I am pleased to announce an agreement with the postal service that recognizes the unfair starting wage differential of many of our PTPO Postmasters. The attached is a letter dated October 16, 2015 from the Postmaster General (Megan Brennan):
To summarize the above, if you are a PTPO Postmaster that is making less than $15.63 per hour (starting wage of a PSE) then you will receive an increase to bring you up to this minimum. This change is tentatively scheduled to take place on January 9th, 2016. This agreement does not in any way eliminate all situations where a clerk working in an RMPO may be making more per hour than the Postmaster. In some situations this exact scenario will continue in certain sites. You have to understand how we got to this point in time to understand how a craft employee can make more per hour than the manager in the facility. EPM Postmasters (which is what our level 6 PM’s are classified as) have always made less than clerks. All Postmasters pay is based on a pay scale for each level of office. The craft pay is based on a national level. In the past this was not our concern, because clerks never worked in EPM offices. Now that they are working in the EPM offices, doing the same work, this has created the disparity. This agreement is a small step in the right direction but one that has taken multiple attempts to resolve. A “thank you” goes out to Megan Brennan and Doug Tulino for finalizing this agreement.