NRLCA Reaches Tentative Agreement with USPS for Three-Year Contract

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NRLCA Reaches Tentative Agreement with USPS for Three-Year Contract

The NRLCA and Postal Service have negotiated a tentative agreement to cover the 3-year period from May 21, 2015 to May 20, 2018. In this special edition of The National Rural Letter Carrier, you will find the details of the tentative agreement, including an explanation of proposed changes to the existing contract language. This agreement must be ratified by a majority of the voting membership to become effective.

We began meeting with the Postal Service in March 2015 with every intention of trying to reach a negotiated contract settlement before the May 20 contract expiration date. In many ways, the conditions favored a deal: The Postal Service’s financial position was considerably better than it was when we were last in bargaining. We had a new Postmaster General in Megan Brennan, who has made real efforts to connect with the postal unions and listen to our concerns. And finally, the issue that has repeatedly stood in the way of a deal – time standards – was off the table because of the ongoing industrial engineering project.

However, despite our best efforts, at the time, there was just too much of a gulf between the parties’ positions on general wage increases and COLA. On May 20, 2015, the NRLCA and Postal Service declared an impasse in their efforts to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. As both parties prepared for the next step—interest arbitration—we continued to try to bridge the gap without success. We did not want to bring to the membership a contract we did not think was worthy of ratification. Notwithstanding our commitment to the interest arbitration process, if opportunities for a negotiated settlement arose, we would certainly review our options. We continued talking with PMG Brennan and USPS Vice President of Labor Relations Doug Tulino.

The NRLCA’s proposals provided for appropriate and reasonable wage increases, continued cost-of-living adjustments, and the maintenance of core benefits, including the no-layoff clause. Our goal was to improve the National Agreement in as many ways as possible, with our focus remaining on the economic issues that have taken center stage in this round of bargaining. We believe we have achieved that goal, and more, in this tentative agreement.

We encourage you to read over this tentative agreement and the explanation of changes carefully and exercise your right to vote. Your National Board supports the new contract and will be traveling throughout the country to explain the changes in more detail and to answer your questions prior to the ratification vote.
Please click here to view the  Special-Edition-NRLC-2016  of the National Rural Letter Carrier magazine.

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5 Comments on "NRLCA Reaches Tentative Agreement with USPS for Three-Year Contract"

  1. So no Sunday/Holiday pay for RCA’s and pay increases that don’t even keep up with inflation. Wow nothing gained again. Great job!!

  2. Ruffledumdiddle | 02/10/2016 at 7:58 pm |

    Do the MOU’s take effect now or only if this agreement is ratified???

  3. The bi-weekly Employer contribution for
    self only, self plus one, and self and family
    8 The National Rural Letter Carrier
    plans is adjusted to an amount equal to 75%
    in 2017, 74% in 2018, and 73% in 2019,
    of the weighted average bi-weekly premiums
    under the FEHBP as determined by OPM.
    The adjustment begins on the effective date
    determined by OPM in January 2017, January
    2018, and January 2019.

    E. The limitation upon the Employer’s contribution
    towards any individual employee
    shall be 78.25% in 2017, 77.25% in 2018,
    and 76% in 2019, of the subscription charge
    under the FEHBP in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
    Explanation: A new category – self plus one – has
    been added pursuant to changes in the FEHB.
    Self plus one is defined as the eligible employee
    plus a single designated family member, such as
    a spouse, child under 26 years old, or child over
    26 years old with a mental or physical disability.
    FEHBP health insurance contributions from the
    Postal Service will continue to decrease at the
    rate of 1% each year.
    ***
    This is one of the costly parts of the agreement, health care. With only small pay increases and no COLA increase in sight because of the low cost of oil it is clear that all told this is a pay cut. Ever how small it is still a pay cut. Health care costs ever rising by 6 to 7 percent a year and the employees portion increasing. just take a look at BCBS plan 112 last year 117.29 now in 2016 137.06. This is a $516 increase to the employee in 2016. Taking out the taxes in the 1.3% pay raise and looking what is left you see the Pay Cut of just a few dollars. More in 2017 and 2018. So go ahead take the cut.

  4. Sounds like the 5-day delivery deal went through!

  5. Will there be a lump sum payment for contract increase from previous year?

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