Darrell Issa, the self-appointed “watchdog” of the US Postal Service, today introduces new provisions in his so-called “reform” act that would reverse existing RIF rules, forcing the most senior postal workers to be laid off first. Issa’s bill had already included provisions throwing out collective bargaining rights, saddling the USPS with up to $10 billion in additional debt, and creating two new federal bureaucracies to “oversee” the USPS.
The new provision requires the USPS to RIF all retirement eligible employees prior to laying off any workers not yet eligible for a pension, and to RIF the most senior of them first:
(ii) GENERAL RULE.—A reduction in force under this subsection shall not result in the separation of any non-retirement-eligible employee before a retirement-eligible employee.
(iii) LENGTH OF SERVICE.—In determining the order for the separation of competing retirement-eligible employees, individuals shall be separated in descending order based on length of service.
The law would also prohibit severance payments for such employees, who would also be forbidden from being reemployed by the USPS as long as a non-retirement eligible person was available. The revised RIF pecking order would apply only to bargaining unit employees.
Issa will introduce his amended bill at a meeting of his oversight committee this afternoon. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 EDT, and will be streamed live.