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McKinley, Connolly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Postal Employees

McKinley, Connolly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Postal Employees

Washington, D.C.– Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-1) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) introduced H.R. 942, the Postal Employees Appeal Rights Amendments Act to expand U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals rights to mid-level U.S. Postal Service Management. Under current law, approximately 7,500 USPS employees do not have this protection.

“All Postal Service workers should have the right to appeal personnel decisions that will negatively impact them. Our legislation will create a fair process that will protect these employees from unjust decision making,” McKinley said. “This bipartisan reform will make government more efficient and I’m hopeful we can pass it through the House very soon,” said McKinley.

“This is about ensuring a fair review process. All Postal Service employees should have the basic right to appeal an adverse personnel action,” said Connolly.  “Unfortunately, up until now, some mid-level managers have been left exposed without access to MSPB appeal rights. Our legislation seeks to remedy this unintended carve-out,” Connolly said.

Background

Despite the intent of Congress to confer appeal rights to most USPS management personnel, approximately 7,500 mid-level management employees within the U.S. Postal Service do not possess the right to appeal adverse personnel actions to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).  This has resulted in an inequity among USPS employees and created unnecessary costs, and in some cases, prevented the disclosure of fraud, waste, and abuse.

H.R. 942 would extend MSPB appeal rights over adverse personnel actions to any Postal Service employee who is a non-bargaining unit career and non-career employee in a supervisory, professional, technical, clerical, administrative, or managerial position covered by the Executive and Administrative Schedule and has completed 1 year of current continuous service in the same or similar positions.