on Apr 27th, 2009 in Labor | 156 comments
 
Career employees earn 4 hours of sick leave for a full pay period (80 hours), or at a rate of 5 percent. Some career employees are currently taking sick leave at approximately the same rate, liquidating their leave bank. The Postal Service’s sick leave absence rate (absenteeism) was 4.3 percent in 2008. This seems high compared to the 1.1 percent rate the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports for employees in the private sector and 1.7 percent rate for employees in the federal sector. So why was the Postal Service’s rate higher? A 2007 private sector survey by CCH Incorporated indicates two thirds (66 percent) of U.S. workers who take unscheduled sick leave do so for reasons other than physical illness, such as personal and/or family issues, stress, or entitlement. Is the Postal Service’s sick leave rate higher because employees call in sick for reasons other than physical illness?

The Postal Service cannot ignore the $1.4 billion spent on sick leave last year and recognizes that the best person to do the job is the person hired for it rather than a replacement. The Postal Service identified approximately 35,000 employees in 2008 with 20 or more unscheduled absences. That means 5 percent of its employees have nearly one absence for every paycheck! What is the impact on morale to the other 640,026 career employees? Is there something the Postal Service can do to reduce the number of unscheduled absences? We’d like to know how you feel about these issues.

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I FEEL SICK LEAVE IS VERY MUCH ABUSED AND MANAGEMENT DOES NOT IT'S PART IN CURTAILING THE PROBLEM. I'M AT A OFFICE WHERE I SEE CRAFT MEMBER THAT CAN CALL IN SIX DAY AND NOT BACK TO BACK IN A PAY PERIOD EVERY, AND STILL HAVE THERE JOB. NO WARNING,NO SEVEN DAY, FOLLOWED BY FOURTEEN DAY SUPENSION ENDING WITH HAVE A GOOD LIFE. WE TRIED WORKING WITH YOU BUT, YOU FAIL TO COMPLY. HERE ARE YOUR WALKING PAPER, GOOD BYE. MANAGEMENT MUST FOLLOW THROUGH!!!!

When I was in an exempt position I saved a lot of sick leave as I could go to the dentist, doctor, etc. without having to use leave (it usually only took and hour or two.) Now I'm in a non-exempt position and work days M-F so I have to use sick leave for every appointment. How do you not use sick leave when you have to go to the dentist twice a year, optomitrist once a year, doctor several times, chiropractor regularly, etc? And, quite honestly, yeah, I'm FERS and getting close to retirement so I see no incentive not to use sick leave. My dad was Civil Service and had a huge SL balance when he retired, but he got a benefit for saving it.

It appears that there is a lot of emotion out there that is attached to sick leave abuse. Again I say, what are you willing to do about it. Continue to complain and cry about it. Get pro active about it. The same time you spend on these websites blogging and complaining, we can write letters to the source that can do something about it. Imagine thousands of letters flooding the offices of congressmen, and senators all about the same complaint. Sick leave and the problems we have in the PO surrounding this subject. A journey begins with the first step. Let's find a way that the SL abusers are dealt with and the legitimate SL users stop being harassed.

Hi, guys:

Technically speaking, I must say the USPS is poorly managed, especially in lower levels. Consequently, we have never been able to find a sound solution easily for each issue or problem.
This is why overtimes are still voluntarily given by supervisors (they have to), and sick leaves taking become more epidemic.

Tonight, let us discuss the issue of sick leaves.

“What is the impact on morale to the other 640,026 career employees?” OIG asked. Actually this might not a good question to the public. But it is a good question to our management team if taking “on morale” out of the sentence.

Do not assume that remaining 640,026 employees are idiotic. The current managing style might make them to think of taking this legal benefit without hesitation. If a large number of employees start to liquidate their leave bank, then the problem will be no longer a just simple cost issue to USPS, it will lead to psychological level ----- losing confidence in the company they work for.

No doubt, the Postal Service felt painful for spent $1.4m on sick leaves, and ironically the company knows most of these unscheduled absences were not related to physical illness. Whether this cost will increase or decrease will remain uncertain this coming fiscal year, but managers must understand that they are facing. “Ask why, then find out why” is the mission and responsibility that management team should take.

Question? Why do they have to "This is why overtimes are still voluntarily given by supervisors (they have to)," USPS would save soooooo much money if they had any idea how many carriers nationwide steal from them everyday. 96's are put in nearly everyday and are not needed and are approved by the supervisors. There really needs to be a crack down on how much these people are robbing the post office blind. (hour long breaks, hour long lunches,) it's crazy that things can't be done to change this. They have gotten away with this for so long and can be told to there face we need to watch our 96's we are in trouble and can't afford to pay when we don't need to so please limit your 96's and turn around and turn in a 96 and get approved....PLEASE try and find a way to crack down on this it could save the PO alot of money!!!!

I love all of you who participate in the forum. I am respecting every word that you expressed, and cherishing all ideas or suggestions that you give. I think that is the reason I am here and that is reason I post here.

So, please! Don't be rude. We should not be emotional while we are all here for discussion. Forums for discussion, in fact, are intended for positive suggestions and possible solutions if members could provide.

Sick leaves are legit, and are legal benefits to workers. Nothing wrong with sick leaves claiming. If using “stealing” such strong word to criticize sick leaves abuse, it would not help to a solution. Instead, it will lead this forum to another direction.

We should know that the cost of sick leaves is a part of operating cost. The problem now seems like workers take their sick leaves at wrong time, so it appears that USPS suffers a huge lost due to its recent revenues losses. Yes, you are right, you are “trying to do a job that u were trained to do”. USPS made a big mistake while it trains its managers. They should be trained to know some basic accounting knowledge while they are trained in in-house managerial skills.

However, if sick leaves can be taken in more manageable manner, it can help USPS to reduce its cost in a long run.

Assuming that no one takes sick leaves for this year, it will, of cause, make this year’s financial statement looks better. But, don’t forget, sick leaves are legal obligation and financial liability. USPS does not pay this year and will pay in later. Now, you are the CFO of USPS, you have to determine when and how much is appropriate to pay-out will be good to CEO regardless the future of USPS. If the current price (cost) for one hour of sick leave is $2.00, it may be inflated to $2.35 per hour in 2012. What do you think? Pea.

Further, before you think of sick leave cost, please think of the forever stamps first. Discounting future revenue will result what? When the revenue earned from forever stamps used, what will USPS have for paying for the service the carriers and managers like you provide or performed. Route consolidation may temperately save some costs but it will also be result in more sick leaves claim and injury claim. Some route consolidations were unfair and ridiculous. They ignored limits of human being and aging of carriers. In business, this is a risk attempt. Interestingly, no risk-assessment report is recently found on web. Bundle with other well-planned “improvements”, you may see a general picture of future USPS.

Ok now on the sick leave and tons of other issuses really, Carriers say management is always on there backs about SL, OT, long breaks, long lunches and having a 96 for that day....(and actually getting caught on more than one occassion being somewhere for about a hour and half for lunch)it does not add up. Nothing was done not a warning not a seven day nothing.... If management says anything to that person LET THE GAME BEGIN huffing and puffing trying to talk behind your back under there breath thinking u can't hear it. For trying to do a job that u were trained to do and u get treated like the bad guy from everyone in the office when the carrier was the one caught stealing from the company.....It makes NO SENCE WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!Why is management ALWAYS the bad guy?

Man, I am not complaining but I can't respond to comments that I don't understand. Please, take the time to write in such a way that we can understand what you are saying. As far as management "always being the bad guy", no one is saying that management is always the "bad guy", but neither is craft employees. The fact is this; we are on the same ship and the torpedo that is headed for our ship is a failing economy and loss of revenue. Everyone on the ship needs a clear picture of what happens when the ship begins to sink. Some will survive and some will not. The problem is that with the impending collision everyone is in a panic and a crisis is upon us. During a panic action comes as a result of situation. Reducing sick leave is just one of the ways of keeping this ship called The USPS afloat. What about new streams of income. My city spends half a million dollars a year changing locks on cluster boxes. We have limited space in our stations and some of this space is taken up by notified parcels and hold mail. These are untapped streams of income. Why can't we charge for hold mail, new resident lock changes and re-deliveries on parcels. That is just ONE of many suggestions.

this is in reply to sun city gal.

I work in the same PO you do, but I read postal regulations. TACs/eRMS won't even accept partial day leave for EAS (exempt) employees. Open the ELM to part 519.7. It states:

519.72 Policy

Nonbargaining unit exempt employees are paid on a salary basis. This means that under the FLSA they are not considered to be hourly rate employees. Therefore, partial day absences are paid the same as work time. While exempt employees are expected to work a full day, they may request time off to attend to personal matters during the workday, including time off due to conditions covered by FMLA. If approved, the time off is “personal absence time” and is not charged to annual leave, sick leave, or LWOP.

This is why most EAS employees have a high balance on their sick leave.

You may find the most current ELM at Postal Service Policy net.

The reason there are so many abuses of sick leave should be obvious;

One group (CSRS employees) are compensated for unused sick leave while the other group (FERS employees) are not. I suspect if you conducted a survey you'd find that the vast majority of sick leave abuse ties directly to FERS employees. I know a whole lot of CSRS folks who rarely use sick leave because it is money in the bank at retirement time. Conversely, the folks who retire under FERS receive absolutely nothing for all the unused sick leave they've accumulated during their career.

It isn't really very difficult to figure this one out. Change the law so FERS retirees receive some compensation for unused sick leave when they retire and ninety percent of this problem goes away.

To me, the fact that the postal service doesn't offer short term disability is shocking to say the least. I would love to know how many disabled veterans that the post office employs. To crack the whip on people who the postal service new was disabled and would have higher levels of doctors appt's than the average person is ludicrous. If the postal service wanted to stop the injuries and have more people show up to work they would have mail stations set out in the comunities where the letter carrier could walk in and deliver the mail to the sustomers box from the back of the box, no more falling into holes in peoples yards, no more slipping on painted porches (unless of course its a rural area and mounted deliveries are the best option). Also, having mail delivery monday through friday would put us in a better position with moral for the almost 84% of the carriers that have an off day other than saturday sunday. I would be willing to bet that saturdays are in conjunction with the most called in set of days of the week. This really isnt rocket science, everyone wants to be off for the weekends with their kids, friends or family, well almost everyone.
Combine what ive said with the others who are commenting on FERS employees loosing their sick leave when they retire and i think you have a real recipe for fixing the sick leave.

WHY IS OIG CONSTANTLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT CRAFT EMPLOYEES ARE DOING? CRAFT EMPLOYEES CALLING IN? REALLY ? LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE INVESTIGATORS NOT MGMT'S PUPPET. WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM OIG USPSIS & USPS. WHEN YOU MAKE THE MGMT PART OF THE TEAM STARTING WITH JACK POTTER ON DOWN START FOLLOWING THE RULES & HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE HOSTILE WORKPLACE THEY'VE CREATED. I GUARANTEE THAT SICK LEAVE WON'T BE USED NOT EVEN HALF AS MUCH AS IT IS NOW. START INVESTIGATING THINGS THAT WILL REALLY SAVE MONEY SUCH AS WHY A PERSON WHO SITS IN AN AIR CONDITIONED OFFICE ALL DAY (6HRS) GET $100,000 YR SALARY AND A 2HOUR LUNCH WHILE SOMEBODY GETTING SPIT ON & CHASED BY A DOG HAS TO HABITUALLY SKIP ALL BREAKS INCLUDING LUNCH JUST SO THEY CAN PLEASE THESE PEOPLE. BECAUSE WHEN MGMT ISN'T HAPPY YOU KNOW IT. MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO ABUSE PEOPLE FOR NUMBERS.

Being a clerk for nearly 18 years, the answer is simple to me. The workforce is growing older. Automation was supposed to make our jobs easier, it has in fact made them MUCH more difficult...PTF's used be hired on a regular basis. Normally the PTF's were young and strong...as a new group was hired in, those before them would "move up" and no longer have to do the "grunt work". Very few jobs remain in the clerk craft where employees are not required to be on their feet for eight hours a day lifting heavy buckets and/or trays of mail repeatedly. I am a 44 year old female in fairly good health, but the job has gotten so much more difficult since I started in my late 20's. I go home nightly with sore aching muscles and swollen feet and legs...Often I find it impossible to work a full month without taking a day or two off due to physical stress and exhaustion. Bottom line is, I seriously don't know how much longer I'll be able to work at this extremely physically demanding job...

I really feel you . Im a carrier 8yrs now with 2 lifelong medical conditions and it is getting harder for me with these conditions. if they had some kind of sympathy, empathy, anything!! it could make it easier somewhat.take care of yourself and i hope you can make it.

I am a ten year Part Time Flexible (PTF) clerk working more than 40 hours per week with NO hope of ever making regular due to the "decline of mail volume." I work six days a week EVERY week and I have worked 13 days in a row every fourth week for over four years. That translates to three days off per month. Yes, some days I do not work an eight hour day but, I still have to go to work and NEVER have a scheduled day off. My day ranges from 3:00AM begin tour (BT) to 1:30PM BT and I work split shifts, which may require my day to be stretched over a 12 hour period. Now, why would I use sick leave?

The PO is alot of wear and tear on your body regardless of age. If they acted like they cared about us, maybe it would increase the morale among the post office.but you have supervisors talkin to you like you are nothing, disciplining for everything to 2 mins being late over 5 pm to more serious things. The stress is unbelievable!! no wonder people are going out on sick leave for stress and stress causes other medical conditions or exacerbate existing conditions. We have no incentive for wanting to be there. everything is micro managed, to why did you have to go to the bathroom twice today? That will stress anyone out. they want to know every move you make! Yeah there are people who abuse it ,but forthose that are really sick, its stressful to even be called in for investigative interview as to why you are using FMLA! Its ridiculous and it needs to stop!The work conditions and management need s to get better and i bet the sick leave will go down. make us feel like we are worth something other than dirt on ground or slaves. Quit nitpicking on every little thing! Morale will improve, people will enjoy coming to work, etc. and they wont be so stressed that they make an existing illness worse or stressed that they need to take 2 sick days or whatever. TREAT US BETTER!!!!

Some workers abuse sick leave due to poor & abusvie managers. They get annoyed about the stupid decisions that are made on a daily basis.

YOU ARE ABSOLUETLY RIGHT. EVERYTIME I got sick was because of an abusive supervisor.

Why should we be compensated for sick leave if we don't need it???? It is a benefit, not a right! I am so grateful that we can accumulate as much as we can for when we really need it, but we get more Annual Leave than most people I know. If you aren't sick you should not be using your sick leave. What is wrong with people that they have such a sense of entitlement? We get paid a lot of money and benefits, why screw the company that makes that happen? I just listened to a video on this sight where employees were complaining about stress and having to work so hard. You should be working hard, that is why it is called WORK. I am sick of people coming to work and acting like this is the bar on the corner and that it is social hour. GET A LIFE OUT OF THE POSTAL SERVICE!!! GROW UP!!! Come to work , do your job, make money, and then when you are not at work----live your life.

Sick leave is part of our compensation package as is our pay and annual leave. If you earn it, you should be allowed to either use it or be paid for it. Like our salaries, it is accounted for when making the budgets and calculating the cost for our services. There are two main problems related to the use of sick leave. The first problem is not employees using sick leave but employees using unscheduled sick leave. When people call in unscheduled it does put a burden on the rest of the operation and can result in extra costs to get the mail out (overtime). The second problem is the one often cited by higher level management and that is that many people earn sick leave at one rate, save it as requested, and then use it later in their career when it is paid out at a higher rate. I would like to see accounts set up for each employee like a TSP account. Put the amount of money you earn for your sick leave into that account each pay period. Have the accounts accrue interest that will at least match the whatever contractual raise you get every year. If you need to use it later, it has gone up in value to meet your current rate. If you save your sick leave until you retire, you get to keep what is in the account (after all, you earned it as part of your compensation). I think the postal service could easily find a bank or financial institution to make this work.

MY SUPERVISOR RECENTLY GAVE US A SERVICE TALK ABOUT THE COST TO THE AGENCY CALLING IN SICK. AND A VERY NEXT DAY. YES THE NEXT DAY. SHE CALLED IN SICK HERSELF. SO HAVING SUPERVISORS LIKE THAT WHO IS ALSO VERY ABUSIVE RUDE AND A BULLY. SHE IS MY ROLE MODEL. MY HERO.

How is a person supposed to know ahead of time that they are going to be sick? How is my wife supposed to know ahead of time that my 4 year old is going to have an ear infection? Is it not better to have my wife call in sick rather than have day care call my wife in the middle of her route telling her that she HAS to come pick up our daughter?

HOW WE FEEL? WELL FIRST OF ALL IT IS MY BENEFIT NOT THE P.O. BENEFIT. IT IS FOR ME TO KEEP MY MIND AND BODY AT ITS PEAK PERFORMANCE. MY HEALTH IS ONE OF THE ONLY THINGS I WILL NOT LET ANYBODY TAKE FROM ME. JUST BECAUSE I SEEM OK DOES NOT MEAN IM NOT AT MY TRYING POINT MENTALLY AND NEED TIME TO RECOOP MY MENTAL WELLBEING. THE POST OFFICE HAS NO MERCY WHEN THEY FORCED YOU FOR OVERTIME IN THE PAST OF MADE YOU WORK SCREWED UP HOURS. I HAVE BEEN IN THE PO FOR 25 YEARS AND CANNOT GET NORMAL HOURS OR DAYS OFF THAT PUTS A LARGE STRAIN TO MY FAMILY AND MYSELF, NEVER MIND THE SCRUTINY YOU ARE ALWAYS ON. I ALSO DEAL WITH INEPT MANAGEMENT THAT ARE ON POWER CONTROL TRIPS INSTEAD OF DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR THE WORKER AND COMPANY.

Sick leave is earned. If an employee is sick, that employee should be able to use sick leave without the added stress of having to deal with an abusive supervisor upon the employee's return to work. At my plant, we are understaffed and our "leaders" now use the phrase: "Do more with less". (Fewer people, more work) Then these same clowns want to lecture employees who dare to use 8 hours of sick leave. I have more accrued s/l than my supervisor yet he had the nerve to counsel me for going home sick and using 4 hours. He told me that (the ubiquitous)"they" would want documentation. The more he talked, the less I listened. I've used a grand total of 12 hours of s/l this year and this dummy has the nerve to try and threaten me. I know that it's coming from the people above him, but still...

I have been a letter carrier for over 23 years and have EARNED and accumulated my sick leave.

When one calls eLRA correctly and receives his confirmation numbers and if it is over 3 days it states, that documantation MAY be needed UPON return to work.

In my station, EVERY craft employee for the past 6 months is being LWOP for legitimatly documented sick leave both FMLA and non-FMLA.

Management in our city is "playing" with the eLRA system.

An OIG investigation is already in process regarding this.

If you are not being paid for documented and legitimate sick leave, contact the OIG.

NOT being paid for something you have EARNED not only affects you, it affects your family too.

THIS PRACTICE IS NOW A PERSONAL MATTER AND MUST BE STOPPED !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buy back all sick leave. If the workers have no sick leave, absenteeism would be minimal. Also, the imbecile managers could stop pretending to be leave administrators.

Employees must remember they volunteered to come to work for the United States Postal Service. As a condition of employment sick leave is earned. When you have employees who abuse sick leave every paycheck it makes a difficult situation to cover the workload. FMLA is abused due to the frequency someone may use it. Postal Service should give credit just as they do with Annual. Set a maximum carryover and offer a buy back option at the end of the year.

Wow. A lot of anger at s/l "abusers" by coworkers.
Hey, here's a thought...just because you are my coworker and you see I am out for however many days this year, you do NOT have the right to label me an abuser! You are NOT privy to my personal life, my or my family's medical records and do not have a clue (or at least, legally SHOULD NOT have a clue) as to why I am not in today, tomorrow, or whenever! If I am scheduled to work but call out, I have notified management as I am required to do. If I am on extended leave, I have also fulfilled my duties to report the circumstance and YOU are not entitled to a reason.
Being sick, disabled, or caring for a family member while using sick leave (up to 80 hrs/yr) does not make me a sick leave abuser. It makes me a responsible human being - sparing coworkers from my illness which also spares my employer from further related costs, and a caring parent - teaching my child(ren) compassion while tending them. I don't ask for the USPS to "give" me pay, I am using a benefit I have earned for just this use.
While some "overuse" sick leave and need to be addressed via discipline or legislative reform to equalize the CSRS/FERS issue, the real abuse here is perception.
People get sick. Family members get sick. Accidents happen. Surgeries are needed and parents age. And to coworkers and management who "know" who is abusing this benefit....it must be great to be that involved in everyone's life that you work with that intimately that you know when sick leave is appropriate and when it is being abused.
Then you certainly know about the disabled child I have at home who has had 7 surgeries in the past 24 months, and the 3 major surgeries I've had in the last 48 months. You must know about every stomach virus I've had that resulted in way too much time in the bathroom. And the ear infections one of my other children suffers with. You must know about my disabled veteren husband and my parent facing cancer. Should I go on?
I guess now it doesn't look like I've abused my sick leave anymore, does it? Maybe now, between the dr. appts, therapy appts, hospitalizations, traveling to and from said appts, the need to sleep occasionally, etc., you are wondering how I make it in to work as much as I do? Yeah, me too.
And for the record, I personally have no sick leave left. I've used a fair amount of my annual leave in lieu of sick and quite a bit of leave without pay too. I have borrowed the maximum amount of advance sick leave and paid it back.
Do I still look like an abuser?

my manager seems to think fmla is a joke she doesnt pay me sick leave she just lwop me without pay.

You said it. My spouse has stage 4 ovarian cancer, and has been fighting this disease for 32 months. Like you I have used all my annual, sick, and borrowed sick leave to care of her, take her to doctor's appointments, surgery, 18 chemo treatments so far, treatments for blood clots, and more other things than I can list here. Unless you others out there have lived my life you have no idea what I (we) are going through on a daily basis. As a side effect of the chemo her blood counts remain very low, which means she cannot spend time in public, or around others that may be sick. Of the 32 months she has fought cancer, she has been confined to the house for over 20 months, of which, the other 12 months, she was in remission, but later scans showed the cancer had come back, requiring more chemotherapy. Have you ever felt like a caged animal, standing or sitting in front of a window for hours each day, wanting to go outside, but couldn't? Have you ever taken a medication that totally wiped out your immune system, or suffered side effects from this medication that were so bad you needed help walking from the bed to the bathroom and felt like just giving up and dying would be a blessing? Have you ever cared for anyone in this condition? Have you ever had to leave them and go to work, only to have them on your mind all day, wondering if they were ok or not? Some of us do not abuse our sick leave. I go to work sick because I have no choice. I wear a mask and gloves at home when I am sick so I don't infect her. I do everything in the house because she simply doesn't have the strength to do it anymore. I work as many days as I possibly can, and on those days I agonize in my mind and heart because I know she is alone at home. Does this put any added stress on me? Of course it does. Believe me, I am not complaining here, I am very blessed. I am dealing with this situation with the help of my Postmaster and I do provide documentation for each and every day I am out of work. This letter is for the others out there that seem to pretend in their own minds they know what is going on in the lives of all their fellow employees. It is easy to stand on the outside and make judgments and gossip behind other's backs. My Postmaster is very understanding, and my hat is off to him, he is wonderful to work for. He has a huge heart and is very understanding and sympathetic for those who really need help. The Postmaster before him was totally the opposite, and I thank God she wasn't diagnosed with cancer under his watch. It may look as if a lot of us that are out of work are abusing the system, but we may have legitimate cause not to be there. When the self-righteous gossipers out there call in sick, are you really sick yourself? Are your so called friends talking behind your back when you aren't there? Think about it.

The answer is abusive management who create a hostile and stressful work environment for the workers. I can tell you this from first hand experience. I am a retired letter carrier I have been retired for over 3 years. I have also worked at another job for all of those three years. I was sick all the time at the post office. I have only used ONE day of sick leave in the last three plus years. That is because I am now treated as an ADULT. I'm left to do my work without constant HARASSMENT. I'm not required to follow a million useless rules made up by people who have no idea of what I do, but am just required to do my job.

The number one reason for the Postal Service's attendance problems is the poor management practices, the multitude of rules that make the job harder for no reason, and the abusive managers who make the workers lives a living hell.

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SUPERVISORS can be sometimes so hard on people

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In my station the only way to get a day off is to call in. Others have asked only to get denied. So it is better to call in then to miss a family event or other special occassion. It is unfortunate that staffing or mis-management causes this. I can only speak over the last 15 years and if you do ask for a day they wait till the day before to approve or deny.

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I think the reason you are seeing more sick calls as the years pass, is because the workload for the letter carrier has risen constantly. The latest FSS implementation has made the letter carrier route longer on the street. You may not think an extra 45 minutes hoofin it on the street is much of a big deal. But then again, if you think that, you have never carried mail. The increased "physical labor" part of our job, has greatly increased. We're not complaining ( generally ), but when people get on our case for the occasional sick call, we are forced to defend our actions. Sometimes, all we need is an extra day off, to recover, rejuvenate, and get back on track. Small price to pay seeing as how by the time our 30 year career is over, most of us need knee/hip/shoulder surgery at least once.

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