Jim Hoft July 19th, 2017
On Wednesday the Office of Special Council ruled the US Postal Service broke the law when they allowed workers to campaign for Hillary Clinton during work hours on the taxpayer dime. The OSC found the U.S. Postal Service broke the law last year by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic candidates.
Jail them or fire them all.
The RNC reported—
Today, the Milwaukee USPS employee who blew the whistle on the political campaigning, is testifying in front of the Senate Homeland Security Government Affairs Committee.
The employee, who is also a union member, complained about being short-staffed after a fellow employee said he would take FIVE WEEKS of leave for union activity. Kopp, a union member, said he was concerned that his office in Marshfield would be short-staffed when a fellow employee announced he was going to take a leave for five weeks to do union activity. Kopp said a supervisor told him that he was going to deny the request because of staffing issues. Later, Kopp said the supervisor told him that “people higher up the chain” gave instructions to let the employee take a leave. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/19/17)
The pro-Hillary USPS union sent lists of employees who it wanted to take the leave of absence to mid-level USPS managers, who interpreted them as directives. The union provided to a USPS labor relations official lists of letter carriers to participate in the AFL-CIO’s Labor 2016 program. That program sought to “elect Hillary Clinton and pro-worker candidates across the country.” The lists were sent to USPS middle managers, who interpreted them as directives, the investigation found. Despite objections by some local postal supervisors, the mid-level managers instructed those on the lists be allowed to take a leave. Ninety-seven carriers participated in the program, mainly in six states, Wisconsin, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/19/17)
The U.S. Postal Service spent $90,000 on overtime to cover for employees who took time off to campaign in advance of the 2016 election. “The U.S. Postal Service spent $90,000 on overtime to cover for employees who took time off to campaign in advance of the 2016 election,” writes Eric Katz, a correspondent for Government Executive. “Unionized postal workers are allowed to take unpaid leave to engage in official activities on behalf. (Washington Times, 7/16/17)
Fox News: USPS broke law in allowing workers to boost Clinton campaign, watchdog says. The U.S. Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency, according to an Office of Special Counsel report obtained by Fox News. The OSC determined the USPS “engaged in systemic violations” of the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. While employees are allowed to do some political work on leave, the report said the Postal Service showed a “bias” favoring the union’s 2016 campaign operation. (Fox News, 7/19/17)
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