Federal Manager's Daily Report

Postmasters and postal supervisors are doing less frontline work that is supposed to be reserved for union employees but they continue to do a substantial amount, adding to costs, according to an IG audit.

The audit noted that in December 2014 USPS reached a settlement in a long-running dispute with the American Postal Workers Union over the number of hours postmasters and supervisors spend on bargaining unit-type work. USPS agreed to pay bargaining unit employees if postmasters and supervisors at “level 18” post offices — small to medium-sized facilities — perform more than 15 hours per week of such work.

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The APWU reviews the hours and identifies clerks eligible for payment when supervisory personnel exceed the limit. The Postal Service pays the clerks at the appropriate rate, which could include overtime or other forms of increased pay rates.

However, over the following nine months, postmasters and supervisors exceeded the 15 workhours per week threshold by 829,484 hours, resulting in payments totaling about $11.2 million, with payments to individuals as high as $31,600. This was widespread, it added, occurring in 61 of the 67 postal districts.