Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: The Agency & the Individual

The National Reassessment Program (NRP) now implemented in full force, along with the Voluntary Early Retirement, the cash incentives (many have called to ask whether or not, if one is not eligible or offered the early retirement, but the cash incentive with a resignation is still being offered, should you take it?), and the Postal Service’s ultimate goal of shedding its payroll of anyone and everyone who is not “fully productive” by doing away with all “light duty” or “modified duty” slots (there actually is no “slot”, but rather merely an ad hoc set of duties “made up” on a piece of paper, which is what I have been arguing for years and years, and as the Bracey Decision by the Federal Circuit Court addressed) — all of these developments are merely a large-scale, macrocosmic level of what happens every day on an individual, singular basis. 

This is merely a reflection of an Agency, and how it acts, reacts and responds to injured workers, workers who have medical conditions which impact one’s ability to perform one’s job, and worker’s who are not “fully productive”.  It is merely that which happens every day to individual workers, but on a larger scale.  Think about it:  A Federal or Postal employee who develops a medical condition, and cannot perform one or more of the essential elements of one’s job; job performance soon begins to suffer, although perhaps imperceptibly at first; and the question becomes:  How will the agency, via its representative, the “Supervisor”, treat such an employee?  Sadly, more often than not, in a rough-shod, unsympathetic, and often cruel manner.  The Postal Service is simply doing it on a larger scale; but be fully aware, that every day, a Federal or Postal employee who is suffering from a medical condition, encounters such behavior and treatment — only, on a microcosmic, individual scale.


Robert R. McGill, Esquire

2 thoughts on “Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: The Agency & the Individual

  1. Riley G. Jones

    Hello, I am a postal worker injured on the job, today I was released with very little concern as to what happens to me our my family. I have been employed with the postal service 18yrs., plus 81/2yrs. military service, and 5yrs. of service with the veterans administration, a total of 31yrs. and now I am laid off from my job because of my injuries. I was wondering if there I would be elgible for Disability Retirement, or what should I do? I could have taken an early out retirement the latter part of last year, but felt that I was able to do the work that the postal service had assigned me, which was productive, then today, they said that it wasn’t productive. yet they put other injured employee’s in that position to do they same thing I was doing. What should I do?

  2. Novella Chandler

    Hi, I am wondering what is involved in replacing my lawyer. I have left phone, e-mail and fax messages for my lawyer, but for some reason he is not contacting me. I am having to file responses, schedule award paperwork and other OWCP business without any help from my lawyer. How do I replace him?

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