The American Postal Workers Union is out with a somewhat cryptic news release on the status of negotiations over possible buyout/early out incentives. The bottom line: Stay tuned.
Although the union acknowledged “informal conversations” with the U.S. Postal Service, “no official offers have been made or discussed,” according to the release, posted on the APWU’s web site late this afternoon.
“We expect the Postal Service to make a formal request to negotiate over early-outs and incentives after several other outstanding issues have been addressed,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said in the release. Guffey didn’t say what those issues are. Spokespersons for the union and the Postal Service didn’t respond to requests for more information.
Judging FedLine’s inbox, however, interest is running high among at least some APWU members, particularly since the National Postal Mail Handlers Union last month made a deal for $15,000 buyouts–spaced over two years–available for about 45,000 employees in that craft.