Maybe. The minuscule pay increases; the back-loaded, waived and deferred COLAs; the lower starting salaries for future employees; the increases in employees’ share of contributions toward healthcare coverage; the retention of the no layoff clause and the return of many jobs to APWU employees could save the USPS billions of dollars in operations costs, which could possibly preserve APWU craft employees jobs for years. The new Non-Traditional Full-Time duty assignments and the new Postal Support Employee work force would give the USPS more flexibility in adopting employees’ work schedules that would fit their business needs.
All APWU members will be mailed a copy of the Tentative Agreement and a ratification ballot to vote yes or no on April 8, 2011. The ballot must be returned to APWU Headquarters by May 10, 2011. The Choice is Yours!
Show US the Money-If You Want US To Go!
So far, although rumors are saying the opposite, there has been no official announcement indicating that bargaining unit employees will receive retirement incentives.
APWU Oakland Local #78
PostalReporter.com note:A reliable source provided the following info..
At the briefing I attended, two national officers told me privately that a VERA for APWU members was certain if this contract passes. They didn’t know what incentive the USPS would offer. It seems to me that a VERA following approval of this contract should be made public. A lot more senior employees would vote Yes on this contract if they knew.
Readers must keep in mind there has been no official announcement of any VER offer to craft employees. But if you are thinking about retiring soon be prepared to take it.