Ratification Vote Begins On Tentative NALC/U.S. Postal Service Contract Agreement - Union Representing 205,000 City Letter Carriers Unanimously Recommends Approval Of The New 44-Month National Labor Agreement
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – A ratification vote has begun on a on a new 44-month National Labor Agreement that was reached late last year between the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which covers 205,000 active City Letter Carriers across the United States.
The agreement emerged in November after several months of continuous bargaining sessions, even as the parties pursued a resolution through an interest arbitration conducted via video link with a three-member panel chaired by Arbitrator Dennis Nolan.
Ratification voting began this week and votes are due back by February 16th.
The tentative agreement provides four annual general wage increases and seven cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), NALC Officials said.
In addition, effective November 19th, 2022, a new top step (Step P) will be added to the Career Letter Carrier Pay Scales, which will be $444 annually greater than Step O.
The agreement also provides for the automatic conversion of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) to career status no later than after 24 months of relative standing, providing full fringe benefits and peace of mind to Non-Career Carriers.
It also maintains existing protections against subcontracting and layoffs.
NALC President Fredric Rolando issued the following statement after the NALC Executive Council unanimously recommended approval of the tentative settlement:
I’d like to thank all the Officers and Staff - as well as our counterparts in Postal Management - who worked so hard to reach this tentative National Agreement.
As I have reported repeatedly over the past several months, NALC followed a dual-track approach to achieve a new contract with both ongoing negotiations and the presentation of the best possible case for our proposals in interest arbitration.
That we have done.
I am proud of the case and the evidence we amassed in the interest arbitration proceeding up to this point, but I am even more pleased that Letter Carriers will get to decide whether or not to accept this tentative agreement in a ratification vote, following the procedure outlined in the NALC Constitution.
The Executive Council unanimously recommends ratification of this contract.”
Full details about the tentative agreement, along with projected pay charts, other contractual changes, and information about new and amended memorandums of understanding (MOUs), were presented in the December issue of the NALC’s newspaper, The Postal Record.
The agreement was also distributed through the Union’s electronic platforms.
NALC Branch 3 President David Grosskopf, Jr., whose Buffalo-headquartered Union represents 2,000 Members across Western New York, including 1,400 who are active Letter Carriers, called the agreement “a ‘very good contract that includes monetary rewards above and over other (Mail Carrier Unions that have already negotiated their contracts with the USPS).’”
“For ‘a lot of us, this is a big deal,’” Grosskopf further told WNYLaborToday.com, referring to the automatic conversion of CCAs to career status. “Their status ‘had been in limbo.’ ‘Now after (24) months, they’ll be full-time and receive an array of benefits.’”
In Western New York, on a daily average, each NALC-represented Letter Carrier makes as many as 600 to 700 stops and delivers as many as 200 to 300 packages, Grosskopf said.
To Read The Full Statement From NALC President Rolando, Go To: www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-usps-reach-tentative-national-agreement
And For More Information ON The NALC/USPS Tentative Contract, Go To: www.nalc.org/news/bulletin/pdf2020/Bulletin-20-09.pdf