November 18, 2010
NAPUS has received a copy of the recently signed Retention Incentive Agreement between the Postal Service and Anthony Vegliante, Executive VP and Chief Human Resources Officer of the USPS. The agreement which was signed on November 10, 2010 and became effective on November 1, 2010, provides annual payment(s) to Mr Vegliante of twenty five percent (25%) of Mr. Vegliante basic salary, which is currently listed at nearly $237,000. NAPUS is outraged that the Postal Service would offer such lavish retention payments to Mr. Vegliante and other high ranking postal officers at a time when the USPS is facing a financial crisis with plans to close and consolidate post offices and cut services to customers.
Earlier this year Mr Vegliante placed a freeze on all Postmaster vacancies, creating management and service instability in more than 3,000 post offices across the nation. During FY-2009, the Pay-for- Performance ratings for Postmasters were arbitrarily lowered, resulting in a record number of Postmasters receiving no pay increase. NAPUS is opposed to providing financial incentives to retain it’s top paid officers, which is not in the best interest of the Postal Service when we are facing financial turmoil. This new development will be monitored closely as we approach the Postmaster final FY-2010 PFP ratings and the upcoming Management Pay Talks.