USPS managers deleted workers' extra hours and cheated them of $659,000 in pay, report finds
Added 08-31-21 02:14:02pm EST - “The Center for Public Integrity found at least 250 USPS managers changed employee time cards to reflect fewer hours. They're rarely held accountable.” - Businessinsider.com
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When the pandemic shut everything down, the US Postal Service (USPS) was vital in ensuring people across the nation could get the goods and products they need. But a new report found the postal workers who delivered those goods are being cheated of pay they deserve, and the agency is hardly being held accountable.
The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit media organization, released a report on Tuesday that revealed the USPS "regularly cheats" mail carriers out of their pay. Through private arbitration records and Freedom of Information Act requests, the report found since 2005, the government has cited the USPS 1,150 times for underpaying employees that resulted in $659,000 of lost pay.
But the Labor Department still allowed the USPS to pay back less than half of that amount to employees, and in 19% of the cases, it's not clear whether employees got paid back at all.
"Supervisors found to be cheating were rarely disciplined — often receiving only a warning or more training," the report said. "In four cities, arbitration documents show, post office managers continued to alter time cards after promising union leaders they would stop."
Not only did employees not get their rightful pay, but from 2010 to 2019, records revealed that at least 250 managers in 60 post offices were caught changing employees' time cards to show them working fewer hours, resulting in unpaid wages.
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