NAPS Analysis of Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Bill

The National Association of Postal Supervisors, representing over 28,000 active and retired supervisory and managerial employees of the United States Postal Service, supports the passage of comprehensive postal reform that ends the financial crisis afflicting the Postal Service and provides a foundation for future stability and growth.

NAPS believes that comprehensive postal reform should embrace short-term and long-term solutions. The immediate crisis facing the Postal Service is largely due to past actions taken by Congress. Short-term solutions should correct those errors and aim at restoring financial solvency. Longer-term solutions, meanwhile, should aim to fortify revenue and provide wider authority to the Postal Service to transform itself and sell innovative products and services. While no single action will solve the Postal Service’s problems, NAPS believes that four key solutions lie at the heart of comprehensive postal reform:

• Repeal or modify the retiree health prefunding requirement
• Return pension overfunding to the Postal Service
• Preserve Saturday delivery and other delivery standards
• Authorize the Postal Service to sell additional products and services

NAPS provides these comments in response to the legislation, entitled the “Postal Reform Act of 2013,” cosponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), ranking member of the HSGAC. NAPS believes that the legislation falls short of the progress made by the Senate in its passage of S. 1789 during the 112th Congress. While we compliment Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Coburn for their bipartisan efforts, we believe the bill should be revised in conformance with the following comments. Our comments are organized by section of the bill and incorporate descriptions of the provisions contained in the section-by-section summary prepared by HSGAC staff.

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USPS wants to eliminate indefinite saved salary for RIFed supervisors and postmasters

From the League of Postmasters:

LEAGUE Office Receives Proposal to Revise Salary Protection Provisions in the ELM

On January 28, 2011 the LEAGUE office received a letter from John Cavallo, Manager Labor Relations regarding a proposed change to the salary protection provisions in Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) Section 415, Rate Retention and Change to Lower EAS Grade. Please read the letter carefully.(PDF)

The main change impacting EAS is that those Postmasters/EAS that had salary protection when changed to a lower nonbargaining grade during a Reduction in Force (RIF) avoidance period, a specific RIF notice period, placement in a nonduty, nonpay status for 30 days related to RIF, or to a RIF will not extend beyond two years of saved grade unless the protected salary is below the maximum of the employee’s new grade. If the employee’s salary exceeds the maximum of the new grade upon expiration of the two years of protection is provided in ELM 415, it will be reduced immediately to the maximum of the new grade.

Simply put, the indefinite saved salary would be removed from the ELM. The LEAGUE of Postmasters is adamantly opposed to this revision. Mark Strong, President of the LEAGUE has requested a meeting with PMG Pat Donahoe with regard to these revisions. We are very disappointed that after months of working on DUO and specially addressing RIF in which we were assured that no Postmasters salary would be impacted that less than 30 days later this change has been proposed.

Pursuant to Title 39, U.S. Code, Section 1004 (d) we have 60 days to respond with our recommendations. We will keep all Postmasters informed of the results from the requested meeting with PMG Donahoe and any changes that take place with regard to this proposal to revise Section 415 of the ELM.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and check the LEAGUE Website for updates.

Mark Strong

via National League of Postmasters – Educational.