“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. 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 interim agreement is subject to ratification by union members, a process that will take several weeks. 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. An NSA is a contractual agreement between the post office and a mailer, the Mailer receiving custom prizes in exchange for quantity requirements and postal preparation. The purpose of using ASNs is to keep price-sensitive customers and to promote the additional volume and turnover of e-mail. While only a small fraction of Postal Service`s commercial customers have only a small fraction, 40 per cent of the Post`s 5.5 billion domestic parcels are shipped under these agreements. 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. This agreement provides that the Post Office has the right, at its sole discretion, to return to the latest Priority Mail Commercial Plus prices for parcels shipped in the following year if the postman does not meet the annual volume commitment. “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.