Video: Senator Tester Says Postal Execs Should Not Receive Outlandish Salaries and Benefits for their work

During  hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on the 21 Century Postal Service Act , Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) pushed to hold the Postmaster General more accountable for the Postal Service’s actions.

“Tester said that public service is “an honor” and that public officials shouldn’t be receiving outlandish salaries and benefits for their work, especially when the Postal Service is facing difficult times. In Fiscal Year 2010, the Postmaster General received $800,000 in total compensation, including over $270,000 in salary and bonuses, despite the fact that the Postal Service lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and has shed nearly 20 percent of its workforce since 2006.”


13 thoughts on “Video: Senator Tester Says Postal Execs Should Not Receive Outlandish Salaries and Benefits for their work

  1. It is very clear to me that no one in congress has looked at the fact that the PO is run by nepotism. All of us know of supervisors who got their jobs due to who your related to not on your merits. I have heard many times from my bosses that ” I’m not a member of the good boys team.” I hear that all the time when I question some new ruling from higher ups that affects us in a poor manner, and I want to know why my manager doesn’t protest? My career at the PO has been dotted with managers and supervisors who were elevated to their positions by family members not by merit. And one more thing age shouldn’t be a guide line for making a boss, lots of people that are young and new to the PO don’t need to be in it for 30 years to see what’s needed to get the job done in the right manner. As a matter of fact maybe some new energy and thoughts might be welcomed.

  2. While I agree with everyone’s stance on management pay I must disagree with all supporters of H.R.1351 this bill is a band aid at best and does nothing to restructure the post office in to a path of financial independence. It is an election year it is very unlikely that any money already considered part of the federal treasury will be coming back into the usps’s purses. As a city letter carrier of 17 years and former steward I have to go with 1789. I have to go with a bill that is the best case scenario for craft employees. We are facing drastic cuts in our wages and benefits in a couple years unless this company shaves off billions in unnecessary spending. We are forfeiting an immediate opportunity to get this company back in the black with any other proposed bill. 1789 includes a return of 7 billion returned to the post office and a “gradual” conversion to five day delivery which polls across the nation show 73% of Americans support. The best chances my fellow carriers just in the door have of keeping their jobs is if the USPS gets back to financial strength, otherwise with the other band aids proposed I see them leaving within two years anyway. My vote and that of most carriers on these blogs is for a bill that will help preserve my current hard earned pay and will allow the post office to provide me with my hard earned retirement benefits in ten years. H.R. 1789 🙂

  3. Management in the USPS just negotiated with themselves and awarded their salaries with a 6.5% pay increase. The majority in management are now whining that it’s not enough and deserve more. Not including their bonuses and perks. It’s time to shake off the blood sucking leaches so the post office can heal. FIRE ALL MANAGEMENT BEFORE THEY SELL US ALL OUT TO THE PRIVATIZING VULTURES!!!

  4. Get this. The station manager was given his job at international station in Seattle Washington by his parents who both where high level EAS managers in Denver. This was his 1st job in the post office. Normally you have 20 years or more before you make it to this level. The father retired and the mother gave him a subcontracted outsourced job for the USPS. While getting a postal pension he is a civilian contractor doing mystery shopper surveys for his son’s station. You don’t have to guess who got the most bonuses in Seattle. This is why if you lined up the 6 foot desks in a row of the 110,000 managers it would be 125 miles long. I say fire every single person that doesn’t work or support the mail stream. The savings from not having to do collective bargaining with these inbred thieves will pay for 3 more window clerks in every station nationwide. No more lines!!!

  5. Who is at the helm of this sinking ship? Is it the titanic like management says or the bounty like I say? You can either be forced to be drowned by the 5day iceberg or force the officers off the ship to a deserted island to fend for themselves. LET THEM EAT EACH OTHER! I am glad our union has taken this step to use an alternate source of accountability to point the finger at the real culprit of our mis-managed postal service.

  6. When 99% of your entire management team has been promoted from within this is what you get. Nepotism is rampant in the USPS. The salaries may have been frozen, but the Details to different positions that include per diem & travel have not. Just another way to milk this baby for all she has. What qualifications do 90% of the managers and postmasters have? Family, good ole boys, and EEOs that is the qualifications to get promoted.

  7. It’s a very sad situation that a goverment agency as large as any fortune 500 company has a window clerk leading it. I can’t believe that the President who’s really the boss of the PO doesn’t find a former CEO who’s retired and doesn’t really care about the money to lead the service. Maybe I’m being dumb but if they can find former excec’s to be heads of other agencies why not the PO? What this company needs is a person with some business sense, a proven product. Some one with some real experience!

  8. Just as long as the arbitrators are regulated by the NLRB or the PRC and not a phony commission to stall the government action in their favor. Just like Issa’s kill our Postal service commission. I have been watching H.R. 1351,s progress every day and can’t help but wonder why with 226 cosponsors it has seen no action for over 2 months now. Why hasn’t the bill been reported by committee while the Issa Ross bill H.R.. 2309 has 1 cosponsor and is further along? Or is 2309 just to run out the clock on 1351. Our American voters will not stand for this and will remember this in 2012. The only fix for this is to separate management and craft. Management should have no authority over craft at all. Let us see if they can work for their salaries. They will be responsible for customer service and increasing revenue for their check. If they can’t generate at least their salary in revenue then they are terminated. Just like in the private sector which they are trying to turn the postal service into. The only solution is to fire all management and labor to take over. Labor was doomed when you voted to trade the right to strike for cost of living allowances.

  9. Management has increased 28% since 2000 and the workers have decreased 20%. This is why customer service has fallen. . Now they want to decrease our ranks by 220.000. That leaves about 400,000 to do real work. If management gets their way again this means 1 boss for every 4 workers. It was 1 for 55 when a stamp was 23 cents. Even with HR 1351 passing this won’t keep management from destroying our postal service. They will continue increasing their ranks and paying their bloated salaries with our jobs. Management will still close plants and stop universal service to pay their bonuses’. We still here congressmen telling Donabloe how good of a job he is doing. I don’t see it! I say FIRE DONAHOE! And get rid of the middle man. LOCK OUT ALL MANAGEMENT! Create a new t6 position for daily operations and have the 6 most senior carriers switch off every day. This way we will be managed by our peers and not make work inbred micro- managers. The current management scam has no accountability and think the postal service needs them. WE DON’T! The other crafts can do the same.
    Eliminate 110,000 managers equals 7 billion 150 million dollars in savings. Create 10k new t6’s to replace management costs only 500 million. This is what our union should be pushing for. Then we won’t have to negotiate with a middle man like we are with management. It will be with an arbitrator. It goes to arbitration every contract anyway.

  10. “In a year when the U.S. Postal Service lost more than $5 billion, former Postmaster General John E. Potter still received more than a quarter-million dollars thanks to a hefty deferred-compensation package, a “lifetime achievement award” and a severance deal, records show. What’s more, the cash-strapped Postal Service still owes more than $800,000 to Mr. Potter – the result of years of incentive awards that were deferred to avoid running afoul of federal compensation caps. PMG Patrick Donahoe, received no bonus for 2011, but did receive $30,000 in incentive payments based on awards that were deferred until this year. According to the report, Mr. Donahoe can earn an extra $103,815 in 2012 depending on his and the Postal Service’s performance. Other top postal executives can earn amounts ranging from $86,250 to $89,525 if they meet performance goals.”

    Knock Knock? who’s there? reason, reason who? i got a million reasons why you shouldn’t get a “lifetime achievement award” dime.

    Management has been running afoul for far to long, about time they get BITCH SLAPPED.

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