Reports filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission show that the US Postal Service paid employees over $28 million in arbitration settlements in the first three months of the fiscal year. That’s actually an improvement over the prior year- in the first quarter of FY 2011, the USPS spent over $52 million settling arbitrations.
Clerks received $12.7 million, city carriers $10.5 million, while mailhandlers and building services employees received about $2.5 million. Rural carriers received $459 thousand.
In addition to arbitration awards listed for bargaining unit employees, the USPS reported exactly $1 million charged to USPS Headquarters, which suggests a single lump sum award.
Expenses related to the arbitration process cost the USPS a further $697 thousand, down from the $1.3 million the agency spent in the same period a year ago.