I want to give you another update on the redesign released last week. The most important information to share is the correction of the Washington Post article. On the Postal Service’s Friday Morning Report the Washington Post had an article which stated “the Postal Service planned to eliminate the jobs of thousands of postmasters and supervisors, many through layoffs.” The PMG, Pat Donahoe, has said that there are no plans for Postmasters to be laid off.
The LEAGUE continues to get questions about the VER incentives for this redesign. At this time these incentives are only for those employees impacted in the Areas, Districts and Headquarters. Postmasters are not part of this incentive package.
All the Districts, Areas and Headquarters were busy Friday talking with employees to explain the impacts of the redesign. I will try to recap the latest but please be aware that this information can change.
In the Districts, 1443 positions have been eliminated from the existing 5791; this is a 24.9% reduction. The deepest cuts are in Finance with 256 jobs; a 48.95 % reduction. The Areas will be losing fewer positions in Finance to cover some of this work.
In the Areas, 306 jobs of the existing 1123 were eliminated, which is a 27.23% cut. With the District cuts in finance the Areas will lose 29 of the existing 299 finance positions, which is a 9.7% cut. There were deeper cuts in all of the other Area functions.
Headquarters has not shared the number of jobs lost yet but the LEAGUE has been told that it is a 20% cut. PCES positions across the country have been cut from 680 to 521, a loss of 159 PCES positions.
This is the breakdown of the seven impacted Districts and the Districts that will absorb the workload.
• Albuquerque goes to Arizona
• Columbus to Cincinnati and three digit zips 434-436; 458 from Cincinnati goes to Northern Ohio
• South Georgia goes to North Florida and three digit zip 321 from North Florida goes to Sun Coast
• Southeast Michigan goes to Detroit
• Northern Illinois goes to Lakeland, Gateway and Central Illinois. The three digit zips 498 and 499 of Lakeland will be going to Greater Michigan.
• Southeast New England District goes to Greater Boston (020,023,025,026) and Connecticut Valley (027,028,029)
• Big Sky District goes to the Dakotas
There were 419 employees in these Districts prior to consolidation. As you can see the District consolidation and cuts were pretty wide spread and deep. We will continue to update you to specifics as they happen.
National League of Postmasters