USPS to offer voluntary early retirements to some clerks and mail handlers

The Postal Service will extend voluntary early retirement (VER) offers to eligible mail handlers and clerks, beginning Jan. 8. The offers will contain three retirement-effective dates from which eligible employees may choose: Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 31.

While USPS has been taking aggressive steps to cut costs and increase efficiencies, additional operational changes are necessary. The Postal Service is exercising the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) delegated to it by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This VERA action is part of ongoing efforts to rightsize the Postal Service’s workforce and reposition its network through attrition to match current workloads.

Employees who accept the offers will be able to retire before they reach the standard requirements for age and years of service.

Eligible employees will receive their offer letters and annuity estimates at their addresses of record. Employees can change or update their addresses on LiteBlue.

Eligible employees who decide to accept an early-retirement offer can apply by completing and submitting the required documents by the deadline specified in their offer letters. For eligible employees who decide not to accept the offer, no response is required.

The Postal Service is not offering separation incentives to accept the early-retirement offer.

The Voluntary Early Retirement LiteBlue page has general information about the VER. Employees who have questions can email the Organizational Change mailbox.

  • GordonG

    Pass Senate bill S.1888 that increases incentives from $25,000 to $40,000 and people will leave in droves.
    The last time the USPS offered the $25,000 in the 90’s, adjusted for inflation is now $42,000, they got what they wanted…people left the post office.
    But they’ll do what they ALWAYS do…they’ll do this in a half ass manner and bungle it.

  • Eric Simon

    Than hang around GordonG…at least they won’t bungle for you?

  • gregg m

    Lol you must be in postal management, duh

  • Eric Simon

    Six years retired gregg m and loving that monthly check sitting on my couch. Hey better yet gregg m, I have my wife seven years retired sitting on that same couch collecting her monthly check too. Gotta love how the USPS has provided us the opportunity to collect dual retirement checks all these years and still not hit age 60! DUH

  • Nadine Majkowski Wudarski Wint

    you must be under the old system and not FERS…..

  • SSA Extraordinaire

    Cash incentives will not happen anymore. The PO can always bank on enough people close to retirement hating the place enough to take the opportunity to leave. The last cash incentive of $15,000 did not make me leave, but I did leave two years ago…Salary hikes and COLAs made a big enough difference to make the previous incentive worthless. Looking back, staying another year or two does not change your retirement pay that much, so get out, and enjoy life. I find I sleep well now, I sure did not while working for the idiots in charge, even though I like my work.

  • Mike Okkizbiggre

    That $25,000 incentive was only offered to managers at the time.

  • cherrie mcfarland

    Anybody know if they will b offering VER this year? I’m sooooo ready to get out of this madness.

  • Robocop5626

    They shut down the PPOs in 2003. Didn’t accept a transfer to Chicago or Baltimore. Became a PTF clerk again after 22 yrs. After a year on the mail sorting machines at age 47, I applied in 2004 under the VERA that was open. They wrote me a nice letter declining my request since I only had 23 yrs per their records and the VERA required a minimum of 25 yrs. I wrote back informing them I had paid the required deposit to qualify my military service under CSRS. A few weeks later I received the letter apologizing for their error, as I had over 28 yrs with my accrued sick leave. I left at the end of August in 03. I lost 16 percent for being 8 yrs below retirement age.
    The district hired me as a contract RN to assist the career Occupational Health Nurse Administrator, or OHNA. Figured it might last a year or so. Wound up staying just over 6 yrs, last two as the OHNA. A very tough job with amazing pay and benefits. I sorted mail by hand after learning the scheme. Switched to letter carrier to work days. Had a float for five years, then my own route for two. Then the USPS opened a security force. Did that for 24 yrs until it was shut down. USPS has surely changed the last 30 yrs.