This blog was created to let you know the Post Office is still hiring!
The media has been relentless in their pursuit to tell the world the Post Office is about to collapse. I must disagree. The Post Office is losing money quarter after quarter because of a terrible law passed during the Bush (W) presidency. Congress passed a law that required the Post Office to pre-fund the health care benefits of its employees for the next 75 years, and do it in 10 years. That is five and a half billion dollars a year! Without this overly ambitious law the Post Office would actually be making money. Congress is being forced to once again look at this law, and they will fix it.
Don’t get me wrong; the Post Office is facing some tough problems. First class mail volume continues to decline. People are using the Internet for communication and to pay bills online. Businesses are using it for advertising. The aging postal workforce is at the height of the pay scale. To top it off, we have been in a long economic down turn.
That is exactly the reason the Post Office is hiring.
The Post Office has a new contractual agreement with its largest union the APWU. This agreement allows for the Post Office to replace the clerks who are retiring at the highest pay levels with new clerks who not only start at the bottom, but new steps have been added to keep them from making high levels for years. They also agreed to the creation of a new classification of non-career employee who start at $12-$15/hour. These PSE’s will make up to 20% of the clerk workforce.
The Post Office is pushing the use of non-career and entry level employees to replace the highly paid employees who are retiring. Transitional City Carriers are being hired to replace City Carriers at $22/hour. Temporary Relief Carriers are replacing Rural Carriers and Rural Carrier Associates at $13.05/hour. Replacing the highly paid employees with lower wage earning people is going to save the Post Office millions of dollars.
You are probably wondering why I am telling you about these low wage and temporary jobs. $12-$22/hour doesn’t sound like much. (Well, maybe $22/hour sounds pretty good.) The reason I am telling you about these jobs is because that is how I started. I started as a Casual Carrier making $8/hour in 1994 (for four months). I knew it was a non-career job, but I figured the best way to get a career job was to get my foot in the door. It worked. Next, I became a Rural Carrier Associate (RCA), another non-career job. However, RCA’s are permitted to bid on open Rural Carrier positions. I worked 35-50 hours a week for three years as an RCA until I earned the seniority to become a Rural Carrier, a career position.
Now is a great time to get your foot in the door and get a job with the Post Office. When Congress passes the new Postal Reform Bill and The Post Office pushes many of these highly paid employees out the door with an early-out incentive package including a cash bonus to retire, there will be career positions to fill. Until then, get a “non-career” position and be ready to pounce when the time comes.
There are thousands of jobs posted on the Post Office web site:
This link takes you to the career page. In the top right box click on “Search our latest job openings”. This will take you to the searchable job database. (That is an entire post in itself.) See my “Resources” page for help with this.
My goal is to help you get a job with the Post Office. They are hiring. There have been three employees hired in my office in the last month!
Check out my “Resources” page for more helpful information.