Timeline announced for VER offered to carriers and clerks in select Pacific Area locations

In a move to further right-size complement levels to better match workload, the Pacific Area is offering a voluntary early retirement (VER) to carriers and clerks working at select impacted sites and at non-impacted offices within a 50-mile radius of the impacted sites. Following is the timeline:

  • July 19-22, 2011— Annuity estimates and VER offer mailings to VER-eligible employees
  • July 25-August 26, 2011— Window period for employees to consider VER offer
  • August 26, 2011 — Decision-to-retire irrevocable date for VER
  • September 30, 2011— VER effective date. Note: If eligible, employees may choose to retire early on August 31, 2011.

Should the number of employees electing to take the VER exceed the number of impacted employees at the select sites, first consideration will be given to the impacted employees. Additional VER applications will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis as determined by the earliest date of receipt of Acknowledgement of Irrevocability & Application for Immediate Retirement (VER).

These changes are part of the Pacific Area’s efforts to streamline operations, increase efficiencies and reduce costs in support of the USPS action plan to ensure a strong, viable organization now and in the future.

For more information, contact your district Human Resources office.

Pacific Area VER Timeline July 2011

  • J Jameson

    What a surprise, another wasted retirement offer with no financial incentive. What is wrong with these people?
    The Post Office has now posted about a half dozen Voluntary Early Retirement offers now that have gotten so little participation that they weren’t worth the cost of printing them and sending them out.
    This is only a ploy, the Post Office knows that there will be little interest in any early out that does not contain any money. They offer this alleged bone to be able to say that they offered something so that then they can talk layoffs.

    This is typical of the poor way that the Post Office manages their employees. And yet they claim that their employees are their most important resource. Hah !

  • brian

    Funny, I don’t recall seeing a half dozen VERs lately- just the HQ/Area one and this one. There were some targeted specifically to operations that were being closed, which is automatic, but I haven’t seen any numbers- what are you basing your comment on? There seems to be a perception (mainly among employees who are close to retirement) that the USPS is grossly overstaffed, and desperately needs to get rid of huge numbers of employees. That doesn’t match reality- carriers are probably understaffed- otherwise they wouldn’t be running 10% overtime nationwide. Clerks and mail handlers are probably overstaffed in some locations, and with the new contract, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more VERs for clerks especially. The point you’re missing is that the USPS loses a certain percentage of employees every year through attrition- it cut clerks by 4.7% in the past 12 months without any incentives. It’s only going to offer incentives if it needs to speed up that rate of loss. A certain number of employees are going to retire as soon as they’re eligible. A percentage of those would leave tomorrow if they could- so those are the ones targeted for VER. And there are plenty more who just need to get to their targeted pension level before they plan to leave. Don’t forget the USPS also has negative incentives available, like involuntary relocations, schedule changes, etc. It will exhaust all of the “free” options it has before it considers offering you a bonus to retire.

    By the way- if the USPS claims “employees are their most important resource”, why would it want to get rid of them?

  • Constance

    The Postal Service cannot offer a cash incentive unless OPM approves and the maximum is $25000. Also the Postal Service cannot add years of service to your service credit. That would be changing OPM rules and if they offered it to the PO they would have to do the same with all Federal Agency employees. As for the understaffing in offices, it is not going to change until the dust settles down and if you are getting ot now; save the money, do not get used to living off of it as when it stops I have seen many employees who got used to it, loose homes and cars.

  • Gregg

    The employees that are our most important resources are not the rank and file APWU,NALC etc… members.You know,the people who actually sort mail,deliver mail etc…Instead,the USPS is putting supervisors and management in that catagory.My office has as many supervisors and management personnel as we do distribution clerks,on any given day.Carriers get day off overtime and V time on a daily basis. On the carrier side,1 TE has been hired within the last 6 months.TE carriers in my office can only work 5 days a week.Cannot work over 40 hours,yet the USPS is willing to pay day off overtime, V time to regular carriers.However,on the clerk side their is very little overtime,even though we are shorthanded.Does this make any sense??Here’s a quote from one of my favorite RUSH songs.”Call out for direction and their’s no one their to steer.Shout out for salvation and their’s no one their to hear!!!

  • Rhonda

    There are a lot of Postmasters that would have gone in March (with or without an incentive) if a Vera had been offered to them. What is the USPS waiting on to offer Veras to Postmasters? Everyone knows that there are too many managers in the workforce now. If some of those were offered Veras they would leave and that would leave room for some of the craft to be promoted into their positions but with a lower salaries and perhaps more ambition than a lot of the Postmasters and other managers that have perhaps burned out and are waiting for a Vera so they can retire. Please offer Veras to Postmasters as well as other managers to help keep some of the craft employees working and lowering the payscale for managers by craft employees getting those positions. I will also put “new and young blood” with “new and fresh” ideas in management positions. Hopefully making offerings such as this will help keep the USPS going for many more years. Now is the time for nationwide Vera offerings for ALL EAS employees.

  • gone postal

    To me,the incentive is not going to that miserable place anymore.Supervisors have made carriers lives miserable for years.All they care about is their”numbers”,not the actual people that do the job.

  • David

    Actually, M. Jameson hits the nail on the head again….Brian, if you care to research, there have been two VER’s over the past 4 years offered at the carrier/craft level, none offering incentives, and none well-received. Carriers running at a 10% overtime nationwide average sounds like mish-mash considering the gobbledy-gook game the managers play, but combining the volume vomit bestowed upon carriers (and, by the way, customers) in the retch known as FSS, the mind-numbing, hand-numbing, feet and leg-numbing labor intensive work methods involved in street delivery (misdelivery?) compound with the natural inclination of the pencil pushers to over-adjust routes to capture “projected” savings. Additionally, to paraphrase you in your response to M. Jameson, the point you are missing is that come contract time, the likelihood of a two-tiered system for the NALC akin to that recently ratified by the APWU is considerable, and although it may be penny-wise for the USPS to “exhaust all of the free options it has,” it cannot be more pound foolish of an organization not to somehow encourage those top earners to retire even one day early. Ah, yes, M. Jameson has it correct, again. “What is wrong with these people?”

  • brian

    David- 10% overtime is reality- that’s according to payroll records, not whatever mish mash you’re talking about- try dealing with facts.

    Your comment about a two tiered system for carriers makes no sense- why would USPS get rid of carriers now that it obviously still needs, and would have to replace with new hires or still more OT, when it can wait until a two tiered system comes along?

    I realize that I’m not going to convince someone who thinks he’s entitled to a bonus for quitting his job that it doesn’t make sense for the USPS- but those are the facts.

  • David

    Brian- And who would be the one you suggest would feel as though he is entitled to a bonus for quitting? Or, really, do “facts” matter to you? Again, the numbers you quote are nothing more than the rigamarole imputed into a flawed system by a legion of not-impartial participants. There are a number of reasons managers can (though, I am sure, they do not) inflate/deflate volume records across the spectrum of distribution and delivery functions, and accordingly, the requisite number of workhours needed to perform said functions are not now and will not soon be illustrative of the accurate total. Lastly, I am not suggesting USPS get “rid” of carriers; I am agreeing with M. Jameson that a worthy VER proposal that craft would want to parcipitate in far outweighs the obvious flim-flam of a political gesture that a hollow VER would contribute.

  • brian

    David- obviously facts matter to me- that’s why I use them. Apparently they don ‘t matter to you? As I said in my earlier message, 10% overtime is a fact, not an opinion. We’re not talking about supervisors and clipboards- we’re talking about payroll records. Your suggestion that the USPS creates phony payroll records is ludicrous, given that that would require the connivance of the unions, PRC, Congress (both parties), mailers, UPS, FedEx- basically anyone with an interest in the USPS- payroll is an integral part of the rate setting process, and if there is any question about the validity of those numbers, One or more of those parties would be screaming about it. So far, no one except you has even mentioned the possibility. And maybe you could tell us why exactly the USPS would inflate city carrier overtime numbers? Oh, and where is all that money going if it isn’t in city carrier’s paychecks? Are there thousands of fake employees? Or are carriers getting lots of overtime pay without actually working it? Don’t you feel a little stupid claiming to be the only person in the entire world who thinks there’s a vast conspiracy to fake payroll numbers and send millions of dollars who knows where? (One more thing- supervisors and clipboards also have nothing to do with volume reporting. The only official USPS volume numbers come from the ODIS/RPW system, which uses actual permit documents and random sampling by bargaining unit (not management) employees. You obviously have very little knowledge about how the USPS actually operates).

  • Damian Sotto

    IN TODAYS ECONOMY, NO FINANCIAL INCENTIVE, NOBODY WANTS TO GO FOR VER…..PERIOD !!!!! I’LL KEEP PRESSING ON TO LIVE ON!!!!!!!

  • David

    Brian…If the facts really do matter to you, you might respond to argument with pertinent points. I did not, if you care to re-read, contend that payroll records were phony. (You spend the majority of your diatribe on this thrust; possibly your agenda hijacks your ability to coalesce information with response, I don’t know.) I did not, if you care to re-read again, suggest that overtime records were inflated. (See above comments in parathenses.) Lastly, managers and clipboards have very much to do with volume reporting on the workroom floor; every morning DOIS numbers are posted on each route to suggest carrier productivity for the day, and these numbers are derived from, yes, a manager and a clipboard.

  • brian

    David- here’s what you wrote:

    Carriers running at a 10% overtime nationwide average sounds like mish-mash considering the gobbledy-gook game the managers play, but combining the volume vomit bestowed upon carriers (and, by the way, customers) in the retch known as FSS, the mind-numbing, hand-numbing, feet and leg-numbing labor intensive work methods involved in street delivery (misdelivery?) compound with the natural inclination of the pencil pushers to over-adjust routes to capture “projected” savings.

    Forgive me if I misunderstood- I assumed that when you said 10% OT was “mish-mash considering the gobbledy-gook game the managers play”, you were implying that the overtime rate was incorrect, which would mean that payroll records would have to have been falsified. Now you say that’s not what you meant, which is fine, but maybe you could translate that paragraph into English for the rest of us, so we could try to figure out what you DID mean to say!

    The official volumes reported by the USPS are not the result of supervisors with clipboards, as I’ve explained. DOIS numbers are not the official volume numbers used in calculating rates, allocating costs, or planning budgets- only ODIS-RPW numbers are used for those purposes.