The award was the result of 20 months of preparation, local union and membership dues, negotiations, mediation, a strong contract campaign and a well-prepared and presented arbitration procedure. 32 workers reported their work. Officers and experts have been throes for the union. A team of economists presented our case and rejected the presentations of the management of the trade union concessions. Stephen Goldberg, chair of the panel of neutral arbitrators and arbitrators, issued a firm ruling on the terms of the new union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service. „We know how important it is to get your full union contract into the hands of local unions, government organizations and your membership as soon as possible,“ said Mark Dimondstein, APWU President. „I would like to congratulate Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman and his team for working around the clock since we received the award for taking control of the entire product in record time.“ „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.
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. The NALC Executive Board unanimously recommends approving the interim agreement. 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. „No interest rate arbitration procedure is ever entirely favourable to either side,“ said Mark Dimondstein, president of the APWU. „But we have achieved a number of our main objectives, including retroactive annual wage increases, maintaining full (and retroactive) COLA, narrowing the gap between lower and higher levels of career pay, changing the careers of thousands of PSEs, and maintaining tremendous job security.
We should all be proud to be unionized! Just three days after Adjudicator Goldberg issued an interest rate arbitration on the new 2018-2021 union contract, the National APWU is pleased to be able to release the entire contract with all appropriate contractual updates for use by store managers, stewards and members.