“This agreement is economically responsible, fair to our employees and positions the Post Office for continued success as a provider of delivery services of choice to the American public,” said Doug Tulino, Director of Personnel. The 2019 national agreement will last 44 months and will cover the period from September 20, 2019 to May 20, 2023. The agreement provides for four annual general wage increases and seven adjustment costs (COLAs). In addition, with effect on November 19, 2022, a new next step (stage P) will be added to the factor pay scales, which will be $444 per year higher than Stage O. The agreement also provides for the automatic transition of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) to career status, no later than 24 months of relative position, providing benefits and total security to non-career holders. In addition, there is protection against subcontracting and redundancies. Under the 2016-2019 national agreement, the one-time pay for career and non-career holders will increase by 44 $US during the agreement, up from $420 in 2015: NALC President Fredric Rolando has appointed a new National Business Officer (NBA) and Regional Administrative Assistant (RAA) following the retirement of the NBA`s Regional Director Dave Napadano this month. “Today, I am pleased to announce that NALC and the U.S. Postal Service have reached an interim agreement on a new national contract, a goal we have been working on continuously over the past 17 months. As I have pointed out on several occasions, NALC has taken a two-tiered approach to reaching a new national agreement, with negotiations underway and the presentation of the best possible case for our proposals in derinseschied. I am proud of the case and the evidence we have accumulated in the interest of arbitration, but I am all the more pleased that the factors can now decide whether or not to accept this provisional agreement in a ratification vote in accordance with the procedure described in the NALC Constitution.
I would like to thank all the officers and staff who have worked so hard to reach this proposed national agreement. We will move on to a ratification election. However, given the persistence of the pandemic, elections will have to be somewhat different from those of the past. In the coming days and weeks, we will hold a virtual national rap session (via a video link) and develop mechanisms for an electoral commission to proceed as quickly as possible to the ratification vote. We will use all our communication channels in the coming days and weeks to inform membership while specifying the details. In the meantime, the interest rate arbitration process has been suspended until the results of the members` ratification. Once ratified, the agreement covers the 44-month period that began on September 20, 2019 – the date the previous treaty expired – and expires at midnight on May 20, 2023. Contract Talk is a regular column in the national magazine NALC The Postal Record. The column written by naLC Contract Administration Unit members provides advice on recent national comparisons and selected questions of interest to NALC contract officers. The archives of the Contract Talk columns are available here.
We summarized the main features of the contract in the NALC Bulletin, which is sent to stations and offices across the country. Full details of the interim agreement, as well as the forward-looking pay schedules, other contractual changes and information relating to the new Declarations of Intent (MOUs), will be presented in the December issue of The Postal Record. They will also be distributed in the coming days on the union`s electronic platforms. NALC provides a unique and comprehensive arbitration database that allows contract researchers to quickly explore the NALC database containing thousands of arbitration awards. This database is regularly updated and contains more than 36,000 awards on a large number of topics.