Congressional hearings on the U.S. Postal Service usually fall somewhat short of spine-tingling, but here’s a fascinating tidbit from this morning’s session before a Senate subcommittee: There are 132 postal workers aged 90 or older currently receiving workers’ compensation, three of whom are 98. That’s according to Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“These individuals should be switched to the retirement system; they’re never going to return to work over age 90,” Collins said at the hearing by the panel’s federal financial management subcommittee.
According to Collins, employees on workers’ comp with dependents receive 75 percent of their wages, tax-fee. For comparison purposes, a postal retiree in the Civil Service Retirement System with at least 30 years service would receive 56.25 percent of salary, according to Collins.
But USPS spokesman Gerry McKiernan said later that some of those 132 people may be survivors of postal workers. The workers’ comp policy is not unique to the Postal Service, he added, but government-wide.