Today, January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees.
This 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 APWU immediately initiated information requests to USPS management regarding this VERA and demands for bargaining over its scope and impact.
”It is concerning that employees who are now faced with such a serious consideration regarding their work and retirement future, have not been given sufficient advance notification and needed information,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Such a life changing and irrevocable decision should not be forced to be made in a rush due to management’s lack of consideration.”
Click here for the 2018 VERA Questions and Answers, provided by the USPS.
Click here for the 2018 VERA "Steps At-a-Glance," provided by the USPS.
The APWU will provide further information and education material as it becomes available.
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 APWU encourages you to consider the decision carefully and urge you to participate in USPS-sponsored counseling so you can make an informed decision. Employees requesting additional help after a group session will be accommodated on an individual basis. In accordance with a 2009 pre-arbitration settlement, local management must arrange reasonably private space for employees who wish to receive individual counseling on the clock.