The Postal Service Wants To Make Deep Cuts To Worker Benefits, Internal Plan Shows

The U.S. Postal Service wants Congress to help it make significant cuts to employee benefits as part of a plan to balance the agency’s books, according to a draft business plan HuffPost obtained.

The proposal would save an estimated $18 billion on employee compensation over a decade by shaving paid leave, raising workers’ share of pension contributions, and shifting new employees into less secure 401(k)-style retirement plans.

The change to pension contributions would amount to a cut in take-home pay for hundreds of thousands of workers, while saving the agency nearly $7 billion. And while excluding new employees from a pension plan is common practice for private corporations these days, it would mark a significant shift for a federal-sector job long seen as a steppingstone to the middle class.

The change in employee leave policy would combine vacation with sick days, likely resulting in fewer overall days off for workers. That element is estimated to save the agency more than $5 billion.

The proposals obtained by HuffPost were marked as preliminary and subject to change. The postmaster general, Megan Brennan, is expected to present a business plan to the House Oversight Committee this summer.


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Just a thought….Perhaps the USPS should start looking at the TOP of the company to save money. The Supervisors/PostMasters/Pooms, etc. get a ton of extra money for travel, bonuses, perks, etc. Let them start there to save money.


Cut off all of the bonuses and everyone in upper MGT take a huge pay cut like they do to the rural routs the USPS will save alot more.

Beginning with the replacement off the person who can’t respond to citizens who request her assistance. She must have an administrative assistant do that, at least one. Though, I bet she needs a heck of a lot more than 10!

I was told today she is supposed to present them with a ten year plan! WTH

Where did you hear that

Keep lowering benefits and pay and u won’t get anyone to stay. I been rca for 2 years I’m a pee on but a lot better at my job than vets but I see a lot of better job opportunities out there for better pay I used to think being a mailman was a dream job. I was proud of this accomplishment but not saying pay sucks just saying it don’t need to decrease. We’re some people live in the world this may be a high paying job. But the pay is a dime a dozen to me. And being… Read more »

Wow, you are sure angry at the city side. I don’t know how anyone in your office takes naps to round out there shift In our office they walk with us all the time, time out the routes and add to them whenever they can. Most of our routes are built to take 8 hours 15 minutes, but they expect you to get done in 8, even with 3 feet of snow on the ground and a blizzard. Trucks have no a/c so heat stroke is an issue in the summer which they address with safety talks, but still expect… Read more »

If the city side would work as hard as the rural side and get paid by evaluation they would all be done at noon.

Give the Civil Service a buy out which is about 15 % of the work force !

Yep, let’s screw the postal workers some more, as we haven’t been screwed enough in the past 10 or so years.
Where is our unions in all of this? Oh that’s right they are living it up and partying like rock stars on our dues!

Rural carrier8 are. treated like machines. USPS continue to take from us. There are jobs out there paying the same salary. You people sitting BEHIND THE MAHOGANY DESK WILL HAVE TO GET ON THE STREETS AND DO THE JOB.This is a craft not every one can do. So many people have walked in and BITES THE DUST. On there first or second day.

Doc, what would you have the unions do that they aren’t doing now? Are you contributing to your union’s PAC and/or participating in campaign activities designed to elect those who would oppose such cuts?

There must be a way other than cutting pay and benefits. The requirements of postal employees are much more than the public. They stand ready to help keep the USPS alive.
Hard times by management’s hands are no reason for this. Management must find a way out rather than off the backs of it’s employees.

Well, this explains the cr*p service I’m receiving from the USPS. I’ve had to return merchandise over the past 2 weeks; and, tracking is unavailable. Even if packages or mail is handed off to a Return Agent, since I handed over my package to the USPS, they should be responsible for it from start to finish or AT LEAST PROVIDE GUIDANCE. All I receive are automated, robotic responses that doesn’t reference a thing that will help me tie it back to my original request. I’ve even emailed the Post Master General, Megan Brennan, and she did not even respond to… Read more »