Hochul Announces Legislation to Cap Executive Pay at US Postal Service

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM EDT

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Hochul Announces Legislation to Cap Executive Pay at US Postal Service

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM EDT

Washington D.C. (WKBW release) -- New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Friday announced plans to introduce legislation limiting compensation for executive officers of the United States Postal Service to the same level of pay as the President’s Cabinet.

According to a news release from Hochul:

“American families all over this country are struggling to get by, the William Street Processing Center in Downtown Buffalo is in danger of shutting down, and 700 postal employees in Western New York are at risk of losing their jobs, but for some reason we are still providing the Postmaster General and other executive officers at the U.S. Postal Service with bonuses and salaries greater than that provided to the Secretary of Defense” said Congresswoman Hochul.  “In these tough economic times, Western New Yorkers are making necessary sacrifices and cutting back, and they expect their public servants to do the same.”

In 2006, a law was enacted providing senior officers of the USPS with salaries up to 120% of the Vice President’s salary, as well as authorizing bonuses for these postal executives if approved by the Postal Service Board of Governors. 

Congresswoman Hochul’s legislation would reinstate the longstanding policy of paying the Postmaster General and other USPS executives at the same level of pay as the President’s Cabinet ($199,700 in FY2012).  Additionally, this bill would prohibit the issuance of bonuses to USPS executive officers in years that the Postal Service closes any retail or processing facility, such as the William Street Area Mail Processing Facility in Buffalo.

Hochul added, “The Postal Service cannot make the argument that they need to cuts costs and let go hard-working postal workers when their own management team continues to rake in bonuses and make more than the President’s Cabinet.  The jobs of over 700 Western New Yorkers and thousands of Americans across this country are worth more than bonuses for a handful of individuals at the United States Postal Service.”

Congresswoman Hochul has already written Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Chairman of the United States Postal Service Board of Governors, urging him to limit the compensation for the Postmaster General and other members of the USPS executive management team, while processing facilities across the nation are in danger of shutting down.