Lawmakers and Trump administration officials remain divided over whether rolling back postal unions’ right to collectively bargaining over compensation, as recommended by the White House’s Postal Task Force, would put the agency on firmer financial footing.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking member Gary Peters (D-Mich.) said at a hearing Tuesday that the proposed reduction in collective bargaining was not “addressing the most fundamental reason why we’re here.”
“Collective bargaining is certainly in my mind an essential tool, and one that works best when labor and management share the same goals,” Peters said. “I am not clear on how removing collective bargaining for compensation would help deliver quality services.”
Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, told lawmakers that postal unions’ ability to collectively bargain for compensation marks a “core difference” from unions who represent federal employees on the General Schedule pay scale.