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The U.S. Postal Service is among the largest employers of veterans  in the Nation, second only to the Department of Defense. During FY 2007, the Postal Service employed 684,564 individuals. This was a decrease of 11,326 employees from the 695,890 employed during FY 2006 (Table 13).

There were 170,851 veterans employed in the Postal Service during FY 2007. This is a decrease of 8,497 veterans from the 179,348 employed during FY 2006. The 59,114 disabled veterans represented 8.6 percent of the Postal Service’s career workforce as compared to 8.8 percent (61,482) during FY 2006.

The representation of disabled veterans in the Postal Service showed a decline of 2,368 disabled veterans (Table 13). Additionally, the Postal Service’s representation of 30 percent or more disabled veterans declined by 332 from 16,823 in FY 2006 to 16,491 in FY 2007.

In FY 2007, there were 25,681 total promotions made within the Postal Service. Veterans received 6,017, or 23.4 percent, of the total promotions. Disabled veterans received 2,351, or 9.2 percent, of the total employee promotions during FY 2007. As a subset, veterans with a 30 percent or more disability rating employed in the Postal Service received 734, or 2.9 percent, of the total promotions during FY 2007.


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Source: United States Postal Service via Office Of Personnel Management's Report on Veterans in Federal Government

November 23, 2008


Postal Service Reservists Eligible for Back Pay (posted 4/2/07)

As many as 100,000 military reservists who worked at the U.S. Postal Service between 1980 and 2000 could be eligible for thousands of dollars in compensation because they were improperly charged for their military leave, under a new ruling. The Merit Systems Protection Board decision greatly expands the scope of a larger back pay issue that ultimately could cost the government half a billion dollars, said Matthew Tully, a New York attorney who is representing affected employees for free. He said complying with the decision could cost the Postal Service upwards of $200 million. Tully said the average back payment has totaled $3,500, although employees have received anywhere from $400 to $14,000 depending on how long they were in the reserves and their paygrade.  

Postal Employee Challenges USPS Over Military Leave (posted 3/11/07)

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) recently announced a landmark ruling which will allow  thousands of current and former Postal Employees to file claims and receive compensation for improperly charged military leave. Military reservists who worked at the U.S. Postal Service between 1980 and 2000 could be eligible for thousands of dollars in compensation because they were improperly charged for their military leave. Note: The USPS has taken the position that they will not pay back pay for nonscheduled days charged to military leave before FY 2002.  See NALC (PDF)   In the case of David Miller, what he won is discovery and a hearing.  Many veterans continue to hope the USPS will do the right thing voluntarily. ( see Federally employed reservists may be due back pay from 1980-1994)

MSPB Case : David Miller vs. U.S. Postal Service (March 7, 2007-PDF)

David Miller, a Postal Service employee, filed an appeal under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) alleging that the Postal Service improperly charged him military leave for his absences on non-workdays. Without a hearing, the AJ dismissed the appeal for failure to state a claim because the appellant was a Postal Service employee and so not covered by the military leave provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 6323.

The MSPB agreed that Postal Service employees are excluded from coverage of section 6323. However, the Postal Service had a policy in effect at the relevant time that was the equivalent of section 6323 and the MSPB has jurisdiction to enforce employee rights derived from agency rules, regulations, and collective bargaining agreements. Accordingly, taking as true the appellant’s allegations, he did state a claim upon which relief may be granted. As the appellant was not permitted to engage in discovery prior to dismissal of the claim and that he was seeking relevant evidence from a third party, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the MSPB dismissed the appeal without prejudice to refiling, with no deadline, since there is no deadline for filing claims under USERRA.

Federally employed reservists due back pay from 1980-1994 (3/6/06)

Federal employees who served in the military reserves may now be eligible to be compensated for wrongly charged military leave dating as far back as 1980, because of a recent ruling from the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Government workers are given up to 15 paid days of leave a year to spend in the National Guard or military reserves. But until 2000, the government was erroneously counting weekends and holidays in this tally.

Last July, the MSPB ruled that employees who served in the reserves between 1994 and 2000 were eligible for compensation for mistakenly charged leave. Last week the board, a quasi-judicial body that handles federal workplace disputes, issued a ruling pushing the date back to 1980.


Use of Leave While on Active Duty Military Service

(posted 4/13/06)

Effective April 13, 2006, the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 517.542, Choice of Annual Leave or LWOP, is revised to clarify the requirements for the use of sick leave while on active duty military service.

[Revise the title and text of 517.542 to read as follows:]

517.542 Choice of Annual Leave, Sick Leave, or LWOP

Eligible employees who volunteer or are ordered for a period of military training or for a period of active military duty beyond the general military leave allowance may use annual leave or LWOP, at their option. Sick leave can be used only if the employee is hospitalized, confined to quarters as directed by competent military medical authorities, or on convalescent leave due to military service.

USPS to Pay Employee Portion of Health Premiums for Workers Called to Active Duty

APWU Web News Article #10-05, March 22, 2005

The Postal Service has announced it will pay the employee’s share – in addition to the USPS share – of health insurance premiums for up to 24 months for career USPS employees who are called to active duty. The change was made in response to a request from the APWU in August 2004.

USPS managers have been instructed that the new policy [PDF] took effect March 17, 2005, and is retroactive to Dec. 28, 2002. It applies to qualified career employees activated for military service under Executive Order 12302 or 13223 in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Postal Service will assume the full cost of employees’ premiums for the time that they perform qualifying military service only.

“These changes are made pursuant to new federal guidance on the extension of coverage, and are made in our continuing efforts to support our employees called to active military duty,” the manager of Labor Relations Policies and Programs wrote to APWU President William Burrus.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined that employees who are absent for military service may extend their Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) coverage and their Federal Employee Group Life Insurance protection by using paid leave for eight consecutive pay periods. Employees may use as little as one hour of paid leave per pay period to meet this requirement.

Employees who receive invoices for health benefits premiums should wait to pay them until they return from active duty, the instructions say. “The amount owed will be based on the documentation of eligibility presented at that time, and to the extent possible, will be deducted from pay on a pretax basis, thereby reducing the out-of-pocket cost.”

President Burrus praised the Postal Service’s decision to pay health plan premiums for employees called to active duty. “We applaud the sensitivity shown by management in supporting the postal heroes who are serving their country,” he said.

Secretary Chao Announces New USERRA Notice of Rights and Benefits
Secretary Chao today announced that a notice in poster format explaining the rights of employees under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is now available for employers to download from the DOL Web site. Read the news release.


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