APWU Requests Day Off for Postal Workers on Dec. 24

The American Postal Workers Union released the following: 

After President Bush issued an Executive Order granting non-essential federal employees a day off on Dec. 24, 2007, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) quickly announced that the order did not apply to postal employees.

OPM wrote, “The Executive Order excuses most Executive Branch employees from duty on Dec. 24. The day off does not affect Postal Service workers, nor does it include Executive Branch employees whose agencies determine they cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other essential public need.”

Despite the exclusion of postal employees from President Bush’s order, I have officially asked [PDF] the postmaster general, in the spirit of the season, to grant postal employees a day off on Dec. 24, 2007.

As I reminded the PMG, postal employees are no less deserving of recognition for their outstanding service than other federal workers.