USPS Payroll Error Prompts Federal Investigation

Rural letter carriers missed paychecks or received partial pay in September.

The Department of Labor has opened an investigation after more than 50,000 rural mail carriers experienced delayed or partial paychecks in September. Despite the United States Postal Service (USPS) claims to Congress that the situation had been rectified and those who experienced payroll errors received compensation within one or two pay periods, some impacted carriers waited four weeks and reached out to state Labor Departments.

While USPS Government Liaison Director Michael Gordon wrote in his letter to Congress that the programming issue “has been identified and remediated,“ affected carriers experienced overdraft fees and other financial challenges. Some encountered discrepancies between the actual amount owed to them and the sum received as a salary advance. Federal legislators have directed USPS to take immediate action to resolve the issue and properly compensate the carriers.

“Like a lot of American families, many rural letter carriers can’t afford a missed paycheck,” the members of Congress wrote to USPS. They said the remedy attempted by the Postal Service “fails to address the scope of these employees’ needs, and does not demonstrate a commitment to getting these workers the pay they earned.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For rural mail carriers who have had their financial lives disrupted by delayed or partial payment of their income.
  • For Postmaster DeJoy and Director Gordon to rectify the payroll situation and properly compensate the carriers impacted by the error.
  • For members of Congress as they seek to hold federal agencies accountable.
  • For officials in the Labor Department as they investigate the payroll error and USPS’ attempts to resolve it.

Sources: Federal News Network


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