NAPUS

March 16, 2012

During the past week, many Postmasters have contacted the NAPUS National Office concerning a letter they received from the National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS.)  The letter invites Postmasters to become a member of NAPS, and suggests Postmasters can be represented by NAPS. 

The Postal Service only recognizes Postmaster organizations to represent Postmasters, in accordance with Title 39 USC § 1004;

(b) The Postal Service shall provide a program for consultation with recognized organizations of supervisory and other managerial personnel who are not subject to collective-bargaining agreements under chapter 12 of this title. Upon presentation of evidence satisfactory to the Postal Service that a supervisory organization represents a majority of supervisors, that an organization (other than an organization representing supervisors) represents at least 20 percent of postmasters, or that a managerial organization (other than an organization representing supervisors or postmasters) represents a substantial percentage of managerial employees, such organization or organizations shall be entitled to participate directly in the planning and development of pay policies and schedules, fringe benefit programs, and other programs relating to supervisory and other managerial employees.  

Section  (h) Title 39 further states ;
(h)

(1) In order to ensure that postmasters and postmasters’ organizations are afforded the same rights under this section as are afforded to supervisors and the supervisors’ organization, subsections (c) through (g) shall be applied with respect to postmasters and postmasters’ organizations—

(A) by substituting “postmasters’ organization” for “supervisors’ organization” each place it appears; and

(B) if 2 or more postmasters’ organizations exist, by treating such organizations as if they constituted a single organization, in accordance with such arrangements as such organizations shall mutually agree to.

(2) If 2 or more postmasters’ organizations exist, such organizations shall, in the case of any factfinding panel convened at the request of such organizations (in accordance with paragraph (1)(B)), be jointly and severally liable for the cost of such panel, apart from the portion to be borne by the Postal Service (as determined under subsection (f)(4)).

(i) For purposes of this section—

(1) “supervisors’ organization” means the organization recognized by the Postal Service under subsection (b) of this section as representing a majority of supervisors;

(2) “members of the supervisors’ organization” means employees of the Postal Service who are recognized under an agreement between the Postal Service and the supervisors’ organization as represented by such organization;

(3) “postmaster” means an individual who is the manager in charge of the operations of a post office, with or without the assistance of subordinate managers or supervisors;

(4) “postmasters’ organization” means an organization recognized by the Postal Service under subsection (b) as representing at least 20 percent of postmasters; and

(5) “members of the postmasters’ organization” shall be considered to mean employees of the Postal Service who are recognized under an agreement—
(A) between the Postal Service and the postmasters’ organization as represented by the organization; or

(B) in the circumstance described in subsection (h)(1)(B), between the Postal Service and the postmasters’ organizations (acting in concert) as represented by either or any of the postmasters’ organizations involved.

Please don’t be misled by the invitation to join NAPS, because the Postal Service does not recognize a supervisory organization to represent Postmasters in the consultation program.  Only NAPUS and the League of Postmasters may participate directly in the planning and development of pay policies and schedules, fringe benefit programs, and other programs relating to supervisory and other managerial employees. NAPUS has represented the nation’s Postmasters for nearly 115 years and you can be assured that we will continue to work hard on your behalf during these difficult times.

Bob Rapoza

NAPUS National President