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EagleDog  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:14:00 AM(UTC)

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USPS opts for reduction in force for non-union employees in agency restructuring’s final phase
May 4, 2021

The Postal Service is moving ahead with a non-voluntary reduction in force of non-bargaining unit employees after sending voluntary early retirement offers to its eligible management workforce.

Ahead of the layoffs and reassignments, USPS will send a second round of Voluntary Early Retirement offers to eligible employees working at its headquarters, headquarters-related facilities, area offices and district offices.

The agency, meanwhile, is lifting a hiring freeze that’s been in place since last summer and will post job offers “to facilitate placement opportunities for impacted employees,” according to a memo obtained by Federal News Network.

The RIF announcement, sent Monday, marks the third and final part of an administrative restructuring USPS started last fall.

Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino said in the memo that USPS will walk employees through the details of its final organizational structure and staffing in a series of town-hall meetings it will hold the week of May 17.

“Managers should schedule follow-up discussion with individuals impacted by the changes,” Tulino wrote, adding that his office would provide additional information to assist with these sessions.

Employees affected by the RIF will receive a Specific RIF Notice (SRN) in the mail and via email on May 21. The SRN will outline employees’ prospects for reassignment or demotion, or next steps in their separation from the agency.

Employees affected by the RIF must separate from the agency on Oct. 8, but employees who accept a reassignment or demotion will start their new positions Oct. 9.

Eligible employees will receive their second voluntary early retirement offer this Friday, and must decide whether to take the offer no later than July 16. Employees who do take the offer must leave the agency effective July 30.

The second-round voluntary early retirement offers won’t come with any monetary incentive. Eligible employees will receive their VER offers in the mail and via email.

While USPS billed its first round of early retirement offers as part of its “reduction-in-force avoidance activities,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told Federal News Network last month that USPS didn’t have immediate plans to conduct a RIF, but didn’t rule it out either.

“We’re going to use every tool in our toolbox to create a viable entity that serves the American people, so nothing is ever off the table. But at this time, that’s not anything that I’m particularly focused on,” DeJoy said during the April 5 interview.

National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) President Brian Wagner said last month USPS had notified employees of their eligibility for a second round of voluntary early retirements in mid-March, if the agency decided to go ahead with a RIF.

Wagner also said USPS, by lifting the hiring freeze, would create “landing spots” that would give RIF-ed employees a shot at another agency job instead of a layoff.

USPS lifted its hiring freeze on management positions Monday, and will start posting new job listings for management-level positions on May 25.

USPS will post available positions in three waves. In phases 1 and 2, USPS will accept applications from impacted and non-impacted employees in affected competitive areas. In phase 3, USPS will run a five-day posting available only to impacted employees.

These jobs will include openings at USPS headquarters, area and district offices, as well as customer service field positions and mail-and-package processing plants on a “case-by-case basis.”

In phase one of the restructuring, announced last August, DeJoy reshuffled USPS executives and realigned the agency to focus on three lines of effort — retail and delivery operations, logistics and processing, and commerce and business solutions.

This March, in rolling out phase two, USPS announced its first wave of early retirement offers and its plans to consolidate its 67 districts into 50 districts that more closely align with state boundaries.

As part of its third and final phase of the agency restructuring, USPS will centralize address management and support functions for its post office operations and delivery program into the office of its chief retail and delivery officer. This will ensure all USPS support functions are centralized at its headquarters.

https://federalnewsnetwo...tructurings-final-phase/
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:38:59 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: EagleDog Go to Quoted Post
USPS opts for reduction in force for non-union employees in agency restructuring’s final phase
May 4, 2021

The Postal Service is moving ahead with a non-voluntary reduction in force of non-bargaining unit employees after sending voluntary early retirement offers to its eligible management workforce.

Ahead of the layoffs and reassignments, USPS will send a second round of Voluntary Early Retirement offers to eligible employees working at its headquarters, headquarters-related facilities, area offices and district offices.

The agency, meanwhile, is lifting a hiring freeze that’s been in place since last summer and will post job offers “to facilitate placement opportunities for impacted employees,” according to a memo obtained by Federal News Network.

The RIF announcement, sent Monday, marks the third and final part of an administrative restructuring USPS started last fall.

Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino said in the memo that USPS will walk employees through the details of its final organizational structure and staffing in a series of town-hall meetings it will hold the week of May 17.

“Managers should schedule follow-up discussion with individuals impacted by the changes,” Tulino wrote, adding that his office would provide additional information to assist with these sessions.

Employees affected by the RIF will receive a Specific RIF Notice (SRN) in the mail and via email on May 21. The SRN will outline employees’ prospects for reassignment or demotion, or next steps in their separation from the agency.

Employees affected by the RIF must separate from the agency on Oct. 8, but employees who accept a reassignment or demotion will start their new positions Oct. 9.

Eligible employees will receive their second voluntary early retirement offer this Friday, and must decide whether to take the offer no later than July 16. Employees who do take the offer must leave the agency effective July 30.

The second-round voluntary early retirement offers won’t come with any monetary incentive. Eligible employees will receive their VER offers in the mail and via email.

While USPS billed its first round of early retirement offers as part of its “reduction-in-force avoidance activities,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told Federal News Network last month that USPS didn’t have immediate plans to conduct a RIF, but didn’t rule it out either.

“We’re going to use every tool in our toolbox to create a viable entity that serves the American people, so nothing is ever off the table. But at this time, that’s not anything that I’m particularly focused on,” DeJoy said during the April 5 interview.

National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) President Brian Wagner said last month USPS had notified employees of their eligibility for a second round of voluntary early retirements in mid-March, if the agency decided to go ahead with a RIF.

Wagner also said USPS, by lifting the hiring freeze, would create “landing spots” that would give RIF-ed employees a shot at another agency job instead of a layoff.

USPS lifted its hiring freeze on management positions Monday, and will start posting new job listings for management-level positions on May 25.

USPS will post available positions in three waves. In phases 1 and 2, USPS will accept applications from impacted and non-impacted employees in affected competitive areas. In phase 3, USPS will run a five-day posting available only to impacted employees.

These jobs will include openings at USPS headquarters, area and district offices, as well as customer service field positions and mail-and-package processing plants on a “case-by-case basis.”

In phase one of the restructuring, announced last August, DeJoy reshuffled USPS executives and realigned the agency to focus on three lines of effort — retail and delivery operations, logistics and processing, and commerce and business solutions.

This March, in rolling out phase two, USPS announced its first wave of early retirement offers and its plans to consolidate its 67 districts into 50 districts that more closely align with state boundaries.

As part of its third and final phase of the agency restructuring, USPS will centralize address management and support functions for its post office operations and delivery program into the office of its chief retail and delivery officer. This will ensure all USPS support functions are centralized at its headquarters.

https://federalnewsnetwo...tructurings-final-phase/






Oh look someone else who cuts and pastes.


Will you get the same crap as me?
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:40:53 AM(UTC)
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Thank you EagleDog for the informative post.

Outstanding!
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, May 4, 2021 9:50:54 AM(UTC)
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Oh look someone else who cuts and pastes.


Will you get the same crap as me?


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#5 Posted : Tuesday, May 4, 2021 3:25:46 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: EagleDog Go to Quoted Post
USPS opts for reduction in force for non-union employees in agency restructuring’s final phase
May 4, 2021

The Postal Service is moving ahead with a non-voluntary reduction in force of non-bargaining unit employees after sending voluntary early retirement offers to its eligible management workforce.

Ahead of the layoffs and reassignments, USPS will send a second round of Voluntary Early Retirement offers to eligible employees working at its headquarters, headquarters-related facilities, area offices and district offices.

The agency, meanwhile, is lifting a hiring freeze that’s been in place since last summer and will post job offers “to facilitate placement opportunities for impacted employees,” according to a memo obtained by Federal News Network.

The RIF announcement, sent Monday, marks the third and final part of an administrative restructuring USPS started last fall.

Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino said in the memo that USPS will walk employees through the details of its final organizational structure and staffing in a series of town-hall meetings it will hold the week of May 17.

“Managers should schedule follow-up discussion with individuals impacted by the changes,” Tulino wrote, adding that his office would provide additional information to assist with these sessions.

Employees affected by the RIF will receive a Specific RIF Notice (SRN) in the mail and via email on May 21. The SRN will outline employees’ prospects for reassignment or demotion, or next steps in their separation from the agency.

Employees affected by the RIF must separate from the agency on Oct. 8, but employees who accept a reassignment or demotion will start their new positions Oct. 9.

Eligible employees will receive their second voluntary early retirement offer this Friday, and must decide whether to take the offer no later than July 16. Employees who do take the offer must leave the agency effective July 30.

The second-round voluntary early retirement offers won’t come with any monetary incentive. Eligible employees will receive their VER offers in the mail and via email.

While USPS billed its first round of early retirement offers as part of its “reduction-in-force avoidance activities,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told Federal News Network last month that USPS didn’t have immediate plans to conduct a RIF, but didn’t rule it out either.

“We’re going to use every tool in our toolbox to create a viable entity that serves the American people, so nothing is ever off the table. But at this time, that’s not anything that I’m particularly focused on,” DeJoy said during the April 5 interview.

National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) President Brian Wagner said last month USPS had notified employees of their eligibility for a second round of voluntary early retirements in mid-March, if the agency decided to go ahead with a RIF.

Wagner also said USPS, by lifting the hiring freeze, would create “landing spots” that would give RIF-ed employees a shot at another agency job instead of a layoff.

USPS lifted its hiring freeze on management positions Monday, and will start posting new job listings for management-level positions on May 25.

USPS will post available positions in three waves. In phases 1 and 2, USPS will accept applications from impacted and non-impacted employees in affected competitive areas. In phase 3, USPS will run a five-day posting available only to impacted employees.

These jobs will include openings at USPS headquarters, area and district offices, as well as customer service field positions and mail-and-package processing plants on a “case-by-case basis.”

In phase one of the restructuring, announced last August, DeJoy reshuffled USPS executives and realigned the agency to focus on three lines of effort — retail and delivery operations, logistics and processing, and commerce and business solutions.

This March, in rolling out phase two, USPS announced its first wave of early retirement offers and its plans to consolidate its 67 districts into 50 districts that more closely align with state boundaries.

As part of its third and final phase of the agency restructuring, USPS will centralize address management and support functions for its post office operations and delivery program into the office of its chief retail and delivery officer. This will ensure all USPS support functions are centralized at its headquarters.

https://federalnewsnetwo...tructurings-final-phase/


Another garbage offer with no incentives, which means nobody or nearly nobody will show any real interest. Most of those impacted will find jobs elsewhere anyway. Unfortunately most of those REMF needs to be retired/removed from service and will end up taking jobs away from the few qualified EAS already in place. So we'll just end up with excess useless REMF.

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#6 Posted : Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:17:40 AM(UTC)

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Another garbage offer with no incentives, which means nobody or nearly nobody will show any real interest.

Even without a VSIP, VER is a *great* deal for many FERS employees.

p.s. layoffs, excessing and/or VERA has just become more likely for craft employees.
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Another garbage offer with no incentives, which means nobody or nearly nobody will show any real interest.

Even without a VSIP, VER is a *great* deal for many FERS employees.

p.s. layoffs, excessing and/or VERA has just become more likely for craft employees.


There has still been no mention of anyone other than non bargaining positions being affected by this. This is a part of the new restructure focused on the EAS levels. They are getting rid of redundant positions at district, area and HQ that can all be done at one level instead of all three. Other than losing out on a PM position employees below the district level have not been mentioned at all.
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Another garbage offer with no incentives, which means nobody or nearly nobody will show any real interest.

Even without a VSIP, VER is a *great* deal for many FERS employees.

p.s. layoffs, excessing and/or VERA has just become more likely for craft employees.


There has still been no mention of anyone other than non bargaining positions being affected by this. This is a part of the new restructure focused on the EAS levels. They are getting rid of redundant positions at district, area and HQ that can all be done at one level instead of all three. Other than losing out on a PM position employees below the district level have not been mentioned at all.


He said it becomes more likely not that it’s inevitable in the near future. It makes sense that there’s a probability for this with the realigning of districts. Plants will have far too many people which will lead to excessing. Prior to that, they’ll offer VERAs similar to now to prevent that. Just a guess but it’ll take longer to verify the need for it until all districts are merged and they have data to support the offer.


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#9 Posted : Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:50:33 PM(UTC)
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Another garbage offer with no incentives, which means nobody or nearly nobody will show any real interest.

Even without a VSIP, VER is a *great* deal for many FERS employees.

p.s. layoffs, excessing and/or VERA has just become more likely for craft employees.


It was mentioned in a previous thread about this how this can be a great thing for some employees.

1: There is NO reduction in your pension if you do not meet the MRA/30yr, age 60/20yr, age 62/5yrs of service.

2: You have immediate access to your TSP funds with out penalty if age 55. If younger, you could make withdrawals based on your life expectancy and not incur a penalty.

3: At your MRA, you will receive the SRS (FERS Supplement).

4: FEHB


Under a VSIP (buy out). My reading says you will not receive any retirement benefits unless you currently qualify for them.

Unless a combination VSIP/VERA is offered.

Edited by user Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:27:53 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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When the Postal Service has received VERA approval from OPM, an employee who meets the general eligibility requirements may be eligible to retire early. The employee must:

Meet the minimum age and service requirements:
At least 50 years of age with at least 20 years of service, or any age with at least 25 years of service, and
At least five years MUST be creditable civilian service, not military service. Employees may use military service to meet the balance of service required for eligibility.
The above criteria MUST be met by the VERA effective retirement date.
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There's severance pay if you end up getting a RIF.

https://www.opm.gov/poli...ct-sheets/severance-pay/

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It was mentioned in a previous thread about this how this can be a great thing for some employees.

1: There is NO reduction in your pension if you do not meet the MRA/30yr, age 60/20yr, age 62/5yrs of service.

2: You have immediate access to your TSP funds with out penalty if age 55. If younger, you could make withdrawals based on your life expectancy and not incur a penalty.

3: At your MRA, you will receive the SRS (FERS Supplement).

4: FEHB


Under a VSIP (buy out). My reading says you will not receive any retirement benefits unless you currently qualify for them.

Unless a combination VSIP/VERA is offered.


I forgot to finish my thoughts on this.

Let's say an employee is 54 years old and 23 years of service, MRA is 56, 6.

The employee would not have their 30 years when they reach MRA. So they would need to get to age 60 to avoid the reduction in the pension. The SRS would also kick in if the retire at 60.

But, with the VERA, they can retire at 54. Receive their full pension. And at age 56,6 start to receive the SRS payment.

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There's severance pay if you end up getting a RIF.

https://www.opm.gov/poli...ct-sheets/severance-pay/



This sounds like a better payout than a VISP
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It was mentioned in a previous thread about this how this can be a great thing for some employees.

Yep.
I've written about it extensively in the past in this forum (VERA/FERS/VSIP/Supplement, early outs, etc.).
A VERA, even without a monetary bonus (aka VSIP), is worth tens of thousands of dollars to many employees.
For some employees, it's worth over six figures.

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USPS opts for reduction in force for non-union employees in agency restructuring’s final phase
May 4, 2021

The Postal Service is moving ahead with a non-voluntary reduction in force of non-bargaining unit employees after sending voluntary early retirement offers to its eligible management workforce.

Ahead of the layoffs and reassignments, USPS will send a second round of Voluntary Early Retirement offers to eligible employees working at its headquarters, headquarters-related facilities, area offices and district offices.

The agency, meanwhile, is lifting a hiring freeze that’s been in place since last summer and will post job offers “to facilitate placement opportunities for impacted employees,” according to a memo obtained by Federal News Network.

The RIF announcement, sent Monday, marks the third and final part of an administrative restructuring USPS started last fall.

Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino said in the memo that USPS will walk employees through the details of its final organizational structure and staffing in a series of town-hall meetings it will hold the week of May 17.

“Managers should schedule follow-up discussion with individuals impacted by the changes,” Tulino wrote, adding that his office would provide additional information to assist with these sessions.

Employees affected by the RIF will receive a Specific RIF Notice (SRN) in the mail and via email on May 21. The SRN will outline employees’ prospects for reassignment or demotion, or next steps in their separation from the agency.

Employees affected by the RIF must separate from the agency on Oct. 8, but employees who accept a reassignment or demotion will start their new positions Oct. 9.

Eligible employees will receive their second voluntary early retirement offer this Friday, and must decide whether to take the offer no later than July 16. Employees who do take the offer must leave the agency effective July 30.

The second-round voluntary early retirement offers won’t come with any monetary incentive. Eligible employees will receive their VER offers in the mail and via email.

While USPS billed its first round of early retirement offers as part of its “reduction-in-force avoidance activities,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told Federal News Network last month that USPS didn’t have immediate plans to conduct a RIF, but didn’t rule it out either.

“We’re going to use every tool in our toolbox to create a viable entity that serves the American people, so nothing is ever off the table. But at this time, that’s not anything that I’m particularly focused on,” DeJoy said during the April 5 interview.

National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) President Brian Wagner said last month USPS had notified employees of their eligibility for a second round of voluntary early retirements in mid-March, if the agency decided to go ahead with a RIF.

Wagner also said USPS, by lifting the hiring freeze, would create “landing spots” that would give RIF-ed employees a shot at another agency job instead of a layoff.

USPS lifted its hiring freeze on management positions Monday, and will start posting new job listings for management-level positions on May 25.

USPS will post available positions in three waves. In phases 1 and 2, USPS will accept applications from impacted and non-impacted employees in affected competitive areas. In phase 3, USPS will run a five-day posting available only to impacted employees.

These jobs will include openings at USPS headquarters, area and district offices, as well as customer service field positions and mail-and-package processing plants on a “case-by-case basis.”

In phase one of the restructuring, announced last August, DeJoy reshuffled USPS executives and realigned the agency to focus on three lines of effort — retail and delivery operations, logistics and processing, and commerce and business solutions.

This March, in rolling out phase two, USPS announced its first wave of early retirement offers and its plans to consolidate its 67 districts into 50 districts that more closely align with state boundaries.

As part of its third and final phase of the agency restructuring, USPS will centralize address management and support functions for its post office operations and delivery program into the office of its chief retail and delivery officer. This will ensure all USPS support functions are centralized at its headquarters.

https://federalnewsnetwo...tructurings-final-phase/


I'm a little confused as to the wording of the article. So are CCA affected by this RIF? I start on Thursday, so does that mean I'll be reassigned somewhere else or let go? I'm kinda nervous about this. It doesn't make sense to hire more CCA only to RIF them, right?
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The non-union employees referred to in the article are management types. It won't affect you.

To your question regarding CCAs being affected the answer is...potentially. But not in this particular case.

If a RIF is the goal on the carrier side in your Area, the USPS has an obligation to minimize the impact of that RIF.

One of those solutions is to release/separate temporary employees like CCAs.

In the Employee and Labor Relations Manuel (ELM) lays it out.

ELM 354.23(b) refers to the release of temporary help.

https://about.usps.com/m...s/elm/html/elmc3_020.htm
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No it only applies to non bargaining employees... so Management/EAS. Craft are not being affected directly by this at this time.
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