Two questions for our readers at the Postal Service, following up on this afternoon’s announcement that USPS will offer buyouts to tens of thousands of employees.
First, I’ve been getting e-mails for at least a year from postal workers who said they would consider retiring early if the Postal Service offered an incentive. That incentive is here now, in the form of a $15,000 payout over 12 months. Is it enough? Will you take it?
Second, maybe you read this story I wrote in April after interviewing Postmaster General John Potter. It includes the following:
The Postal Service’s last round of early retirements did not include incentives. And Potter said incentives are not realistic this year, either.
“Our employees would love some kind of a windfall, but the fact is, we can’t afford to,” Potter said.
Less than five months later, USPS has done an about-face. In between Potter’s statement and today, though, some 2,500 postal workers accepted early retirement offers that did not include incentives. Are you one of those employees? Are you frustrated that you accepted the no-incentive offer?
Interested to hear from you, via e-mail or in the comments.