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08:46 AM ET (US)
With a ‘Golden Parachute’ in Hand, Donahoe Opposes Retirement for Young Workers
 January 26, 2015 APWU, Donahoe retires, PMG, postal 34 Comments
From the American Postal Workers Union:

01/26/2015 – When Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe retires at the end of the week, he’ll get a retirement package of more than $4 million.

Not bad for a “civil servant.”

patBut in his controversial farewell address to reporters at the National Press Club on Jan. 6, Donahoe made clear that he doesn’t think the union’s newest members deserve any postal retirement at all.

“In today’s world, does it really make sense to offer the promise of a government pension to a 22-year-old who is just entering the workforce?” he asked.

And apparently Donahoe’s views have nothing to do with the Postal Service’s manufactured “financial crisis.” He opposes government pensions on principle and wants to impose his view to the entire federal government.

“I would encourage Congress to view the Postal Service as a test bed or laboratory of change that might be applied to the rest of the federal government,” he said.

“I’d like to see the Congress encourage much more experimentation at the federal level,” Donahoe added. “The Postal Service has the kind of management that would appreciate being at the front edge of change and would make good use of opportunities.”

APWU President Mark Dimondstein denounced Donahoe’s parting shot at young workers. “Donahoe’s remarks are the height of hypocrisy,” the union president said. “Every worker should be able to look forward to a stable, secure retirement.”

According to a financial report filed by USPS December, as of Sept. 30, 2014, Donahoe’s defined-benefit pension plan totaled $4,080,932.
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egarkPerson was signed in when posted
07:56 AM ET (US)
Dion Drayson /m5300 - I doubt anybody here is familiar with British postal procedures.
Mr Dion Drayson
05:18 AM ET (US)
I was a postmaster until Feb 2014, when I had to close my premises due to Ill health, I had the normall close down procedures which I stuck to, then on the day of closure, the Audit team arrived nice and early, pressed the final Audit buttons on the Horizon system and by mid afternoon, everything was in order, in fact I was 365 up, I still have all the receipts from that day, on Friday 4th Dec I received a letter from my solicitor telling me the post office had put a charge of 41000 on my building, saying this is outstanding from my close down procedures on the day of closure, Please can anyone tell me if the Audit finds you up on your final closure and all your receipts read for you how the post office can do this
26 yearer
04:33 PM ET (US)
Jack Potter made more (from the USPS) than you did last year
 July 29, 2015 postal 37 Comments
Former PMG Jack Potter

It has been almost five years now since Jack Potter retired as Postmaster General, so you might be surprised to learn that he’s still on the payroll- and he probably made more than you did last year. According to a recent OIG report, Potter was paid $110,625 in “deferred compensation” last year. Deferred compensation is a way of getting around federal executive salary caps- pay in excess of the cap in a given year goes in to a deferred compensation fund, to be doled out after the executive has left the USPS. Potter had over a million dollars accumulated in his fund when he retired. After receiving his payment last year, he has over a half million left. Potter is currently the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he is paid a reported $350 thousand a year, with up to a 20% annual bonus.

Potter isn’t the highest paid former USPS exec- that honor goes to Ross Philo. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s understandable- Ross was CIO for just three years, from 2008 to 2011. Despite his brief tenure, he managed to pile up a deferred compensation fund of $642,999 before he left, on top of his regular salary, capped at $230,000. He was paid $150,111 last year, and still has over $450K of USPS customers’ money to look forward to in the coming years.
10:39 AM ET (US)
So how is that new Phx Postmaster working out? ya know, the Mariachi band one ?
11:18 AM ET (US)
Anyone heard any news about any further office downgrades? Right now I am a 6hr. RMPO and am worried that my office will be downgraded after the 'annual' review is complete. Also, BOOKWOMAN, I sincerely hope that we have OUR choice of PM/Clerk next Sept! What a shame this organization has become.
11:03 AM ET (US)
I just heard from my POOM that level 6 PMs will not be able to convert to NIFTYs next Sept; WE have to stay PMs and get busted down to $18.80/hr. Anybody else heard this? It doesn't surprise me as they would love to cut our pay but it was in writing that we would have the choice to become a NIFTY @ 28.90/hour. I bet they "lost" the paperwork.
09:10 PM ET (US)
Our state had one that I know of happened and the conversion, the conversion was automatic and I don't know if they had to take the 473 test. The test was not a requirement. Keep in mind these were postmasters and career employees.
6 Hour Postmaster
04:33 AM ET (US)
Any 4 hour Postmasters that converted to PTF. Was the conversion automatic or did you have to take the 473 and pass, then window train? "Convert" sounds like you just switch titles but don't need to test, but you never know with the USPS.
06:12 AM ET (US)
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01:51 AM ET (US)
Looks like the PO is treating mangers like craft now.
Retired PM level 13 TOO
10:25 AM ET (US)
Yes, I agree with getting the shaft BIG TIME. Wish there was something or someone behind us!!
RETPMPerson was signed in when posted
09:30 AM ET (US)
I agree with Retired level 13 PM we most definitely did get the shaft. PM's would have been able to work another 2 years at full pay and this would have helped our Retirement a good deal. Instead they singled out Postmaster! Clerks, Rural Carriers & City Carriers are laughing all the way to the bank. Why don't they redo some of the Rural Routes if they want to save money. Who's managing the Red Books now! RC's can input whatever they want and there is no one who is ever going to question a box or dismount.
Retired level 13 PM
07:50 AM ET (US)
I would think someone would have to hire a lawyer and get a class action suit going, but no one is taking the reins. Basically we got the shaft.
11:32 PM ET (US)
Are they ever going to do anything about the Postmasters that took early retirement and all the information was false about Postplan We retired thinking we were going to take a pay cut and it was false info
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