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

It's Left Up to Us

10/14/2014 - Logic, common sense and the Postal Service’s irresponsible decisions tell us that management will not manage the USPS out of its manufactured financial crisis.

The four postal unions – the APWU, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association – have formed a Postal Union Alliance to protect the interests of workers and the public while defending the public Postal Service. As union members and as individuals, we must rise up and pour our concentrated efforts into the union-led fight to protect those interests.

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.