USPS has improved the methods eligible craft employees use to exercise their retreat rights.Involuntarily reassigned employees are entitled to “retreat” to their previous installations when job opportunities become available. Now, employees can use an efficient and reliable new automated method to enter, track and manage their retreat rights on eJob Bidding at LiteBlue.
The new online process is different for employees in the various crafts. Here’s how it works for city letter carriers and clerks:
- Clerks and city letter carriers who receive a “Notice of Involuntary Reassignment” can request retreat rights using eJob Bidding.
- Acceptance of retreat rights must be completed prior to the effective date of the excessing reassignment.
- Acceptance may be done manually by submitting a signed letter or electronically by using an HR kiosk or the eJob Bidding site on LiteBlue.
- Employees can state preferences on eJob Bidding for authorized positions in their former installation provided their former bid cluster uses automated bidding.
- When accepting retreat rights through eJob Bidding, an electronic signature will verify the employee’s approval.
Here’s how the new online process works for mail handlers:
- Mail handlers who receive a Notice of Involuntary Reassignment will automatically be given retreat rights when excessed.
- Employees retreat back to their former installation at the first available mail handler residual vacancy, regardless of level.
- Employees also can state preferences on eJob Bidding for authorized positions in their former installation, provided their former bid cluster uses automated bidding.