The USPS has quietly posted hundreds of CAREER, mostly Part-Time Flexible, city carrier, rural carrier, custodian, and clerk jobs at https://about.usps.com/careers/. The USPS must be having a hard time recruiting and keeping noncareer people. Attached is a list of the current career entry level job openings.
The career jobs being offered say the same thing:
“This is a career position which offers excellent benefits. Newly hired employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Upon hire, employees are eligible to contribute into the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is similar to 401(k) plans. We also offer the option to enroll into the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program as well as the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI). Dental, Vision, and Long-Term Care Insurance Programs…are also available. We offer extra pay when working on a federal holiday (11 per calendar year) as well as accrued vacation and sick leave.”
Here is the bad news: Applicants for these career entry level jobs are limited to noncareer employees and the public. This is a naked violation of 39 USC 1006 that gives career USPS employees preference for other positions in the Postal Service:
“Officers and employees in the postal career service of the Postal Service shall be eligible for promotion or transfer to any other position in the Postal Service or the executive branch of the Government of the United States for which they are qualified. The authority given by this section shall be used to provide a maximum degree of career promotion opportunities for officers and employees and to insure continued improvement of postal services.”
Why are only noncareer employees and the public eligible to apply for these career entry level jobs? This makes no sense. Top pay for a full-time City Carrier is $72,845 before overtime. Overtime is plentiful. Career rural carriers and clerks may want these jobs, also.
Career employees that change crafts do not incur a cut in pay. The exception is if they are at the maximum for their pay grade. If they are, they drop to the maximum of their new pay grade. See Employee and Labor Relations Manual Sections 422.124 and 125.
First Name: Don
Last Name: Cheney
Union/Local: APWU – Auburn WA Local
Office held if any: Retired President