PRC Issues Order Denying Postmasters Complaint Over Management Of Post Offices

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued a decision to deny a complaint by NAPUS and the League of Postmasters to renew an expedited complaint or a request a stay to prevent the Postal Service’s Final Rule from going into effect on December 1, 2011.  The PRC did grant the Postmaster associations the right to re-file a complaint.

The Postal Regulatory Commission Issues Order Denying Motion for Renewal and Alternative Request for a Stay of the Effective Date.

Effective December 1, 2011, this change will allow the Postal Service to convert a Post Office into, or replace it with, another type of USPS-operated retail facility (including changing it to a station or branch) without following the discontinuance process. The change would also make it possible to change the staffing of a Post Office such that it is staffed only part-time by a Postmaster, or not staffed by a Postmaster at all, but rather by another type of USPS employee, and it would not be a discontinuance action.

The other “final rule” change would also allow a Post Office to be operated or managed by a Postmaster or by another type of postal employee at the direction of a Postmaster, including when the Postmaster is not physically present.

Leaders of both Postmaster organizations will confer with legal counsel next week to consider their options. Additional information on this very important issue will be provided as it becomes available.

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8 thoughts on “PRC Issues Order Denying Postmasters Complaint Over Management Of Post Offices

  1. Postmasters are the most irrelevant employee in the PO. You could replace them all with $50,000 clerks. Your getting about 50% of their work output for 100% of their pay. You could lay half of them off and not miss a beat.

  2. And Nat King Cole sang:

    The party’s over
    It’s time to call it a day
    They’ve burst your pretty balloon
    And taken the moon away
    It’s time to wind up the masquerade
    Just make your mind up the piper must be paid

    The party’s over
    The candles flicker and dim
    You danced and dreamed through the night
    It seemed to be right just being with him
    Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
    Take off your makeup, the party’s over
    It’s all over, my friend
    It’s all over, my friend

  3. Good reorganization effort.

    Abe Lincoln was a postmaster at one time, back when the po was located in the general store.

    And during colonial days, the po was in the local tavern.

    So the village concept is worth a try.

  4. Don’t forget that level 11 and 13 postmasters earn less then a clerk.. rightly so…as their work load is less. Guess they intend to replace PM’s with PSE’s. Wonder if they will let a (0ld) clerk replace a PM.

  5. Hope they fire all postmasters. All they do is cost the.P.O. money cause they dont know what there doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Excellent decision by PRC. Many smaller offices located within 6-7 mile radius of larger office is a waste paying PM salary. Basically do clerk work such as retail and box mail. The fraternal order of league and NAPUS will exert ppolitcal influence to over rule.

  7. I think it’s funny that some postmasters work on the window these days. Come to think of it why do they need a postmaster then?

  8. Postal managment will misread this into thinking, “Oh, no. I’ll have to actually work instead of taking four hour lunches and writing up daily reports that are useless. They will find out later (much like APWU members found out the hard way) that the devil’s in the details. Post offices will close down and window outlets will open in stores, libraries, etc. They will be staffed by two clerks, one probably a head clerk that orders stamps and counts money, etc.

    I would not want to be a postmaster of supervisor in the Post Office right now. Unless you have a LOT of seniority.

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