Postal group files lawsuit over pay
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 30, 2019
The National Association of Postal Supervisors has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal service on the behalf of nearly 50,000 managers, supervisors, postmasters and other professional and administrative employees who the group says are owed back pay.
The lawsuit specifically represents Executive and Administrative Schedule employees, who are non-bargaining unit workers and operate under a pay-for-performance system.
According to the lawsuit, EAS pay is not comparable to that of the private sector and the pay-for-performance system is “seriously flawed,” which was confirmed by a fact-finding panel that reviewed pay packages from 2016 to 2019.
“…the Postal Service was and is violating the [Postal Reorganization Act of 1970] Act by inadequately compensating its EAS employees in a variety of manners, and that this inadequate compensation contributes to severe morale problems as well as problems with the attraction and retention of qualified supervisors and managers,” the lawsuit states that the panel concluded.
USPS rejected most of the panel’s findings.
“The USPS pay system for its managers and supervisors is broken and inconsistent with the expectations of the law,” said Brian J. Wagner, NAPS. “Given continued USPS resistance to the fair administration of the law, we have no choice but to seek the relief to which all supervisors, managers, and postmasters are entitled,” he added.
NAPS is seeking retroactive pay to compensate all EAS-covered employees at levels equal to comparable private sector positions from Oct. 1, 2015 (the start of the 2016-2019 pay package) to the date of a court’s final judgment in the matter.
The group also wants declaratory relief recognizing NAPS’s right to represent all headquarters and area EAS personnel and all postmasters who are members of NAPS.
View the lawsuit here.