Severance package


Q. As a federal employee under a union contract that states “no layoff clause,” would I be able to negotiate with my employer to offer me a severance package instead of being excessed to another facility?

A. To the best of my knowledge, the Postal Service doesn’t have the authority to negotiate severance packages for its employees. To be sure, you’ll have to talk with your union representative, and then with someone in authority in your personnel office.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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