has this been on the boards yet? i replied on an earlier thread, but i think this is important
The U.S. Postal Service will make early retirement offers to 26,000 mail handlers and postal clerks this week, in an effort to reduce the workforce due to declining mail volume.
All eligible postal employees who accept the early retirement offer must separate from the Postal Service by the end of March, but workers also have the option of choosing Jan. 31 or Feb. 28 as their retirement dates under the early-out deal. Postal workers who meet the criteria for early retirement first received their notices on Monday.
In order to qualify for the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA), employees must have at least 20 years of service and be at least age 50, or have 25 years of service at any age. USPS has obtained permission from the Office of Personnel Management to make the early retirement offers, but does not expect to offer buyouts for workers who take the early out.
“There will be no separation incentives associated with the [voluntary early retirement] officers,” Alan Moore, USPS’ manager of labor relations policies and programs, wrote in a Jan. 4 notice to National Postal Mail Handlers’ Union President Paul Hogrogian.