Postal Supervisors Alerts Congress to Possible Pay Abuse by USPS

National Association of Postal Supervisors
Postal Legislative/Regulatory Update

January 29, 2010

The National Association of Postal Supervisors has warned key Senate and House leaders of potential abuse that may occur in the Postal Service’s administration of its pay-for-performance system covering 75,000 USPS managers, supervisors and postmasters.   Such abuse, NAPS projects, could result in a salary loss of at least $500 to $800 by each affected employee, effective February 5.
In letters to the chairmen of the Senate and House panels that oversee the Postal Service, NAPS President Ted Keating warned, “Based upon anecdotal information learned by our members in the field, we have reason to believe that lax enforcement by upper-level management within the Postal Service of pay-for-performance goals could arbitrarily reduce the performance assessments and salary increases of an unspecified number of management employees … Any action by the Postal Service that revises performance goals at the end of a performance period unfairly moves the goalposts and undermines confidence in the validity of pay-for-performance.”
The Postal Service on February 5 is slated to provide notification to each management employee of his or her 2009 increase in base salary, based upon the attainment of pre-set performance goals and objectives under the National Performance Assessment (the USPS pay-for-performance system) for the 2009 fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2009.  Those performance goals have been set through a negotiated pay agreement reached between the Postal Service, NAPS and the two other management associations. The pay agreement conditions a management employee’s receipt of any annual salary increase upon that employee’s success in achieving or exceeding the pre-set performance goals and objectives.
NAPS is strongly encouraging all its members and other EAS employees who believe their performance goals to have been wrongly adjusted, once they receive word of their salary adjustment on February 5, to file an appeal through eRecourse, the USPS internal appeal process. For Information on eRecourse and filing an appeal, click here.
“eRecourse will be our member’s first avenue of appeal,” Keating explained.  “If any improper adjustment of pre-set goals is not made right through eRecourse, we will go to Congress for correction,” he promised.
In recent letters to Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Keating noted that NAPS has “received no assurance from the Postal Service that it intends to follow-through and award salary increases based upon the previously-set performance goals — goals on which management employees aligned their sights and worked hard to attain, achieving some of the highest levels of service attained by the Postal Service.” 
“While all postal managers and supervisors are deeply concerned about the Postal Service’s financial condition, the same concerns did not dissuade the Postal Service from awarding significant salary increases — in the tens of thousands of dollars — to many of its executive-level employees during the past year,” Keating added. 

9 thoughts on “Postal Supervisors Alerts Congress to Possible Pay Abuse by USPS

  1. I can’t help but laugh at some of the post that are here. It is clearly that the people that post here are more ignorant than many of the management personnel. Perhaps they should should stop listening to their Union’s story and see the facts. The USPS is the only company in the US that has to go through a rigorous process to remove employees that do not perform at work being management/craft and is also the only that hires non-skilled workers (people that are un-educated, illiterate or with a very low IQ) that can actually make a good living management/craft and still not good enough for everyone else to see. I just have to laugh at the ignorance of more than half of the employees that work for the USPS, and for their Unions. It is clear that if you work for the USPS and you not satisfied, you probably have never held any other job in your life.

  2. Supervisors: quit crying. You volunteered for this job because you wanted to be a big shot. How does it feel when an agreement has been violated? It happens all the time to the craft in every facility in the country. And yes, you do get paid off the backs of labor.
    You have made your own bed. Feel the squeeze. Delight in the pain.
    Why don’t you relax and and enjoy the ride. It’s all down hill from here.

  3. Privatize the USPS,too many lazy craft employees.Too many inexperienced EAS, too many upper management liars,and too many ego’s and stupid policies to make sense.The job can be simplified, less management.Contract routes, 6 hour positions, no more health benefits,take the word Service off and everything will be fine. No more Union idiots calling in sick, no more management cheaters .Lets all get on unemployment for the next 2 years.
    Bottom line the USPS had an agreement with their EAS, pay what they were suppossed to get,just like the Unions got what they agreed upon.
    The upper level executives who falsely and cowardly lowered the pay outs should all be fired for what they did.
    Id like to see Jack Potter be investigated by Congress and explain why this happened.
    Yes the economy is bad, but are the Yankees asking A-Rod to take a pay cut? Are your water bills being lowered?Is the gas getting cheaper, is your houses value appreciating?
    Lastly to the douche bag who made it sound like all managers were falsifying clock rings, that does happen unfortunately but by only a very small fraction compared to the craft workers who have under 8 hours of work daily who dont put in an honest days effort.

  4. hey big daddy i did 33 years both sides of the fence managers steal falsify as do the union people people being relocated with closings managers being given jobs and stuffed away in rooms. big boys when they retire peces and up paid cash for sick leave plus annual free medical for life take free vacations because they can be moved 3 times in the continental usa for free! so they say i wanna go here there after 1 to 2 weeks nah i don’t like it. potter 800 thousand last year it’s a joke. and all postal employees should hit the clock period!!!! NO AUTOMATIC CLOCK RINGS!! PLUS NONE OF THIS I WANNA LEAVE 4 HOURS EARLY AND GET PAID WITHOUT USING LEAVE THATS STEALING!!

  5. I feel that if you have a policy in place such as pay- for- performance you should follow its guide lines or do away with it. Find something else thats works better or go back to step inceases. They should remember that we as managers and supervisors never ask for this pay-for-performance policy. Maybe what they are doing now with it is what they had in mind when they came up with it.

  6. I’m tired of hearing about how management is getting away with this and that . If it is happening then its at a level above the front line supervisors. The employees forget easily those that take care of their pay, help them when they need time off to get something done and make all the calls needed to get them helped. If you look at what we do as supervisors and what our counterparts do in the civilian sector then it would become evident that we are being grossly under paid. the employees get contracted pay increases while we have to figure out ways to get the same thing. They say we do it on the backs of the employees but when was the last time a craft emlpoyee did anything without being instructed prior to getting the Unions O.K.?

    The supervisors are showing little regard for the current financial crisis is a joke. We have to deal with the same issues as everyone else. We are told to get the same amount of mail moved with less people and resources (which effects our pay increases) but the craft employees don’t care as long as they are getting paid. We bear the ridicule by our bosses for not getting the job done but the craft employees that call in don’t care because they are getting paid. The front line supervisors are well aware of the present financial crisis but to us it seems that the craft are the ones who don’t because if they did then they would ensure that the mail moved better than it ever did before ensuring that we all have jobs in the future instead of complaining because they get discipline for not doing what they are supposed to be doing.

    Look in the mirror and see if you are doing what you are being paid to do and don’t think that less than 100% of effort constitutes you do your job.

  7. “salary loss of at least $500 to $800 by each affected employee”


    will these managers/supervisors ever stop crying???

  8. the supervisors are clearly showing little regard for the current financial situation the postal system is in . i hope congress is listening and will investigate how the current management team is handling this crisis.
    pay for performance is a broken system born on the backs of every letter carrier working today. supervisors routinely disregard agreements reached by the union in favor of ones that benefit themselves. it is an outrage to people that handle the mail on a daily basis that supervisors and managers benefit from others hard work.
    please look further into this mess created by management and save the postal service from the short minded individuals currently in charge

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