United States Postal Service officials have confirmed that they are offering retirement bonuses of up to $10,000 to an estimated 3,097 postmasters who operate rural post offices.
These postmasters have until Aug. 18 to accept this payment and must leave the U.S. Postal Service payroll effective Sept. 30.
The payouts were reported July 1 by the Federal Times newspaper and confirmed by U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Darlene Casey.
She described the payouts as the “incentive” that was promised by USPS officials in May 2012 when they announced a major initiative to reduce the window service at many small post offices.
Since the program was announced, Casey said, 9,166 post offices have had retail operating hours adjusted.
To date, a total of 3,009 offices offer six-hour window service, 4,900 offices have four-hour service, and 1,257 offices have two-hour service.
The plan was devised after members of Congress voiced strong objections to a cost-cutting plan that called for shuttering many small rural post offices.
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Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the situation with Canada’s recalled Hoodoo stamp, as well as stamps from the United States and other countries that also depict these rock formations.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.