NAPS Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Postal Service Over Pay and Representation of 49,000 Management Personnel

From NAPS:

On Friday, July 26, 2019, the National Association of Postal Supervisors filed a complaint in federal district court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the U.S. Postal Service for its failure to pay its supervisors, managers, and other professional and administrative employees in accordance with federal law, which, among other things, requires compensation comparable to the private sector and requires an adequate differential in pay between supervisors and the clerks and carriers they supervise.

The Association also asked the court to overturn the Postal Service’s refusal to recognize the rights of postmasters and headquarters and area personnel to be represented by NAPS. NAPS filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia following unanimous approval of the filing of the lawsuit by the Association’s Executive Board.

The lawsuit represents a new chapter in the ongoing dispute between NAPS and the Postal Service over pay for the almost-50,000 managers, supervisors, postmasters and other professional and administrative employees employed by the Postal Service and paid under its Executive and Administrative Schedule (EAS). The lawsuit follows the Postal Service’s rejection of most of the findings and recommendations of a factfinding panel convened by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, at the request of NAPS, to review the 2016-2019 pay package issued by the Postal Service in 2018. The panel found that EAS compensation was not comparable to private sector compensation, that the pay-for-performance system is seriously flawed,” and that the current Supervisory Differential Adjustment is unreasonably calculated and inadequate.

NAPS’s lawsuit seeks retroactive pay to compensate all EAS-covered employees at levels equal to comparable private sector positions from October 1, 2015 (the start of the 2016-2019 pay package) to the date of the court’s final judgment in the matter, along with other relief to align EAS pay policies with what the law requires. In addition, NAPS seeks declaratory relief recognizing NAPS’s right to represent all headquarters and area EAS personnel and all postmasters who are members of NAPS.

“The USPS pay system for its managers and supervisors is broken and inconsistent with the expectations of the law,” said Brian J. Wagner, president of the National Association of Postal Supervisors. “Given continued USPS resistance to the fair administration of the law, we have no choice but to seek the relief to which all supervisors, managers, and postmasters are entitled,” he said.

Text of the NAPS complaint (.pdf file)

  • tsumani

    Many(not all) of the supervisors are carriers who were below par.
    You want to pay them more?? Pleeezzzeee!

  • Nathan

    I mean lately most supervisors are CCA’s that only have had like 6 months or so carrying experience then get tossed into a “204B” slot because they were so exceptional at their jobs already. How about earn some respect , prior to thinking you should get a fat pay increase for sitting around answering phones and playing solitaire for hours…..

  • Kerry Davis

    Your supervisors have 6 mths experience ?
    Ours have between 2wks and 2mths if we are lucky

  • Sam

    Hi Nathan and Kerry,
    If the acting or regular supervisor’s in your office’s are new on the job and lack Postal experience _____ it tells me that the current longer term employees at your office either do not want to be a supervisor or the current employees are a bunch of stiffs with poor attendance and poor work performance records and not worthy of moving up.. I worked for the post office for 36 years and Never asked to be moved higher, ___ yet higher and higher positions were thrown at me by Postmasters and District managers because I did each and every position very well. If you want to move up ___ you have to look like (appearance) and demonstrate you are worthy of moving up with your performance.
    PS: 204B is only paid about $8 per day extra for putting up with the stress of dealing disgruntled workers.

  • Sam

    Postal postmasters and supervisors are not paid any overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week They work for a flat rate yearly salary.

  • Padilla

    I am a postal worker for the past 35 years. I work in the HQ division. My pay is also flat rate regardless if i work over 40 hours per week. I went into management knowing this and knowing that increases can be frozen. I don’t understand why they are complaining if they knew this. If they don’t like it, give it up and become a clerk, where you can work overtime and give it to someone else, who would be appreciative.