Thursday, March 31, 2011

USPS plans to offer voluntary early retirement and financial incentive programs

Postal Service Plans To Cut 7,500 Jobs; More To Come?

"... Donahoe said additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized by March 2012. ..."


Source: www.costar.com

Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25 Postal Service Announcement

This post is courtesy of The Postal Newsgroup

The highly anticipated March 25 USPS announcement is referenced below as found on the USPS' website. The largest majority of the information was put out yesterday (March 24, 2011) detailing the district closings, the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), The financial incentive programs being offered to eligible career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at Headquarters, Headquarters-related Field Units, Area Offices and Customer Service District Offices (Administrative). However, the additional information provided in the following announcement that stands out boldly is 'additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.' Read below to see the official release. Stay tuned and we will provide further internal information as it trickles out.



March 25 Postal Announcement

The Announcement
PMG ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF SEVEN DISTRICTS
I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure.

As part of the ongoing redesign of the Postal Service, PMG Pat Donahoe yesterday announced USPS will close 7 of its 74 district offices. This reflects continuing alignments within the organization to achieve core business strategies and, when fully implemented, will help realize approximately $750 million of annual cost savings (Link Extra, 3/23).

The district offices scheduled for closure — Columbus, OH, (Eastern Area); Southeast Michigan in Troy, MI, and Northern Illinois in Carol Stream, IL (Great Lakes Area); Southeast New England in Providence, RI (Northeast Area); South Georgia in Macon, GA, and Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (Southwest Area); and Big Sky in Billings, MT (Western Area) — house only administrative functions that will be assumed by surrounding district offices. The closures will not affect customer service, mail delivery, Post Office operations or ZIP codes.

“I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure. One that is fair to our employees and one that will meet the future needs of our customers and the mailing industry,” said Donahoe.

This organizational redesign builds on previous PMG announcements that include a 16 percent reduction in officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units, closing the Southeast Area Office, and further reducing the employee complement by about 7,500 positions.

While yesterday’s announcement focused on the administrative and executive corps, additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.   

Reference: usps.gov
emphasis (bold-print) added by The Postal Newsgroup


March 25 Postal Announcement, USPS March 25 Announcement,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

USPS non-bargaining employee 2011 Special Incentive Offer

USPS 2011 Special Incentive Offer

"...On March 23, 2011, the Postal Service announced a Special Incentive offer for the following targeted groups:

Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Field Units, including PCES and attorneys
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Area Offices, including PCES
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to District Customer Service Offices (the offer includes PCES in closing districts only) ..."


Source: usps.gov

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yes, the Postal Service intends to cut 30,000 positions this year

Yes, the Postal Service intends to cut 30,000 positions this year

"...Federal Times reported this story directly from an editorial board meeting we held with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on March 9. Donahoe said his goal is to downsize the Postal Service by 30,000 people this year, mostly through attrition. ..."


Source: federaltimes.com

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Postal Service says not 30,000 cuts this year

"... Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will formally unveil plans to cut 7,500 jobs by the end of the month -- reductions expected to focus primarily on administrative positions and postmasters. ..."


Source: washingtonpost.com

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Postal Early Retirement Coming Soon

Postal Service to cut 7,500 positions this month, 30,000 by end of year

"...He said the Postal Service will use attrition and early retirement offers to reach that number and is weighing whether to use buyouts as well. If the Postal Service resorts to using a buyout offer, it will be targeted and not organizationwide, he said. ..."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Postal Service aid plans would jeopardize federal retirement funds, watchdog says

Postal Service aid plans would jeopardize federal retirement funds, watchdog says

"...Helping the cash-strapped Postal Service by drawing money from federal retirement and health insurance funds could jeopardize those accounts and result in ..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com