Legislation introduced in the Senate this week by Jon Tester (D-MT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) (S. 606) would give approximately 7,500 mid-level managers at the U.S. Postal Service the right to appeal adverse actions such as removals, suspensions, reductions in pay, and furloughs to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
Currently, these groups of managers do not share the same benefit other supervisors, postmasters, and management personal have to appeal labor disputes to the MSPB.
“The Postal Service is critical for folks around the country who count on timely delivery every single day,” Tester said. “When we strengthen the working conditions for postal workers we improve overall employee morale-boosting the quality of delivery standards and saving ratepayer money.”
“Our postal workers are some of the hardest working people in the country, and they all deserve fair employee rights.” Schatz said. “Our legislation will clarify the intent of the Postal Employee Appeal Rights Act of 1987 and ensure that all postal managers are able to appeal personnel matters before a neutral third-party.”