Postal workers receive back pay, managers fired

By Jeremy M. Lazarus – January 5-7, 2017
Dozens of current and former Richmond mail carriers have received extra payments during the holidays from the U.S. Postal Service, the service has confirmed.

The payments are the latest fallout from a scandal at the Main Post Office on Brook Road that involved supervisors altering carrier time cards – without the carriers’ knowledge – to reduce overtime. The Free Press reported on the scandal just before Thanksgiving.

In response to a Free Press query, USPS spokesman Tom Ouelette stated Wednesday that the payments stem from a settlement “the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers reached in December.”

“As a result of the settlement, some letter carriers at the Saunders, Bellevue and North Side stations (who work out of the Main Post Office) were entitled to receive additional compensation for the overtime worked,” Mr. Oulette said.

The money ranged from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, sources told the Free Press.

The USPS Office of Inspector General began a probe of the altered time cards after receiving a grievance from letter carrier Shekeera Greene and four other carriers. The probe led to the dismissal of veteran Richmond Postmaster Howard G. O’Connor and five lower level managers.

A substantial number of the carriers who received the overtime pay deliver mail on one or more residential routes that can require more than eight hours to complete.

Source: Richmond Free Press

8 thoughts on “Postal workers receive back pay, managers fired

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Kauai Local
    I was recently the victim of a sham reassignment. The postmaster and supervisor (who were always abusive and dismissive of me) found a way to keep my other co-worker who had seniority over me from being reassigned. Yes, the most senior “new” employee is also the first to be reassigned if such an event must occur. Both the postmaster and supervisor are young females who wanted to keep my younger female co-worker at the location we worked at. Instead of reassigning her, which would have been the ethical thing to do, they changed her title to carrier-clerk, which automatically prevented her from being reassigned to the post office of interest. This was a deliberate, calculated, premeditated act of favoritism towards my younger female co-worker and absolute discrimination against me. I was lied to completely in order to get me to sign the reassignment document. I am going to file an EEOC lawsuit. I don’t really care what happens at this point, I’m fed up and have nothing to lose. I was relocated to an office 30 miles away with half the hours I was getting before.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    NALC - Branch 2819
    Office held, if any
    City letter carrier (retired )
    You need to go back to some of the other offices in the Richmond district. Like Princess Anne, Virginia Beach. Check out some of those time cards.

  3. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    NALC - Branch 908
    I’m afraid I have to agree with the person from Branch 820 – that’s not the way the post office operates. I’ve seen too many incompetent managers just continue on with their incompetent behavior for 37 years now, it really gets old.

  4. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Dayton, OH
    Happens all the time. My daughter lost a full year of her college financial aid because I was paid in cash for 8 months, my earnings were moved to the following year. No W2. Can I get the $10,000 back? Oh yeah, and if we worked through lunch they took out 30 minutes.

  5. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    NALC - Branch 426
    It happened to me for every Holiday since the 4th of July 2016. No one wants to fix the problems and I have been harassed every day. Management nit picks everything I do. I am in the Fairfield Hamilton Office in Ohio

  6. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    NALC - Branch 139
    Office held, if any
    Past-President & Chief Steward
    It is about dang time that PM’S & supervisors lose their jobs but they really ought to go to prison for stealing money from the City Carriers. What they did is no less than felonious theft by falsification of pay records.

  7. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    NALC Branch 820
    Office held, if any
    Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Financial Secretary. All current.
    Excuse me if I don’t believe the postmaster and supervisors were fired. That’s not the way the Postal Service works. Usually problem managers are moved around in the system and promoted.

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