McKinley, Connolly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Postal Employees


Date: Jan. 17, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E. (W.Va.-1) and Gerry Connolly (Va.-11) introduced H.R. 597, the Postal Employees Appeal Rights Amendments Act to expand U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals rights to mid-level U.S. Postal Service Management.

"All Postal Service workers should have the ability to appeal personnel decisions that will negatively impact them. Under current law, around 7,500 USPS employees don't have this right," Rep. McKinley said. "Our legislation will create a fair process that will protect these employees from unjust decision making. This bipartisan reform will make government more efficient and I'm hopeful we can pass it through the House very soon."

"This is about ensuring a fair review process. All Postal Service employees should have the basic right to appeal an adverse personnel action," Rep. Connolly said. "Unfortunately, up until now, some mid-level managers have been left exposed without access to MSPB appeal rights. Our legislation seeks to remedy this unintended carve-out."

H.R. 597 would extend MSPB appeal rights over adverse personnel actions to any Postal Service employee who is a non-bargaining unit career and non-career employee in a supervisory, professional, technical, clerical, administrative, or managerial position covered by the Executive and Administrative Schedule; and has completed 1 year of current continuous service in the same or similar positions.

Connolly and McKinley previously introduced the legislation in the 115th Congress. Full text of the legislation can be found here.