Voluntary Early Retirement Has Potential Side Effects

 PDF (407.63 KB) 01/23/2018 – The Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) recently announced for eligible Clerk Craft employees by the USPS has generated many questions. Members are asking, “Should I accept early-out retirement?” It is not the place of the National APWU to give advice on whether to retire or not. That is a personal decision. However, it is a decision with implications that members should consider. APWU Pushes for Incentive  USPS management did not discuss the VER with the APWU in advance. APWU National officers initiated a Jan. 10 meeting with postal management to address concerns about the VER including why the VER was not offered to all crafts, the need to halt all plans for excessing in light of the VER and the process for retirement counseling. Management has committed to respond to the APWU’s questions, which we will share as received. In this meeting, the union also pressed its views that: The USPS is not overstaffed, and service is suffering due to understaffing; and, If the Postal Service moves forward with its misguided plans to reduce the workforce, they should offer a monetary incentive for those eligible for regular retirement, as well  as for employees eligible for an early-out. Incentives have been offered numerous times in the past for both bargaining unit and supervisory employees. If you are eligible for the VER, you should have received a package from the...

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