Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Paul Hodes called on the United States Postal Service to present a plan to fully reimburse postal workers for the wages they have lost as a result of managers manipulating their timecards. Several weeks ago, an investigation uncovered a scheme at five New Hampshire postal stations to manipulate workers’ timecards, and the individuals responsible for these actions have yet to be held accountable.
“It has been weeks and the hard-working employees at these post offices are still waiting for answers,” said Congressman Hodes. “The USPS should immediately present a plan to ensure that workers are immediately reimbursed for their lost wages, and that appropriate disciplinary action is taken. Those individuals responsible for cheating New Hampshire families out of hard earned wages must be held accountable.”
Earlier this year, Congressman Hodes wrote to the USPS Inspector General asking for an investigation into claims that management at the Milford Post Office, Manchester South Station, and Manchester West Station had manipulated time cards to cheat workers out of wages to which they were entitled. The investigation revealed that management at these stations and at the Somersworth and Salem post offices had in fact engaged in these practices and denied New Hampshire workers the wages they had earned.
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Postmaster General Potter,
A United States Postal Service (“USPS”) Office of Investigator General (“OIG”) investigation revealed on October 15, 2009 that managers at 5 New Hampshire postal stations were manipulating time sheets in order to underpay workers. I request information on the USPS’s plan of action to respond to this OIG report, whether the USPS plans to reimburse workers, and what steps USPS is taking to ensure that this type of manipulation does not happen again.
In May of this year, I wrote to USPS Inspector General David Williams requesting that his office investigate claims that the United States Postal Service had altered letter carriers’ timesheets on an electronic time system for the last six years. His investigation subsequently revealed that management altered time entries which, according to a letter from Mr. Williams, “resulted in the removal of straight time, overtime night differential and penalty overtime causing employees to be underpaid.” These managers stole time from letter carriers at five New Hampshire postal stations, even as they worked on Christmas Eve.
The USPS must properly reimburse workers for the wages that were taken from them and hold the managers who engaged in these deceitful, unethical practices accountable for their actions. The postal workers in my district deserve answers, and they deserve to be reimbursed for the wages that they have earned. The USPS must put practices in place to make sure that electronic time system manipulation does not happen again, and that those individuals who cheated letter carriers out of hard-earned wages are held accountable. I request that you present a plan to accomplish these goals, and look forward to your reply.