USPS announces early retirement track for clerks, union responds
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 09, 2018
The Postal Service this week announced that it is now offering early retirement to craft clerk employees.
The Postal Service clarified the program in a letter to the American Postal Workers Union, issued on Jan. 4. USPS said it will provide voluntary early out retirement, known as “VERA,” for to certain eligible clerk craft employees.
The union, registering its displeasure at the manner in which the announcement—and the program—were conceived, notes in a press release on the matter that the USPS letter “was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions.”
The release also reminds those employees who would take advantage of the VERA offer to “consider the decision carefully” and engage in counseling offered by the union prior to winding down their career.
“The decision to retire is among the most important you will ever make. Employees contemplating retirement are eligible for retirement counseling and should take advantage of the opportunity,” the press release said.