse to inform the members what is holding it up.The NPMHU reached a tentative agreement last month that says all MHA’s with 2 years will become Full-Time Regulars.

  • Jay

    Can’t be promoted

  • Bryan Graham

    What’s it mean for PSE’s, especially ones whose initial 360 days will soon be up? Are there any protections from this in our new contract?

  • LetherNick

    Latest data from BLS (2015) shows postal workers with a median age of 50 ½. The hiring freeze only means that more work will be handled with less people. When someone retires, gets sick or dies – their work is shared with the rest of the unit. This overload will start taking its toll on an aging workforce and – soon enough, more eligible employees will look for ways to hit the door before they get sick or die. And with a minimum of 182,000 postal workers over the age of 55, it is safe to assume the retirement door may fly off the hinges. In terms of all crafts, that comes out to about 9,000 postmasters, 76,000 clerks and 106,000 carriers. (Sorry couldn’t find a breakdown for Mail Handlers, Postal Police, Supervisors, Managers, Headquarters, etc.). Round it up to about 200,000 employees eligible to retire and … a giant whole of workforce experience will suck the Service out of Postal. USPS should immediately begin discussions with OPM and get a distinct clarification or full exemption from Trump’s order. The Postal Service is that “limited circumstance” and required by law to meet its legal obligations to provide universal and quality service at affordable rates. USPS needs to maintain its ability to hire at will in order to maintain its duty and legal obligations under the existing law and provide the standards of service without further limitations. And looking at the hiring freeze from a fiscal only perspective, it is clear that Trump’s order has no reasonable justification over taxpayer-less USPS. This will cripple the Postal Service without saving a taxpayer cent.

  • F. Gordon

    “This memorandum does not abrogate any collective bargaining agreement in effect on the date of the memorandum.” The last sentence would indicate that current PSEs, CCAs and MHAs, whose conversions are governed under their respective collective bargaining agreements and MOUs would not be affected. The hiring of new temporary workforce employees may be halted.

  • Ram Hoek

    anyone know how this affects new hires still within 90 day probation?

  • chuckwalla

    You’re fine, already hired just be sure and pass probation.

  • LetherNick

    Latest data from BLS (2015) shows postal workers with a median age of 50 ½. The hiring freeze only means that more work will be handled with less people. When someone retires, gets sick or dies – their work is shared with the rest of the unit. This overload will start taking its toll on an aging workforce and – soon enough, more eligible employees will look for ways to hit the door before they get sick or die. And with a minimum of 182,000 postal workers over the age of 55, it is safe to assume the retirement door may fly off the hinges. It comes out to about 9,000 postmasters, 76,000 clerks and 106,000 carriers. (Sorry couldn’t find a breakdown for Mail Handlers, Postal Police, Postal Inspectors, Supervisors, Managers, Headquarters, etc.). Round it up to about 200,000 employees eligible to retire and … a giant whole of workers with experience will suck the Service out of Postal. USPS should immediately begin discussions with OPM and get a distinct clarification or full exemption from Trump’s order. The Postal Service is that “limited circumstance” and required by law to meet its obligations to provide universal and quality service at affordable rates. USPS needs to maintain its ability to hire in order to maintain its duty and legal obligations under the existing law and provide the standards of universal service without further limitations. And looking at the hiring freeze from a fiscal only perspective, it is clear that Trump’s order has no reasonable justification over taxpayer-less USPS. This will cripple the Postal Service without saving a taxpayer cent.

  • http://postalnews.com/ hollywood

    When veterans and elderly people start getting their medicine a week late due to staffing problems things will get interesting .

  • Jessica

    This is great news! 50 some odd districts with a bunch of so called “operations support” fat cats that may actually have to get off their dairy aires and produce for the company. Hopefully the days of these overpaid, suitcoats will come to an end. Why so many districts? These folks are not support to the field they hide in their offices and bully, intimidating folks on telecoms 100 of miles away with a complete unrealistic agenda. Its a shame how the Postal Service is being managed from DC down to the districts. Too much FAT. Drain the SWAMP. Start closing districts.

  • Melissa

    This is my question too. I come up on my 360 day next month, and can’t find anything that states whether the reappointment is considered a new hiring or not.

  • tabletman

    FYI it MHA with 2.5 years will become Full-Time Regular. Not 2 years

  • Ben

    From USPS?

  • Krista

    I’m the top CCA and their is a vacant route. Looked like I was going to make regular anytime. Guessing I won’t get switched over and will have to keep working these crappy hours.

  • Anne Goggin Mooneyham

    It doesn’t say it is a FOREVER hiring freeze. Just do your job and let things work out.

  • Bert

    Don’t resign, let them lay you off and you’ll be recalled eventually. Collect unemployment.

  • Wondering

    I think BH meant resign from his non-Postal position to be hired at USPS. It sounds like he has not officially been hired at USPS yet.

  • Ram Hoek

    thanx ‘Chuck’…PM