My Supervisors Need a Day Off


In a letter response to the Postmaster General concerning reopening pay consultations, the National Association of Supervisors (NAPS) reported that due to hiring freezes “we are understaffed by as many as 5,000 supervisory and management positions.”

I’m seeing this shortage firsthand at my Dallas post office. Not only is my post office woefully short-staffed in carriers and clerks, it is also down a supervisor, leaving the two remaining managers working six days a week. One opens, the other closes.

Now, many rank and file employees won’t be shedding a tear for these two, and I’m not either. But they could both use a day off.

Unlike the “old days” where supervisors mostly directed work, today’s supervisors are finding themselves working a variety of craft work due to clerk and carrier shortages in their offices. At my office, the morning supervisor, who is also the station manager, spends his morning distributing mail and scanning parcels, all the while answering the phone, coming up with a plan to handle anywhere from four to ten routes down on a daily basis, and somehow sending the multitude of reports due each day to various officials around the Dallas district. The guy works his arse off. And the evening supervisor must contend with the aftermath, often working until 9PM or later. In the old days, everyone was headed home by 6:30PM.

I keep hearing that the USPS needs to shed more workers, and perhaps there’s a few here and there not doing much. But from my vantage point, the USPS needs MORE workers – more clerks, more carriers and a few more supervisors in frontline positions. I just don’t know how long some of these people will be able to continue handling these chaotic situations six-days a week.