The U.S. Postal Service is refusing to unilaterally approve overtime for employees in the run up to the election after a federal judge initially ordered it to do so as part of a nationwide injunction.
USPS and attorneys representing New York City politicians and others in Jones v. USPS came to an agreement on Friday to implement the majority of the judge’s order, including reversing initiatives that have caused mail delays and prioritizing ballots for expedited delivery. They did not agree, however, on a portion of the judge’s ruling requiring the Postal Service to pre-approve overtime requests prior to the election.
Victor Marrero, the judge for the U.S. Court for the Southern District of New York on the case, had, as part of his injunction, ordered USPS to pre-approve all overtime from Oct. 26 though Nov. 6. He allowed the attorneys for both sides to come up with a specific plan to implement his injunction, but the two sides could not come to an agreement on overtime. The Postal Service appeared to take issue with the universal overtime approval mandate and has said in response to another injunction in a separate case that it instructed front-line supervisors to approve overtime requests “based on the workload.”