[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 117, 108th Congress, 1st Session]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

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Public Law 108-86
108th Congress

An Act

To amend chapter 10 of title 39, United States Code, to include
postmasters and postmasters' organizations in the process for the
development [NOTE: Sept. 30, 2003 -  [S. 678]] and planning of certain
policies, schedules, and programs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress [NOTE: Postmaster Equity Act of
2003.] assembled,

SECTION 1. [NOTE: 39 USC 101 note.] SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Postmasters Equity Act of 2003''.


(a) Percentage Representation Requirement.--The second sentence of
section 1004(b) of title 39, United States Code, is amended--
(1) by inserting ``that an organization (other than an
organization representing supervisors) represents at least 20
percent of postmasters,'' after ``majority of supervisors,'';
(2) by striking ``supervisors)'' and inserting ``supervisors
or postmasters)''.

(b) Consultation and Other Rights.--Section 1004 of title 39, United
States Code, is amended--
(1) by redesignating subsection (h) as subsection (i); and
(2) by inserting after subsection (g) the following:

``(h)(1) [NOTE: Applicability.] In order to ensure that
postmasters and postmasters' organizations are afforded the same rights
under this section as are afforded to supervisors and the supervisors'
organization, subsections (c) through (g) shall be applied with respect
to postmasters and postmasters' organizations--
``(A) by substituting `postmasters' organization' for
`supervisors' organization' each place it appears; and
``(B) if 2 or more postmasters' organizations exist, by
treating such organizations as if they constituted a single
organization, in accordance with such arrangements as such
organizations shall mutually agree to.

``(2) If 2 or more postmasters' organizations exist, such
organizations shall, in the case of any factfinding panel convened at
the request of such organizations (in accordance with paragraph (1)(B)),
be jointly and severally liable for the cost of such panel, apart from
the portion to be borne by the Postal Service (as determined under
subsection (f)(4)).''.
(c) Definitions.--Subsection (i) of section 1004 of title 39, United
States Code (as so redesignated by subsection (b)(1)) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``and'' after the

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(2) in paragraph (2), by striking the period and inserting a
semicolon; and
(3) by adding after paragraph (2) the following:
``(3) `postmaster' means an individual who is the manager in
charge of the operations of a post office, with or without the
assistance of subordinate managers or supervisors;
``(4) `postmasters' organization' means an organization
recognized by the Postal Service under subsection (b) as
representing at least 20 percent of postmasters; and
``(5) `members of the postmasters' organization' shall be
considered to mean employees of the Postal Service who are
recognized under an agreement--
``(A) between the Postal Service and the
postmasters' organization as represented by the
organization; or
``(B) in the circumstance described in subsection
(h)(1)(B), between the Postal Service and the
postmasters' organizations (acting in concert) as
represented by either or any of the postmasters'
organizations involved.''.

(d) Thrift [NOTE: 39 USC 1004 note.] Advisory Council Not To Be
Affected.--For purposes of section 8473(b)(4) of title 5, United States
(1) each of the 2 or more organizations referred to in
section 1004(h)(1)(B) of title 39, United States Code (as
amended by subsection (b)) shall be treated as a separate
organization; and
(2) any determination of the number of individuals
represented by each of those respective organizations shall be
made in a manner consistent with the purposes of this

SEC. 3. [NOTE: 39 USC 1004 note.] EFFECTIVE DATE.

The amendments made by this section shall take effect 60 days after
the date of the enactment of this Act.

Approved September 30, 2003.


SENATE REPORTS: No. 108-112 (Comm. on Governmental Affairs).
July 29, considered and passed Senate.
Sept. 16, considered and passed House.