USPS Contract negotiations fail

From the US Postal Service:

WASHINGTON — Separate contract negotiations with the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO (NALC) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO (NPMHU) have come to an impasse. Under the statutory procedures that apply to postal labor negotiations, if both sides agree, the parties may first engage in mediation and, if unsuccessful, go to interest arbitration. The parties currently are discussing how they will proceed.

Contracts with both unions expired at midnight, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. All parties agreed to extend negotiations until midnight, Dec. 16, 2011, and again until Jan. 20, 2012. The existing contracts will be followed until terms of a new contract are resolved.

The NALC represents nearly 196,000 employees who work as letter carriers delivering mail primarily in urban areas. The NPMHU represents more than 46,000 employees who work in mail processing plants and Post Offices. Respectively, wages and benefits for NALC- and NPMHU-represented employees exceeded $15.7 billion and $3.5 billion last year.

Unlike the private sector, when negotiations fail, postal employees are not permitted to strike as Congress has designated the Postal Service as an essential service to the nation. An arbitrator determines the final outcome and is not legally required to consider the Postal Service’s financial obligations when rendering a decision.

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  • Now?

    The PMG should ask Congress to repeal the prohibition against striking! He could then hire replacement workers and simply wait them out. They would ratify the proposed agreement once the money ran out, plus there are lots of people who would love to make a portion of what they pay postal workers.

  • R YOU ready, Now?

    If you think postal work is so great and high paying, get in line and apply for a job. Careful what you wish for though. I worked for the usps for over 37 years and it took 35 of those years for my base salary to reach 50K, a middle class existence for your information. Contrary to what YOU, tea baggers and anti-everything-government types think, federal workers are not cutting a fat hog. If YOU are one who would “love to make a portion” of that, sign up now!!!

  • replacement workers?

    Hire replacement workers? Are you serious? I see people get hired to perform a city carrier job and don’t last a week! It’s not as easy as one two three..

  • New hires!

    Hire new replacements? Job requirements. Work 56 hrs a week with no lunch. Walk 10 to 15 miles a day in a types of weather. Work 6 days a week and be told you suck. Never get a day off because they need you everyday. Personal life, what is that!!! Good luck new replacements.

  • Kevin

    New replacements? I agree……. Not nearly as easy as some peolple think. I enjoy it, the interaction with people, the being outside and the physical part of it. But, it is very hard work and while you may luck out and have a manager or supervisor that appreciates your hard work , that is not the overwhelming majority of what you encounter in the postal service management. It is not the rank and file that needs to be liquidated but the top heavy management. That……would save a lot of money and help.