Update on the GOP Government Shutdown: Possible Impacts on Postal Workers

The Mail Handlers Union has provided this list of aspects of the GOP’s government shutdown, and how they may impact mail handlers and other postal workers:

NPMHU_logo(October 4, 2013) As a result of the ongoing government shutdown, please make note of the below captioned list of government managed benefits and their possible impact on Mail Handlers.  We will continue to monitor the impact of this action on federal agencies.  If the shutdown is prolonged, additional information will be compiled, updated, and distributed as warranted.

Impact of Federal Government Shutdown on Mail Handlers

  • Health Insurance (FEHB) – No impact expected, although new enrollments or changes in coverage, for example because of a Qualifying Life Event, may be delayed at OPM.
  • Retirement (CSRS or FERS) – Retirement Services at the Office of Personnel Management is funded by the Trust Fund, not by annual appropriations, so these employees will still be working normal hours during the government shutdown.
  • Life Insurance (FEGLI) – No impact expected.
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) – No impact expected.
  • Workers’ Compensation (OWCP) – Little impact expected, as most employees at the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program continue working during shutdown.
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – The Board has granted an extension of time to file or serve any document for which the grant of an extension is permitted by law, such that for each day on which the offices are closed, one day shall be added to the time for filing or service of the document.  This extension, however, may not apply to the 6-month period for the filing of charges, 29 U.S.C. 160(b), so it would be prudent to file any charge during the shutdown by faxing a copy of the charge to the appropriate Regional Office.  Moreover, it is the responsibility of the party filing a charge to serve a copy of the charge upon the party against whom the charge is made.
  • Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) – all operations have ceased during the government shutdown.  All deadlines are automatically extended by the number of days the government is shut down, including the usual 30-day deadline for filing initial appeals.  All hearings are postponed, and the AJ will reschedule upon reopening.


  • Ron Belcher

    “Workers’ Compensation (OWCP) – Little impact expected, as most employees at the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program continue working during shutdown.”
    *UPDATE* There is MAJOR impact to the OWCP! as I am trying to collect nearing a month’s worth of compensation from a sustained on the job injury! I was fortunate enough to have been given a phone call telling me that I won’t receive any money. That this would also be the case up to and possibly including a 2 month delay. Source: (415) 241-3599 (the phone # from where I received word. Tried calling that # and met with a recording that the line and office of worker’s comp has been closed due to government shutdown!

  • Sarcasticon

    The GOP Government shutdown? Whoever wrote that is a friggin’ idiot. Do you know why this government was founded as a republic instead of a democracy? It was to protect us from the tyranny of the majority. I’ll bet you don’t even know why that is important, because liberals only care about what’s good for them, not the country.

    There will be no impact on us carriers, and this article was only written as an excuse to make a political statement.

    • postalnews

      Yes, it’s so much better being tyrannized by a minority of lunatics!

      • Billy Bumtrip

        Are you speaking of Postal Managers?

        • postalnews

          No, radical right wing Republicans, mainly the tea baggers. The comment was in response to someone complaining about the headline assigning blame for the shutdown to the GOP.

  • nick

    the impact is, when republicans ruin the unions and everyone works for minimum. this is the goal for tea party types.

  • Billy Bumtrip

    In retrospect what was the impact on Postal Workers? Nil, just scare tactics.