The Postal Service is predicting a huge number of retirements–41,000–in FY 2014 that starts October 1, 2013. That is only possible if the Postal Service offers Voluntary Early Retirements with an incentive to city carriers. The new NALC contract allows the USPS to replace career City Carriers with non-career CCAs up to a maximum of 15 percent in each District.
Last year, FY 2013, about 43,000 postal employees retired. In FY 2015 the Postal Service expects the number of retirements to drop sharply to about 12,000 annually. That appears to be the end of large-scale VER incentive offers.
The Postal Service’s projections are in the Five-Year Business Plan (click on graphic for larger view)