To help reduce costs, the Postal Service today announced it is freezing Postmaster, manager, administrative and supervisor pay for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. USPS also is changing its sick and annual leave earnings formulas for new hires in these positions.

Effective Jan. 14, 2012, individuals hired from outside the Postal Service as supervisory or managerial employees or as Postmasters will accrue annual and sick leave at different rates than current employees (see table below). The accrual rate for current employees in these positions — as well as current employees who are promoted to these categories in the future — will not change.

This action follows decisions made earlier this year, including an officer and executive pay freeze implemented in July. Last spring, the American Postal Workers Union, which represents 209,834 employees, agreed to a two-year pay freeze and other provisions that will save the Postal Service $3.8 billion over the term of the negotiated labor agreement.

Today’s announcement affects nearly 62,000 Executive and Administrative Schedule (EAS) category employees, including more than 44,000 represented by the Postal Service’s three management associations. The National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) represents 23,385 supervisory and managerial employees. The National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) and the National League of Postmasters of the United States (NLPM) represent 13,741 and 7,271 Postmasters, respectively.

Today’s announcement follows pay consultations with those associations. USPS consults with management associations on pay and benefit packages. Postal Service management employees do not have access to collective bargaining.

The wage freeze also applies to 17,439 additional EAS employees not represented by management associations.

Formula for Earning Sick and Annual Leave (calculated by years of service)

  New Hires
(Effective Jan. 14, 2012)
 Current Employees
Annual Leave – 10 days if less than 5 years – 13 days if less than 3 years
  – 15 days if 5 years
but less than 15
– 20 days if more than 3 years
 and less than 15 years
  – 20 days if 15 years or more  – 26 days if more than 15 years
Sick Leave – 3 hours per pay period  – 4 hours per pay period

Note:  One pay period equals two weeks. There are 26 pay periods per year.


  1. rLee   November 10, 2011 at 10:22 am

    It is about time someone found some common sense. Now take it just one step further and Rif or fire all the above mentioned management and no one will even miss them. Marvin Runyon once said” that if you don’t touch the mail; then you are just unnecessary overhead.”

    By the way if for some crazy reason there is a need to hire new management; how about at least a college degree or even better something that applies to how to work with others

  2. Bandon   November 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    What about bonuses? If they are still going to be receiving them this year, then USPS isn’t serious at all about cutting costs.

  3. daniel p kelso   November 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

    management wouldn’t be necessary if clerks stopped extending there lunch and breaks everyday and stayed off of there cell phones while they are supposed to be working and stop reading magazines while working. also no management would be needed for carriers if they would finish there routes and come back to the office instead of hiding out on there routes or stop extending there lunch and breaks and just do there jobs and go home.

  4. slick   February 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    all management is overpaid and unneccessary, all clerks, mailhandlers, and carriers, know how to do there job, without some overpaid moron who doesnt have a clue watching them

  5. Hard woker   February 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Abolish the union then everyone will be ok. No need for re-structuring, moving, closing, consolidating.

  6. Lightningbolt   August 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    You all are ridiculous! Have you ever seen any business run that does not have management?! A lot of people refuse to do their jobs properly or in a timely manner! You obviously are carriers/clerks that wish management would go away so you could be slackers too like a lot of carriers out there.

  7. Lightningbolt   August 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    The only one that makes sense is hard worker!

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