Currently, EAS Level postal employees are denied a fair and timely process for determining pay and benefits. In addition, 7,500 EAS level postal managers are deprived of the right to appeal adverse actions to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). On March 8, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced two bipartisan bills to address these deficiencies.
H.R. 1623, the Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act, would revise the consultative process. Should the initial phase of the consultative process over pay and benefits reach an impasse, the legislation would revise the process to render the findings, conclusions and recommendations of a Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service fact-finding panel binding on the Postal Service. In addition, the measure would ensure the consultative process begins promptly (i.e., prior to the lapse of the existing pay decision). Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) is the original cosponsor of H.R. 1623.
H.R. 1624, the Postal Employee Appeal Rights Amendment Act, would grant 7,500 EAS level headquarters personnel the right to appeal adverse decisions to the MSPB, as is the right of other EAS level employees. Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) is the original cosponsor of H.R. 1624.