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 National 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

Assault on Jobs

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Eastern Regional Coordinator Mike Gallagher 

Baltimore Francis “Stu” Filbey Area Local Clerk Director Gloria Drake at the local’s protest
against USPS job cuts on June 10.

As you may know, the USPS embarked on a strategy of reducing the number of duty assignments in an installation to correspond with their earned work hours, not with the actual hours that people are working. Management’s actions will lead to a wholesale reduction in the number of jobs in an installation.

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.