Details of the USPS’ draft 10-year business plan are slowly being released, and the plan suggests that Congress should approve cuts to postal workers’ benefits. The changes include reducing paid leave, increasing employees’ share of retirement plan contributions, moving to a 401(k) program, and requiring retirees to enroll in Medicare.
Under the draft plan, the leave policy would change to combine vacation and sick days, meaning fewer total days off for carriers. Other proposed cost-cutting measures include “frequency delivery changes” — likely meant as a reference to five-day delivery — and increasing the number of temporary workers.
The proposed changes are not finalized, however, and an official 10-year business plan will likely be presented to the House Oversight Committee sometime in the next three months. Many of the proposed changes require Congressional approval before being enacted.