Calling it a “Ponzi scheme”, former APWU President Bill Burrus has attacked what he claims are plans to offer some of the union’s many officers sizable incentives to retire. Burrus had previously criticized the union for having too many officers:
Elected positions throughout the union, including Business Agents and Resident Officers would be cherry picked for retirement incentives and would receive an amount determined by the executive board or president. This amount is expected to exceed $40,000 per incentive, sufficient to encourage the officer to retire. So for each officer who earns in the range of $100,000 or more per year, a postal retirement, plus 30 days severance pay, and unused annual leave will also be paid an incentive that is targeted on a personal level, while union members who want to retire cannot get a letter answered or a phone call returned. It would be nice if the Postal Service offered union members $40,000 or more when their positions are being abolished
This intricate plan is being developed and pursued at a time that the members whose dues will be used for this Ponzi scheme who are eligible to retire are being denied a postal incentive because of unrelated disputes; forty thousand or more for officers, and zip for the members.