Deadline Approaches For Mail Handlers Early Retirement Incentive

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the NPMHU and the Postal Service on May 22, 2012, eligible Mail Handlers have until July 2, 2012 to choose to leave employment with the USPS (on or before August 31, 2012) and thus receive incentive payments totaling up to fifteen thousand dollars (for full-time […]

Bring On the Postal Early Out – With Incentives

GET ON WITH IT Something doesn’t add up.  Congress has introduced legislation authorizing the use of the retirement overpayment as incentives for eligible employees to retire. The postmaster general repeatedly tells everyone who will listen that he plans to reduce the work force through voluntary retirements without replacing the employees, while tens of thousands of eligible […]

Burrus: To Retire Or Not

Over the past year, employees have been bombarded with information about the expectation that the Postal Service would offer a $25,000 incentive to those eligible to retire. This message has been targeted at the more than 100,000 employees who have reached eligibility and it is assumed that an incentive will inspire them to pull the […]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement & the Postal Service: An Exodus, and the Reasons Why

The following is an editorial by Attorney Robert McGill written exclusively for The fox will gnaw its hind leg off in order to escape from the claws of a trap, to go away injured and less of a predator, but to return to survive for another day.  But man – that most unfortunate of […]

House Republicans Approve Bill To Cut Postal, Federal Pensions

“This bill is an outrageous attack on postal and federal employees.” – APWU President Cliff Guffey A House committee approved legislation on Feb. 7 that would cut pensions for postal and federal employees, while increasing the contributions the workers must make toward their retirement. The party-line vote was 22-16, with Republicans voting in favor of […]

House GOP Planning to Cut Feds Retirement Benefits to Fund Transportation Bill

Breaking Pension Promises to Fund Transportation Bill is Wrong Washington, D.C. –The leader of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) said today she is appalled that the House Republican leadership would break pension promises made to federal workers years ago to fund a transportation bill. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday voted to […]

AFGE Statement on Federal Employee Retirement Hearing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2012 – American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage today issued the following statement in response to the congressional hearing on federal employees’ retirement security before the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the federal workforce, U.S. Postal Service and labor policy: “Congress created the Federal Employees Retirement System […]

Legislative Attacks On Federal Retirement Compensation Is Based On Misguided Assumptions

STATEMENT BY DAVID B. SNELL DIRECTOR OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS SERVICES NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS OF THE FEDERAL-POSTAL COALITION note: Full testimony below Unfortunately, recent legislative proposals have sought to unravel this basic bargain, unfairly singling out middle class federal employees for disproportionate sacrifice. Last month, the […]

Rep. Lynch: Hearing On Reducing Retirement Benefits is Really Attack On Federal Workers

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., on Wednesday introduced a bill that would increase how much federal employees pay toward their retirement and steeply reduce pensions for new employees. HR 3813, the Securing Annuities for Federal Employees Act, would raise contributions for current Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) employees by 0.5 […]