Overall settlement of a USPS, Mail Handlers National Contract Agreement may be reached soon

2016 No. 9 – October 11, 2016

You are reading the latest Contract Update produced and distributed by the NPMHU during the course of 2016 negotiations.

With the completion of the 2016 NPMHU National Convention, the National Office and representatives of the U.S. Postal Service have returned to the bargaining table to reach closure on the issues that remain open before an overall settlement can be announced on the terms of the 2016 National Agreement.

USPS, Mail Handlers Union agree to extend contract negotiations indefinitely

As previously reported by National President Hogrogian, at the original midnight deadline on May 20, 2016, the parties agreed to extend their negotiations. There were two primary reasons for that extension: first, the parties had made substantial progress in bargaining, with many tentative agreements already initialed and verbal commitments on approaches to address the outstanding issues; and second, both parties wanted to wait for the release of the final arbitrated award covering the contract between the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union, which was expected to be available in June 2016.

The APWU arbitration award was eventually issued on July 8, 2016, through a panel headed by Stephen Goldberg. The decision awarded a contract covering 40 months, through September 20, 2018. On the key economic issues, the award provides career employees with three general wage increases of 1.2%, 1.3%, and 1.3%, as well as a potential for five cost-of-living adjustments during the same time period. Non-career employees who are not eligible for COLA were awarded wage increases of 2.2%, 2.3%, and 2.3%, plus another 50 cents per hour spread over the contract. The award also included layoff protection for career employees currently on the rolls.

With this award public, talks began to resolve outstanding issues between the NPMHU and the USPS. A short hiatus was taken for the National Convention, but now it appears that a tentative agreement is within reach. Of course, such an agreement will be subject to ratification by the entire membership.

Our agreement will include general wage increases and COLAs for career employees, as well as wage increases and other financial improvements for MHAs. The parties also have reached tentative understandings on important work rules, to provide additional protection to career employees and much-needed improvements for MHAs. Still to be resolved are various MHA-related items, a possible reduction in the percentage of casual employees, and even the total duration of the agreement. But the parties remain optimistic that an .

As developments occur, circulation of these Contract Updates will continue, so please check your bulletins for more information.

Source: NPMHU Issues Contract Update #9 – National Postal Mail Handlers Union

7 thoughts on “Overall settlement of a USPS, Mail Handlers National Contract Agreement may be reached soon

  1. We could pool our resources and fight together for a National contract as was once done via the Joint Bargaining Committee (JBC) or continue down the road we have been on for the last 30 years . That road is the we are all on our own and each union is played against each other by the USPS. The NALC and MHU wait for APWU to negotiate or arbitrate and then say “ME TOO”.
    Negotiations and Interest Arbitration with the best economists and labor legal teams we can muster, as well as splitting the cost of the Arbitrator with USPS, cost APWU members this time in excess of $1.5 million dollars . The others then take what we got , sometimes doing a small arbitration to improve one item , and claim victory on our backs .
    No negotiations for months , now they go in and say we’ll take what the APWU got . Brilliant . Solidarity Forever .

  2. 30 years, 3 postal dues collection agency’s that call themselves unions, and no dental insurance of any kind…….over 450,000 union workers and no dental plan=disgrace! ps-to postal union executive thugs….Trump/Pence 2016!

  3. 1% minus an HB contribution increase offset is what we’ll get.Whoopty damn doo! It had better not be for longer than 3 years or it should be voted down.

    • We have no choice but to take the meager raises thanks to the idiots in the useless NRLCA,as the APWU’s arbitrator imposed it on them.

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