USPS announces pay freeze for management, reduced leave accrual for newly hired managers

From USPS News Link:

To help reduce costs, the Postal Service today announced it is freezing Postmaster, manager, administrative and supervisor pay for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. USPS also is changing its sick and annual leave earnings formulas for new hires in these positions.

Effective Jan. 14, 2012, individuals hired from outside the Postal Service as supervisory or managerial employees or as Postmasters will accrue annual and sick leave at different rates than current employees (see table below). The accrual rate for current employees in these positions — as well as current employees who are promoted to these categories in the future — will not change.

This action follows decisions made earlier this year, including an officer and executive pay freeze implemented in July. Last spring, the American Postal Workers Union, which represents 209,834 employees, agreed to a two-year pay freeze and other provisions that will save the Postal Service $3.8 billion over the term of the negotiated labor agreement.

Today’s announcement affects nearly 62,000 Executive and Administrative Schedule (EAS) category employees, including more than 44,000 represented by the Postal Service’s three management associations. The National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) represents 23,385 supervisory and managerial employees. The National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) and the National League of Postmasters of the United States (NLPM) represent 13,741 and 7,271 Postmasters, respectively.

Today’s announcement follows pay consultations with those associations. USPS consults with management associations on pay and benefit packages. Postal Service management employees do not have access to collective bargaining.

The wage freeze also applies to 17,439 additional EAS employees not represented by management associations.

Formula for Earning Sick and Annual Leave (calculated by years of service)

New Hires
(Effective Jan. 14, 2012)

Current Employees

Annual Leave

10 days if less than 5 years

13 days if less than 3 years

15 days if 5 years
but less than 15 years

20 days if more than 3 years
and less than 15 years

20 days if 15 years or more

26 days if more than 15 years

Sick Leave

3 hours per pay period

4 hours per pay period

Note: One pay period equals two weeks. There are 26 pay periods per year.

  • Tom

    Where’s the freeze (or reduction) on the “Executives?”

  • Moe

    Please re-read the line where it says: “…Today’s announcement affects nearly 62,000 Executive and Administrative Schedule (EAS) category employees,…”

    “EAS” is short for “Executive and Administrative Schedule”. The ‘Schedule’ means ‘Pay Schedule’ so this freeze pertains ONLY to Executives and Admin people.

    By ‘executivess’ you might be referring to ‘PCES’ – ‘Postal Career Exceutive Schedule’ – typically the single highest level manager at a postal facility (‘The Big guy’). Their pay was already frozen in Oct 2008.

  • Pround Public Servant

    It is not enough cuts on postal management. They are lobbying congress to dismantle their own workers. They have confussed everyone with their daily flawed data. I believe there should be no incentivies if they do not follow on an agreed contract, which is costly due to their arrogance and lies. Managers have no accountability. Their punishments are never punitive, and they are always rewarding. If they mess up then they get transfered somewhere else to screw it up. Former Postmaster General recieved a 5.5 million dollar bonus upon retirement. Do you think he was really concerned with the financial condition of the postal service before retiring? Do you think he was really concerned about the future of the postal service? It is a great insitution. It has been around over 235 years. Our country was founded with the Postal Department. Why? How? When? Who? will destroy USPS. I am tired of politicians playing poker with our livlihoods. Firing Veterans who served their country? On what terms?Just try to answer some these questions.