M-01914 – March 23, 2020 – Letter from Vice-President of the Postal Service, Doug Tulino, to Industry Management regarding recent agreements, leave of policy and approval of requests to change the schedule due to child care needs related to the COVID 19 pandemic. 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. In the agreement, complaints about the case consolidation test are sent directly to NALC-NBAs and USPS-AMLRs or their respective agents. The parties at the territorial/regional level will jointly decide whether to close or deal with these complaints as a result of this resolution. In addition, the N.D.A. and AMLRs (or design partners) will transition local parties to their original structure through local parties. We were not informed by management of the question of whether Gahanna belonged to one of the 31 test sites that will be reintroduced into its original route structure by July 31, 2020. The NALC Executive Board unanimously recommends approving the interim agreement. The union`s employment contract with USPS allows an exception to these route assessments during the agency`s peak volume between Thanksgiving and Christmas. During this period, rural airlines that work on the evaluation of their journeys receive overtime pay.
I have received several questions and calls about what happened during the contract negotiations. I want to give membership the latest information we have at the local level. The last contract covers the period from May 20, 2016 to September 20, 2019. The treaty will remain fully in force until a definitive solution to a new agreement is found. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) began negotiations for a new collective agreement on June 26, 2019. On September 20, 2019, the parties declared that negotiations had not been stalled. When the parties did not reach an agreement, a mandatory 60-day conciliation period began, which was required by a warrant. At the end of the 60-day mediation period, the parties remained deadlocked and began discussions on the choice of a neutral arbitrator. Last month, I wrote my article on the progress of the negotiations on the national agreement. On November 25, 2020, it was announced that the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service had reached an interim agreement on a new 44-month national employment contract.
The interest rate arbitration process has been suspended until the outcome of a member vote. The interim agreement provides for four annual general wage increases and seven adjustment costs (COLAs). In addition, effective Nov.