NAPUS Attorney: USPS Is Being Controlled By Bean Counters
Also Warns Postmasters About Using Facebook
Phil Jones, the NAPUS Legal Defense Plan attorney speaking on the final day of the convention:
He complained the USPS is being controlled by bean counters that only are concerned with the bottom line. He referenced the more than 3,000 vacant offices and said that some are being run by PMRs—noncareer employees—instead of Postmasters. “I’ve never seen an organization that was going to be successful base its employment on temporary, nonpermanent employees,” he said. “That is of great concern to me; hopefully some things will change.”
He went on to warn Postmasters of the risks computers pose. He strongly urged them to be careful what they post on their Facebook accounts. “You cannot expect any privacy on your Facebook page,” he said. “If you put something out there that can be viewed as derogatory toward the USPS, a customer or employee, you are opening yourself up to be disciplined.”
Jones also warned everyone of the danger of using their personal computers to check work e-mails from home. Once you use your personal computer to access your office account, the Postal Service now has access to your personal computer’s hard drive. He strongly suggested if you have to work from home, buy another computer with a separate account and dedicate it only to work.
He also said if you receive something via e-mail on your work computer that is not proper, you must immediately respond to the sender and insist he or she not send you anything like this and then you have to inform your MPOO and let him or her know you responded to the sender. “If you don’t,” he advised, “you are hung out there.”