When Excessing Occurs

Excessing has been with us for many years, since the earliest days of mechanization and automation in postal installations. Without fail, the American Postal Workers Union has responded in the most effective way possible. Every Collective Bargaining Agreement has included language that restricts excessing.

While automation has had a dramatic effect on the nation’s mail-delivery system, we have been able to make a solid case for preserving our jobs because our productivity has increased along with USPS productivity. We have responded to increased automation in mail processing by enforcing the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and by making sure that the agreement in turn requires the USPS to live up to past practices and its own rules, regulations, employee manuals, and handbooks.


Chapter 44 of the CSRS and FERS Handbook, published by the Office of Personnel Mangement (OPM), contains information about Discontinued Service Retirement.

News: Excessing

From the Field

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

From the Field is a new recurring feature for the American Postal Worker spotlighting statements from APWU local and state publications on a current issue.

Reversions, Abolishments, and Excessing 

“This is an attack on postal workers’ jobs and we have a big fight on our hands. We need all of you in that fight. You need to report every violation to your steward. Management will be forced to perform more clerk work if this excessing occurs and it is up to you to report those violations.” – Bob Gunter, Illinois Postal Worker Union President, The Illinois Postal Worker

Still in the Struggle

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Central Regional Coordinator Sharyn M. Stone

Postal management’s massive violation of Article 12 continues to have a significant impacton our jobs. As this article goes to press, we are still having extensive meetings and some impacts remain up in the air. Clearly, management does not have a vision of what they are trying to achieve. Not only are the numbers constantly in flux, but the reasons for some of the impacts keep changing.

When Complement Managers Make Contact, Union Calls Foul

05/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

As this issue goes to press, there is no sign that management is stopping or postponing the Network Rationalization Plan and the quest to systemically dismantle the Postal Service.

Back in 2011and 2012, when AMPs (Area Mail Processing) changes were first implemented and Article 12 impacts were issued, management referred to the massive cutbacks as “consolidations.” Now that the impacts have been devastating to employees and service, they are called “Network Rationalization.” No term could be more fitting.

Everything from the bogus figures in the reports – that haven’t changed since they were first issued two to three (some four) years ago – is wrong. The numbers weren’t correct then, and couldn’t possibly be correct now. The misrepresented findings are clearly “rationalized.”

APWU Web News Article 128-2014

Arbitrator Rules: Excessed Employees Must Meet Minimum Qualifications Before Reassignment

07/01/2014 - The APWU won an important arbitration award on June 24, when Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service must determine – prior to excessing employees across craft lines – that the employees meet the minimum qualifications for the new position.