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Post Office Gives Disabled the Finger for Christmas

By:  ghostly bear  •   •  4 days ago  •  12 comments

Post Office Gives Disabled the Finger for Christmas

Goverment emails are now in federal court beacuse the postal service was getting rid of its disabled employees. Some of the emails were see you bums at Walmart, song cripple creek and employees being congradulated for getting rid of 25 percent of the disabled employees. The post office lost the law suit and has refused to pay the disabled workers sending out massive mailing telling people they are not disabled. They are being caught with there pants down because there own goverment form sf 50 shows a persons disable status. This will be tied up for years.

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PJ
1  PJ    4 days ago

I heard of a situation several months ago that happened in my Agency.  There was a huge internal audit of all Schedule A employees.  Quite a number of these individuals were fired because they did not have the right credentials to qualify them as Schedule A. 

One office had hired a high percentage of Schedule A employees.  The hiring official was taking advantage of the direct hire authority and slipping people in under the Schedule A appointment illegally.  

My point is, just because the SF50 has the individual designated as Schedule A doesn't mean that it's correct.  

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2  Perrie Halpern R.A.    4 days ago

The U.S. Postal Service will soon have to make a payout to as many as 130,000 current and former employees as part of a class-action lawsuit, with an anti-discrimination oversight body finding the mailing agency created a program to rid its rolls of employees injured on the job under the guise of trying to accommodate them.

The final ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission came more than 10 years after a former employee first filed a class complaint alleging USPS subjected employees to a “pattern and practice” of discrimination under its National Reassessment Program. EEOC said the initiative, which the Postal Service had in place between 2006 and 2011, subjected a class of employees to disparate treatment, a removal of reasonable accommodations without proving an undue burden, improper disclosure of medical information and general violations of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. USPS, under the direction of the commission, is in the process of notifying employees affected by the program of their potential eligibility to seek individual relief.

The lawsuit commenced after an employee who suffered an on-the-job injury in 1997 was told in 2006 that under the National Reassessment Program her post-disability assignment had been deemed extraneous work and was escorted off the premises. USPS launched the program ostensibly as a “return-to-work” initiative that would also help eliminate “make-work” jobs that “did not contribute to or otherwise contribute to delivery of the mail,” but would not serve as a cost savings project. In reality, EEOC found, USPS used the program for the objective of shedding employees who required special accommodations.

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When launching the program, USPS directed injury compensation specialists at 74 districts across the country to prepare account files for all employees classified as limited duty or in rehabilitation. The agency tasked district leaders with making every reasonable effort to identify positions for employees deemed to be in “make-work” jobs. If they could not find a modified position, they would notify employees there was “no work available,” place them on leave without pay and escort them out of the facility.

Over a six-year discovery process, EEOC found 15,000 employees were given new assignments and 10,000 were notified of “no work available.” More than 100,000 employees either recovered and returned to their pre-injury positions or left the agency while the program was in place.

USPS has fought back at every step of proceedings, saying the affected class did not have standing and its actions did not constitute any wrongdoing. EEOC affirmed an initial ruling by an administrative judge in finding the agency’s true intentions were to rid itself of employees on “injured on duty,” status rather than any legitimate operational objective.

“In targeting IOD employees, officials acting under the auspices of the NRP had subjected them to disparate treatment because of their disabilities,” EEOC said in its ruling. It went on to say, “In implementing the NRP, [USPS] officials disregarded the agency's obligations under the Rehabilitation Act, and had done so in a fashion that could only be described as cavalier.”

A wide array of internal documents and emails supported that claim, such as a 2010 “congratulatory” message from a district leader in Texas who praised his colleagues for reaching the goal of reducing injured employees “on rolls by 25 percent.” The email played a song titled “Cripple Creek” as background music. In another email, a human resources manager sent a message to leaders including the postmaster general that said the reassessment program would reduce the number of IOD employees by 14,000.

“Every one of these emails, and numerous others, lays bare the intensity with which the NRP teams at the agency's headquarters, areas, and districts pursued their goal of reducing the IOD rolls,” EEOC said. “Their statements clearly and unequivocally contradict the stated explanation for the existence of the NRP as a means to eliminate unnecessary work.”

IOD employees were also subjected to a toxic work environment as a result of the program, EEOC said. Employees made comments in response to its announcement such as “was past due,” “see you bums at Walmart,” and “get rid of them all.”

“Throughout the agency there was a pervasive fear among IOD employees that being subjected to the NRP would cause them to lose their jobs with the agency and have to work in less-desirable jobs for employers such as Walmart or McDonald's, a fear that was stoked not only by managers but by other employees,” EEOC said.

The Postal Service stripped employees of the reasonable accommodations they had been provided without engaging in an interactive process with employees or considering their individual needs, EEOC found. In one case, an employee suffered a knee injury that prevented extended standing and in 2002 received a job as a safety instructor. In a 2010 NRP meeting, he was informed his job was no longer available and was sent home. Another employee spent 20 years in a limited-duty work position that involved administrative tasks, special projects and mail delivery before being let go under the reassessment program. USPS failed to ever define what actually constituted “necessary work,” which ultimately hurt the agency.

“None of that work disappeared after the IOD employees who had been doing it had left the premises,” EEOC said. “Other employees had to step in and take over, which left many facilities short-staffed.”

The EEOC has already ruled the individual who brought the class action forward is entitled to attorney’s fees and other “individual relief.” Other members of the class must proactively file claims to prove they are members of the class and will then also be entitled to relief. The law firm Thomas & Solomon, which fought the case in front of EEOC, has launched a website to help impacted employees file claims, predicting USPS will fight back against every single individual. The American Postal Workers Union and National Association of Letter Carriers have estimated about 130,000 current and former employees may benefit from the EEOC decision. Thomas & Solomon has sent letters to members of the class in addition to USPS, which was required to notify those individuals of their eligibility to sign their names onto the suit within 10 days of EEOC’s ruling.

https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2018/04/usps-facing-payments-130k-employees-after-class-action-lawsuit-final-ruling/147304/

Gee aren't they sweethearts. 

 
 
lennylynx
2.1  lennylynx  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    4 days ago

Thank-you for filling out our friendly neighborhood bear's blog.  Do you believe that unfair and oppressive treatment of employees is the fault of both sides?  Is there one side you think would stand up for employees rights moreso than the other?  Just wondering...

 
 
devangelical
2.2  devangelical  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    2 days ago

thanks for making sense out of this article

 
 
ghostly bear
3  author  ghostly bear    3 days ago

its a toxic envirment the post office. They complain they are always broke but they face litigation because they always break the law and treat there employees like dog shit

 
 
ghostly bear
4  author  ghostly bear    3 days ago

you can find complaints all over the internet they are true here one 

Teresa
All usps carriers, familly members are right. I’m a carrier for 11 years more loyal then a dog. I been with stress and anxiety do to all the pressure abuse of power, harrassment, treats of firering me. According to them I’m not good enough for them, and bulling from managers and supervisors. We are presure to skip our luch and breaks. The union ignores the issues. An EEO is not always efective and last time I worked I was picked up by the ambulance, I been hospitalice more then one time for my condition. I was fired and did not received a notice of insurance termination. They took 4 months and it was untill I requested that they mail my checks. I’m not geting disability, I’m fighting to stablish workers comp. I have kids believe me the last I need is to stay home. I need to work, my doctor took me off work. I requested a transfer and is not happening. Usps is not the best work for your health. Voe survey sucks. We get no solutions. I done everything even let management walk all over me just to be able to provide for my kids. The worst some times we are not alowed to leave our routs to go to the restroom wich is impared to our health. Specially when prégnant. All I know is that we are quick to judge when we never been in a situation like ours. Now I have no money, and no job when I worked 11years 10-to 12 hours monday thrue saturday. No day off. Only sunday. Im stress and full off enxiety because of managers and anprofetional supervisors.

 
 
lennylynx
4.1  lennylynx  replied to  ghostly bear @4    3 days ago

Hmm, I don't know Mr. Bear.  I have a sneaking suspicion that YOU wrote that complaint and not Teresa...

 
 
tomwcraig
5  tomwcraig    3 days ago

I believe my grandfather, if he was still alive, would have been highly disappointed.  He was Postmaster in Stanberry, MO in the 1980s.

 
 
ghostly bear
8  author  ghostly bear    2 days ago

I heard back in the 70 and 80 it was a great place to work. I heard stories of supervisor going into bars to get the mailman out to go deliver mail like cheers. Today is nothing more than micromanagment and harrasment 

 
 
ghostly bear
9  author  ghostly bear    2 days ago

you may seen cnn were the mailman crapped in the yard because most go in the mail truck because they are harrassed for being a minute late. 

 
 
lennylynx
9.1  lennylynx  replied to  ghostly bear @9    yesterday

What a shitty deal THAT is!