8 February, 2013
As the United States Postal Service closes or consolidates locations like the soon-to-be-retired Uptown Post Office in the downtown Hamm Building, many longtime workers are being invited to leave, cash in hand. The Postal Service offered $15,000 retirement and early retirement incentives to longtime employees willing to make a graceful exit.
Says United States Postal Service spokesman Peter Nowacki, in an email:
“True, the gals at the Hamm Building accepted a $15,000 incentive (10k this May, 5k May 2014) that was offered to members of the American Postal Workers Union. The APWU represents our mail processing clerks, window clerks, maintenance, mechanics and some other employees. That deadline for that offer has passed. About 20,000 employees nationwide and 550 in our local Northland District (most of MN and the western third of WI) took the offer and chose to retire. The employees were a mix of those already eligible and some early retirees.”
Here’s more on the closure of the Hamm Building’s Uptown station, scheduled for March:http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_22474876/hamm-building-post-office-will-close-and-workers.
The central post office on Kellogg Boulevard will relocate to the U.S. Bank Building at 5th and Robert next weekend (President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 16 – 18), according to this story in the Pioneer Press:http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_22433363