As previously announced by the National office, negotiations over the terms of our next contract have been extended by the parties. During these tumultuous political times and the threat of unwanted transformational change for the Postal Service, the fact that we are still discussing terms of a successor agreement should be viewed in a positive light. As many of you know, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association did reach an agreement with the Postal Service that retained the significant pillars of career employment. The NRLCA were successful in negotiating contractual increases for each year over the duration of their new agreement as well as continuing the cost of living calculation as currently constructed. Another significant aspect of employment for career employees retained by the NLRCA is the no-lay-off provision.
As comparison, the American Postal Workers Union whose agreement expired September 20, 2018, are now engaged in interest arbitration before Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg. Those hearings are continuing as the NPMHU monitors developments closely. The National Association of Letter Carriers have not yet come to an agreement and have declared an impasse which requires an additional 60 days of mediation. With the attacks on Federal Sector Unions intensifying potentially stripping away the collective bargaining rights from our Federal Union Sisters and Brothers, the importance of securing a negotiated agreement cannot be overstated.
During the most recent Semi-Annual Meeting of the Local Unions and in accordance with the Union’s Constitution, National President Hogrogian informed those Local Unions in attendance of the progress of the negotiations. While explicit details of the potential terms of the next agreement were obviously not available, it was abundantly clear that extending negotiations is the appropriate course of action.
For those mail handlers who feel that their RI-399 settlement amount is incorrect the linked appeal form should be completed and submitted. If you have any questions please see your local union representative or call Local Union Headquarters at 21 788 5308. Click here for appeal form.
Harrisburg Branch Meeting
Monday December 9th, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Rookies Sports Bar
November 21, 2019 thru March 15, 2020
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