Postal Service, Losing Billions, Pays Millions to Idle Workers

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 12:31 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Despite facing $9 billion in losses this year, the U.S. Postal Service is paying out millions to thousands of workers doing nothing. However, the numbers are down from two years ago, The Washington Post reported.

Postal Service, idle, workers, billions, millionsThe payments are made under a labor agreement governing “standby time,” which prohibits layoffs or reassignments for employees during times when equipment is broken or there is low mail volume. Under the agreements, the workers must show up for work and spend their shift in a break room or cafeteria, the Post blog the Federal Eye reported.

Standby time amounted to 170,666 hours in the first six months of 2011, according to a Postal Service Inspector General’s Office audit. The idle time cost $4.3 million. In 2009, 1.2 million hours were billed, costing $30.9 million, the Post reported.

“At a time when the Postal Service is challenged to operate more efficiently, monitoring standby time is critical to ensuring their ability to effectively manage the workforce,” the report said.

Supervisors rarely used the standby option until 2009, when mail volume began to drop dramatically, according to the Post.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Gov. Perry: 'I Have Sympathy' for Illegal Workers Here to Feed Families

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 19:04 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has something in common with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: They both agree that illegal immigrants . . .

Contractor Jailed in Cuba Threatens Terminal Hunger Strike

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 18:17 PM

The lawyer for jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross told the press in Havana on Wednesday that his client planned to return . . .

Sen. Johnson: Lawsuit Support Good Sign for Obamacare Repeal

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 17:07 PM

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says his lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act has garnered the support of 38 Republic . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved