Although postal officials haven’t publicly used the word, the Washington Post reports today that the US Postal Service expects to layoff “many”, perhaps thousands, of postmasters and supervisors if it doesn’t get enough of them to take early retirement. The story says the USPS expects the early retirement offer to be accepted by about 3,000 employees. The remainder of the 7,500 in staffing reductions would come by way of layoffs, the paper claims. The story contradicts what the Post says it was told by the PMG in January, when he said reductions would be made by attrition.
Once buyout decisions aimed at administrative staff are final in April, the agency plans to eliminate the jobs of thousands of postmasters and supervisors, many through layoffs, officials said.
â€œNobody did anything wrong, but weâ€™re a victim of the economy and past legislation,â€ said Anthony Vegliante, the Postal Serviceâ€™s chief human resources officer and executive vice president…
Vegliante said he expects about 3,000 administrators to take the buyouts… Layoffs will then be used to help reach the 7,500 goal, he said, though he would not commit to a number.