Stephen Goldberg, chairman of the neutral arbitrator and the interest arbitration tribunal, issued his binding decision on the terms of the new union contract between the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service. Just three days after Arbitrator Goldberg awarded his mandatory interest arbitration award for the new 2018-2021 union contract, the national APWU looks forward to circulating the entire contract with all corresponding contract updates for use by senior management, delegates and members. “We understand how important it is to put your full union contract in the hands of local unions, government organizations and members as quickly as possible,” said Mark Dimondstein, APWU President. “I want to congratulate the Director of Industrial Relations, Vance Zimmerman, and his team for working 24 hours a day since we received the award to get our hands on the entire product in record time.” The 2019 National Agreement will last 44 months and cover the period from 20 September 2019 to 20 May 2023. The agreement provides for four annual general salary increases and seven cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). In addition, with effect from November 19, 2022, a new higher level (Stage P) will be added to the salary scales for career letter holders, which will be $444 per year higher than Stage O. The agreement also provides for the automatic conversion of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) to career status at the latest after 24 months of relative position offering non-career carriers full ancillary services and safety. It also retains existing protection against subcontracting and dismissal. “Today, I am pleased to announce that the NALC and the United States Postal Service has reached an interim agreement on a new national treaty, a goal we have been working on consistently over the past 17 months. As I have pointed out on several occasions, the NALC has taken a two-pronged approach to reaching a new national agreement, with ongoing negotiations and the presentation of the best possible case for our interest arbitration proposals.
I am proud of the case and the evidence we have gathered in the interest rate arbitration proceedings, but I am all the more pleased that the factors can now decide, in a ratification vote according to the procedure set out in the NALC Constitution, whether or not to accept this provisional agreement. President Dimondstein`s video update to our new collective agreement (union contract). The arbitration award was the result of 20 months of preparation, contributions from local members and unions, negotiations, mediation, a strong contractual campaign and a well-prepared and presented arbitration. Thirty-two workers testified about their work. Civil servants and experts testified for the union. A team of economists presented our case and refuted management`s presentations for union concessions. “No interest rate demarcation procedure is ever entirely favorable to either party,” said Mark Dimondstein, APWU President. “But we`ve achieved a number of our key goals, including retroactive annual salary increases, maintaining a full (and retroactive) COLA, narrowing the gap between lower and higher career pay scales, transforming the careers of thousands of HCPs, and maintaining tremendous job security.