The U.S. Postal Service is offering early retirement to more than 15,500 employees as a way to reduce its workforce without laying people off.

According to a report in Government Executive, the USPS sent out notices to 15,580 field employees who hold supervisory positions. Employees were expected to receive the notice this week, but won’t receive the actual application until Sept. 20. Those workers who decide to take the early retirement deal must make their decision known by Nov. 29.

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