U.S. Postal Service employee group has sued the mailing agency over its pay system, calling it broken and out of line with an assessment from third-party mediators.
The National Association of Postal Supervisors filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for D.C. on behalf of the 45,000 supervisors, managers, postmasters and technical specialists that make up its members. NAPS is seeking pay increases that would be mostly retroactive, covering the period from 2016 through 2019.
The group represents employees covered under the Executive and Administrative Schedule, who are non-bargaining unit workers and operate under a pay-for-performance system. Thirty-eight percent of EAS employees did not receive a pay increase in fiscal 2018 under the current system, according to NAPS President Brian Wagner.
Last year, a NAPS request led to the creation of a “factfinding panel” through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The three-member panel—made up of one individual chosen by the association, one individual chosen by the USPS and one chosen by the other two—found the pay system proposed by the Postal Service failed to meet its statutory requirement that compensation be comparable to the private sector, sufficient to attract and retain supervisors and “sufficiently higher” than the pay provided to the employees they manage.