The Washington Post claimed again this morning that the USPS was planning to lay off “thousands” of postmasters and supervisors. This afternoon, in a telephone conversation with NAPUS National President Bob Rapoza, the PMG categorically denied the Post story:
NAPUS National President Bob Rapoza called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe this morning in response to a March 25, 2011 article in the Washington Post, which stated the Postal Service planned to â€œeliminate the jobs of thousands of postmasters and supervisors, many through layoffs.â€ Postmaster General Donahoe told President Rapoza that he could tell Postmasters that â€œthere will be no layoffs for Postmasters.â€
The Washington Post article, which quoted postal officials about the Postal Serviceâ€™s reorganization, generated many calls and emails to the NAPUS national office concerning the possibility of layoffs for Postmasters. Early this morning, the NAPUS President placed a call to the PMG, who later returned the call to Rapoza telling him that Postmasters will not be laid off.
The NAPUS national office has also been inundated with calls and emails, asking why Postmasters werenâ€™t included in the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) and incentive offers that were announced for USPS Headquarters, Area and District EAS Non-Bargaining employees. The reason Postmasters were not included in the VER and incentive offers is because post offices werenâ€™t eliminated in the recent downsizing effort, thus Postmasters were not impacted employees.
Area positions (originally 1,123) are being reduced by 27.3% which equates to a job loss of 306 positions leaving a total of 817 area positions.
District positions (originally 5,791) are being reduced by 24.92% which equates to a reduction of 1,443 jobs, leaving a total of 4,348 district positions.
That is a total of 1,749 jobs down from the previous 6,914
While post offices have not been specifically targeted for closing during this initial downsizing effort, plans to close post offices are part of the overall reorganization process. NAPUS will continue to keep you informed on any information that Postal Headquarters provides concerning planned closings of post offices. The PMG reiterated his commitment to continue open communications with NAPUS, with â€œno hidden agenda.â€ He told President Bob Rapoza that he could quote him that â€œthere will be no layoffs for Postmasters.â€