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PERSONNEL PROMOTION SYSTEM OF THE
POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
SUBCOMMITTEE ON POSTAL OPERATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
THADDEUS J. DULSKI, New York, Chairman DAVID N. HENDERSON, North Carolina, ROBERT J. CORBETT, Pennsylvania Vice Chairman
H. R. GROSS, Iowa ARNOLD OLSEN, Montana
GLENN CUNNINGHAM, Nebraska MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona
EDWARD J. DERWINSKI, Illinois DOMINICK V. DANIELS, New Jersey ALBERT W. JOHNSON, Pennsylvania ROBERT N. C. NIX, Pennsylvania
JAMES T. BROYHILL, North Carolina JOE R. POOL, Texas
DANIEL E. BUTTON, New York WILLIAM J. GREEN, Pennsylvania
WILLIAM L. SCOTT, Virginia JAMES M. HANLEY, New York
PHILIP E. RUPPE, Michigan CHARLES H. WILSON, California
JAMES A. MCCLURE, Idaho JEROME R. WALDIE, California
FLETCHER THOMPSON, Georgis
CHARLES E. JOHNSON, Chief Counsel and Staff Director
JOHN H. MARTINY, Counsel
SUBCOMMITTEE ON POSTAL OPERATIONS
ROBERT N. C. NIX, Pennsylvania, Chairman ARNOLD OLSEN, Montana
GLENN CUNNINGHAM, Nebraska WILLIAM J. GREEN, Pennsylvania
H. R. GROSS, Iowa JEROME R. WALDIE, California
EDWARD J. DERWINSKI, Tlinois RICHARD C. WHITE, Texas
Thomas R. KENNEDY, Subcommittee Counsel
Ex Officio Voting Members THADDEUS J. DULSKI, New York
ROBERT J. CORBETT, Pennsylvania
McAvoy, Harold J., president, National Association of Post Office
Mail Handlers, Watchmen, Messengers, and Group Leaders, AFL-
Rademacher, James, vice president, National Association of Letter
Carriers, Washington, D.C., accompanied by J. Stanley Lewis,
Smith, Ashby, president, National Alliance of Postal and Federal
Employees, accompanied by Wyatt C. Williams, vice president; and
J. Leon Henderson, administrative assistant to the president.--
Mink, Hon. Patsy T., a Representative in Congress from the State of
Hawaii, letter dated June 27, 1968, with attached statement of
PERSONNEL PROMOTION SYSTEM OF THE POST
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 1968
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 210, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. Robert N. C. Nix (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Mr. Nix. The subcommittee will be in order.
Today we will reopen our hearings on the morale problems in the postal service. The hearings have been useful to management and employee organizations in the postal service. It is our hope that disputes that exist can be discussed in the open and a public record made, since the people of the United States are the employers of the postal service and have a right to know about the condition of the postal service.
The hearings which began on March 10, 1967, in Philadelphia were very much concerned with this subject. The Postmaster General, W. Marvin Watson, in a release dated June 12, 1968, announced the beginning of a new equal employment program. This program is an extensive one and involves 23 new contract compliance examiners who will be responsible for reviewing the activities of private companies who do business with the postal service and who will review the equal employment efforts of these Government contractors. A new task force has been appointed to visit post offices and check into the promotion practices of these post offices with authority to make on-the-spot changes where necessary. For the first time a prepromotion supervisory training program will be set up to train 5,000 supervisory candidates of all races and $1.5 million will be spent on this program. In addition, postmasters in first-class offices have been given the special responsibility to see that equal employment opportunity programs work. This is all very encouraging. I hope that the activities of the subcommittee in turn encouraged the Post Office to take these and
Our purpose here is to have the fullest discussion possible on all employee problems. The questions from the chairman and the other members will be directed to this purpose. We are concerned with the entire operation of the Post Office Department. These hearings will be a textbook for the future.
Our first witness this morning is one of my very good friends, one of the outstanding leaders in this field. I am happy to welcome Mr. James Rademacher, vice president, National Association of Letter Carriers.
You may proceed, Mr. Rademacher. First of all, introduce for the record your associates and proceed.