Mail Handler Contract Negotiations

Nov 15, 2015

NPMHU Prepares for 2016 National Negotiations

NPMHU Prepares for 2016 National Negotiations



Snip from article: "...With formal negotiations between the NPMHU and the Postal Service over the terms of the 2016 National Agreement scheduled to begin in February 2016, preparations for bargaining are moving forward in the National Office. One critical aspect of those preparations is now completed, as the Field Negotiating Committee met during the third full week of October at the NPMHU's National Headquarters. During those meetings, hundreds of potential bargaining proposals — previously submitted by members, stewards, officers, and Local Unions across the country — were reviewed and analyzed by the Committee..."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



Tags: NPMHU Negotiations begin February 2016,2016 National Negotiations,

May 13, 2013

PMG wants Mail Handlers to reopen contract negotiations, yet mail handlers have given up too much already

NPMHU Responds to PMG Donahue's Request to Reopen Negotiations



Snip from article: "...President John Hegarty responds to Postmaster General Donahoe’s request to reopen contract negotiations. President Hegarty’s letter reads, in part; “While we are always willing to work with the Postal Service to achieve cost savings, and to find new revenue streams, we cannot accommodate your request to reopen contract negotiations. Mail handlers already have contributed to the recent financial restructuring of the Postal Service..."

Reference Source: npmhu317.blogspot.com



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Feb 20, 2013

Mail Handler Contract Arbitration Award

NPMHU/USPS Interest Arbitration Award is Released -- Sets Terms for 2011 National Agreement



Snip from article: "...creates a new category of noncareer mail handler employee called the Mail Handler Assistant, or MHA. The MHA category will serve as the entry point for all future career mail handlers to be hired by the Postal Service. A maximum of 15% of mail handlers in any district may be MHAs, with a cap of 20% in any particular installation. Unlike casuals, MHAs will be members of the NPMHU bargaining unit..."

Reference Source: npmhu317.blogspot.com



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Feb 19, 2013

Membership awaiting arbitration results

The Mail Handler National Contract Arbitration results have not been publicly announced at this writing.

Feb 9, 2013

Mail Handler Arbitration Completed

Mail Handler Arbitration Contract Update #15



Snip from article: "...Hearings in the ongoing interest arbitration proceedings to determine the terms of the 2011 National Agreement between the NPMHU and the Postal Service are now complete, with the final hearing held on Friday, February 1, 2013. Although the record officially remains open for additional submissions that might be needed by the three-member arbitration panel, the formal hearing process is over, and a final award should be issued soon. ..."

Reference Source: National Postal Mail Handlers Union



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Jan 12, 2013

NALC National Contract Arbitration Award

NALC National Contract Arbitration Award



Snip from article: "...rejected the Postal Service’s proposals to freeze pay, eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and implement a two-tier wage schedule for career city carriers. Instead, the new contract provides three general wage increases between now and the end of the contract: 1 percent in November 2013, 1.5 percent in November 2014, and 1 percent in November 2015. It also provides for the payment of seven COLAs between now and 2016, though the two COLAs calculated in 2013 will be deferred and paid in 2014. These wage and COLA provisions follow the wage pattern established by the negotiated American Postal Workers Union (APWU) contract and the arbitrated National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) contract...."

Reference Source: www.nalc.org



Tags: NALC National Contract Arbitration Award

Jan 6, 2013

When has privatizing anything helped the public or reduced costs?

Think tank to study privatizing most Postal Service operations



Snip from article: "... a bill passed in the Senate in the spring. But lawmakers could not reach consensus on ending Saturday delivery and other service cuts, how much taxpayers should contribute to retirement benefits for postal employees and whether to tinker with their labor contracts, among other issues...."

Reference Source: www.washingtonpost.com



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Dec 1, 2012

Getting Started with Union Plus Benefits

Getting Started with Union Plus Benefits



Snip from article: "...Labor collective strength: Leveraging the collective buying power of millions of union members, Union Privilege negotiates benefits & discounts for union families and advocates on behalf of union members for customer service...."

Reference Source: www.unionplus.org



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Nov 15, 2012

USPS argues to halt raises and COLA's for Mail Handlers while overpaying execs

USPS Execs Get Illegally High Salaries Admid $11.6 Bil Loss



Snip from article: "...turns out that at least three USPS officers made more than the legal compensation limit for their respective work category, according to the agency’s inspector general. In a report made public this month, the Postal Service watchdog reveals that one of the officers, identified as the president of digital solutions, made a whopping $306,250 last year. This exceeds even the “critical position” cap set by the federal law...."

Reference Source: www.themoralliberal.com



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Nov 14, 2012

NPMHU Mail Handler Arbitration Update

Contract Update #14



(November 13, 2012) Hearings in the ongoing interest arbitration proceedings to determine the terms of the 2011 National Agreement between the NPMHU and the Postal Service continued on Friday, November 9, 2012. The hearings are being conducted before a three-person arbitration panel – chaired by Herbert Fishgold as the neutral member, with Robert Dufek serving as the USPS-appointed member and Robert Weinberg serving as the NPMHU-appointed member. The next hearing is scheduled for November 16, 2012, with continuing hearing dates already scheduled through January of next year.

At the hearing on November 9, the Postal Service’s lead advocate set forth the general outlines of the USPS arguments and evidence. The agency’s case starts with the dire financial circumstances facing the Postal Service, which are caused, in the Postal Service’s view, primarily by electronic diversion of first-class mail. This means that the Postal Service is “insolvent,” with more than $36 billion in losses over the past six years. Its liquidity is approaching exhaustion; it has maximized its debt load at $15 billion; and thus, according to the Postal Service, it needs a total restructuring of its labor costs for mail handlers.

What follows from these arguments is a series of draconian proposals from the Postal Service, including – for current mail handlers – absolutely no general wage increases, no cost-of-living adjustments, and a drastic increase in employee contributions for health insurance to the current rate paid by federal employees. Another proposal from the Postal Service seeks to substantially modify, and effectively eliminate, the current no lay-off clause. In addition, the Postal Service is seeking the authority to hire and to utilize, without any contractual restrictions on scheduling, use, or retention, a total of 25% non-career casual employees. Finally, for new career mail handlers hired in the future, the Postal Service proposes that their pay rates be 20% lower at the entry level and 20% lower at the maximum level. The bottom line is that the Postal Service seeks to freeze the wages for all current mail handlers, while reducing their take-home pay by approximately 8% to pay for health insurance premiums. For new hires, the USPS proposal would mean a permanent, non-career workforce with low pay and no benefits for one-quarter of employees performing mail handler work, and a reduction of 20% in the wages of newly hired career mail handlers.

In contrast, the NPMHU is seeking a restoration of general wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments for current mail handlers, which would be part of an overall financial package that would allow the Postal Service to reduce its overall labor costs in future years. NPMHU representatives made clear that the Postal Service is institutionally incapable of either presenting or agreeing to a rational or common-sense approach to labor costs, and thus it would be necessary for the arbitration panel to issue an award that met those requirements.

As noted, hearings reconvene on November 16, with the Postal Service expected to present evidence about its current financial situation. Watch for future updates to learn about developments as they occur.



Reference Source: National Postal Mail Handlers Union



Tags: Mail Handler Contract Negotiations

Nov 1, 2012

Did the APWU sign one of the worst negotiated contracts in the history of labor?

How the Postal Service foundered: Parceling out the responsibility



Snip from article: "...The APWU signed one of the worst negotiated contracts in the history of labor, giving back years of gains and benefits while endorsing the false narrative being peddled by Donahoe. Their leaders continue to accept the damaging and dishonest premise that the wages of postal workers are solely connected to the ratepayers of the direct mail and advertising industry. ..."

Reference Source: www.savethepostoffice.com



Oct 24, 2012

Mail Handler Interest Arbitration Begins

Mail Handler Interest Arbitration Begins



Snip from article: "...The interest arbitration proceedings to determine the terms of the 2011 National Agreement between the NPMHU and the Postal Service have begun, with hearing dates..."

Reference Source: National Postal Mail Handlers Union



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Jun 27, 2012

Mail Handler Contract Update

Contract Update #13 -- 2011 Contract Headed for Interest Arbitration



Snip from article: "...Collective bargaining between the NPMHU and the Postal Service over the terms of the 2011 National Agreement has reached a new stage in the implementation of dispute resolution procedures adopted by the parties – that is, the parties have initiated the process for starting interest arbitration under Section 1207(c) of the Postal Reorganization Act (PRA), as amended in 2006...."

Reference Source: National Postal Mail Handlers Union



Tags: National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Mail Handler contract update, NPMHU Contract Negotiations,

Mar 24, 2012

NPMHU Contract Bargaining Moves to Mediation

BARGAINING MOVES TO MEDIATION PROCESS



Snip from article: "...The statute instructs the parties that they “shall cooperate with the mediator in an effort to reach an agreement and shall meet and negotiate in good faith at such times and places that the mediator, in consultation with the parties, shall direct.” The mediation will continue for at least sixty days, unless the parties agree otherwise, either because they have reached a tentative agreement or because they and the mediator believe that an extension of the mediation process would be appropriate. Thereafter, if the bargaining dispute is still ongoing, the parties will adopt further dispute resolution procedures, to include binding interest arbitration...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



Tags: Mailhandlers Contract, Mail Handler Contract Negotiations, 2013 Mail Handler Contract, NPMHU Contract Negotiations, Mail Handler Mediation,

Jan 21, 2012

USPS / Mail Handler Contract Negotiations Fail

CONTRACT TALKS STALL: Impasse Declared



Snip from article: "...(January 20, 2012) National negotiations between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the U.S. Postal Service over the terms of their 2011 National Agreement have stalled, and the parties have been unable to agree to another extension of the deadline for their bargaining. (Two prior extensions previously had changed the original November 20, 2011 expiration of the National Agreement to December 16, 2011 and January 20, 2012, respectively.)

The parties at the National level are still discussing how they will proceed from this point forward, pursuant to their joint authority to establish dispute resolution procedures; the terms of the 2011 National Agreement will remain in effect until the completion of those procedures. Under the statute that governs postal negotiations, if both sides agree, the parties may first engage in mediation and, if unsuccessful, go to binding interest arbitration. As noted, the parties currently are discussing how they will proceed.

The National Office of the NPMHU appreciates the patience and support of the membership. More information will be shared with the Local Unions next week...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



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Dec 10, 2011

Postal Service wants to take Service out of the picture

USPS Moves Forward its Ill-Advised Plan to Reduce Service Standards



Snip from article: "...December 5, the Postal Service filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), asking for an advisory opinion to relax the service standards for first-class mail and periodicals. ..."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



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Nov 29, 2011

Mail Handler Contract Update 10

CONTRACT UPDATE #10 -- Parties Continue Discussions Beyond Deadline



Snip from article: "...the parties have agreed to extend that deadline through Wednesday, December 7, 2011, and perhaps longer...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



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Mail Handler Contract Update 9

NPMHU Releases Contract Update #9



Snip from article: "...In the Article 12 subcommittee, the parties have been making adjustments to the seniority and reassignment rules that govern if and when mail handlers may have to be moved from one installation to another. With the recent USPS announcement that management is studying possible closings and consolidations at more than 200 mail processing facilities around the country, these issues are likely to become increasingly important during the coming months and years...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



Tags: Article 12 Rights

Oct 23, 2011

Mail Handler Contract Update

Contract Update Number 5



Snip from article: "...the Postal Service presented the NPMHU bargaining team with its official, on-the-record Financial Presentation. This did not include a proposed wage or benefit package for the 2011 National Agreement, but rather focused on the Postal Service’s current financial situation...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



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Oct 13, 2011

Contract Update 3

Mail Handler Contract Update 3



Snip from article: "...Administration has largely rejected the USPS proposals. John Barry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management – the agency charged with administering the current health and retirement plans for the federal government..."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



Tags: Mail Handler Contract Update 3

Sep 24, 2011

Anti-union bill passes Republican-controlled Subcommittee

Anti-union bill passes Republican-controlled Subcommittee



Snip from article: "...On a strict (7-4) party-line vote, Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy approved a version of HR 2309. The bill would stop Saturday mail service, establish an oversight board with the power to overturn collective bargaining agreements, reduce operations and service standards and more...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



Tags: H.R. 2309, Issa, House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy

(Sept 14, 2011) Letter from 56 Members of Congress opposing intervention in postal collective bargaining process

(Sept 14, 2011) Letter from 56 Members of Congress opposing intervention in postal collective bargaining process [PDF]





Reference Source: NPMHU



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Sep 21, 2011

Mail Handler Contract Negotiations Update Number 2

CONTRACT UPDATE #2, 2011 No. 2 - September 19, 2011



Snip from article: "...the Postal Service has used its current financial predicament as an excuse for launching an unprecedented attack on its employees and the collective bargaining process. Just weeks before bargaining, the USPS asked Congress to abrogate the no-layoff clause, and to terminate the USPS participation in federal retirement and health programs. ..."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



Tags: Mail Handler Contract Negotiations Update 2,

What do contract negotiations look like in other industries at this time?

GM's workers offered $12,500 in bonuses in tentative UAW contract



Snip from article: "...plus a profit-sharing payout of at least $3,500 for this year (paid in 2012) and a $250 quality bonus if certain targets are met. They'll also receive an annual $1,000 "inflation protection" bonus each year of the contract...."

Reference Source: www.detnews.com



Tags: GM-UAW Contract Negotiation, GM-UAW Contract,

Hell yes it's a class war

Stop union busting, save the Postal Service!



Snip from article: "...The $5.5 billion payment in question is part of a bizarre requirement imposed upon the USPS by Congress five years ago to prefund its retiree health benefits 75 years in advance over a ten-year period. In effect, the Postal Service is paying for the retirement of workers who haven’t even been born yet..."

Reference Source: www.fightbacknews.org



Tags: union busting, anti-union, stop unions,

Sep 20, 2011

White House to prevent Postal Service from attacking union contracts

To save postal jobs, end Saturday mail - White House



Snip from article: "...The White House also, for the first time, came out strongly against any efforts to allow the postal agency to void union contracts to lay off 120,000 postal workers, as proposed by the Postal Service in its own cost-cutting plans...."

Reference Source: cnn.com



Tags: Postal Service cost cutting, Postal union contracts, saving the American worker, Protecting the working class, Standing up for America,

Postal Service may offer early retirement and buyouts

Republicans blast White House plan to revive Postal Service



Snip from article: "...The administration isn't calling for a reduction of workers; it instead wants the agency to offer early retirement and buyouts, possibly using the surplus FERS fund for that. The plan also doesn't allow USPS to withdraw from FERS because the move "needs greater scrutiny and additional time for analysis," an official said...."

Reference Source: Postal News



Tags: Postal early retirement and buyouts

Sep 19, 2011

NPMHU, APWU, and NALC nationwide television advertisement

NPMHU, APWU, and NALC
NATIONWIDE TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT



Snip from article: See video "...To help raise public awareness regarding the dire financial position of the USPS, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union has joined forces with two of its sister postal unions, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), to develop a television ad and to purchase a nationwide media buy. This television ad will be aired repeatedly on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News over the coming weeks. In this 30-second spot, we seek to enlighten the public that it is far more than declining mail volume that has created this postal financial crisis – and to reinforce the message that Congress helped create this problem, and that Congress can take action now to fix it...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



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Sep 18, 2011

Mail Handler contract update Number 1

Mail Handler contract update Number 1



Snip from article: "...The history of bargaining continues to influence current events, and will play an important role in the current negotiations over the terms of the 2011 National Agreement. With full knowledge of that history, the NPMHU will be working hard to obtain a fair and equitable contract for 2011 and beyond, meaning a contract that is both protective and constructive for all mail handlers...."

Reference Source: www.npmhu.org



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Sep 12, 2011

H. R. 2309 - 112TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION

H. R. 2309 CLICK HERE TO READ BILL



The following are excerpts from the cited PDF document



112TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. R. 2309

SEC. 104. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CLOSURES AND CONSOLIDATIONS.

(b) PLAN FOR THE CLOSURE OR CONSOLIDATION OF MAIL PROCESSING FACILITIES.—

(c) PLAN FOR THE CLOSURE OR CONSOLIDATION OF AREA AND DISTRICT OFFICES.—

SEC. 105. IMPLEMENTATION OF CLOSURES AND CONSOLIDATIONS.

Subtitle B—Other Provisions
SEC. 111. FREQUENCY OF MAIL DELIVERY.

(b) CERTAIN ACTIVITIES REQUIRING APPROVAL OF MAJORITY OF MEMBERS.—
(4) require the immediate renegotiation of an existing collective bargaining agreement in accordance with section 211(g)(1); or
(5) reject, modify, or terminate 1 or more terms of an existing collective bargaining agreement in accordance with section 211(g)(2).


(g) COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.-
(1) the Authority may require the renegotiation of an existing collective bargaining agreement to achieve specific economic savings and workforce flexibility goals; and...

Reference: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr2309ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr2309ih.PDF, United States Government Printing Office

Union: Postal Service plan's goal is to destroy union, employee benefits

Postal Service rescue: Plan’s goal is to destroy union, employee benefits

Timothy Manning, President, Local 304, National Postal Mail Handlers Union


Snip from article: "...The biggest enemy of unionized workers is Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, who has introduced a bill that would destroy the Postal Service and collective bargaining. He is the Postal Service’s targeted ally. It needs support from Rep. Issa and his tea party constituents.

We need to stop these people before we lose more jobs. Please contact your congressman and let him know that we have had enough. And please do not forget what these people are trying to do to American’s rights to unionize and hold jobs come the election of 2012...."

Reference Source: www.cantonrep.com



Tags: USPS Contract Negotiation, Postal Service Contract Negotiations, Mail Handler Contract, Mail Handler Contract Negotiations, 2011Mail Handler Contract Negotiations,Mailhandler,

Sep 8, 2011

List of Postal Closures Expected Next Week

Postal workers wonder what's next



Snip from article: "...The Postmaster General is expected to have a complete list of post offices and distribution centers that could be closed sometime next week...."

Reference Source: www.upnorthlive.com



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Aug 31, 2011

Collective Bargaining Begins between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the USPS

Collective Bargaining Begins between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the USPS



The National Postal Mail Handlers Union bargaining team met with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service on August 30, 2011 to mark the official start of the collective bargaining process for a successor agreement to replace the 2006 National Agreement which is scheduled to expire on November 20, 2011.

“We recognize the tough financial straits in which the Postal Service finds itself,” said National President John Hegarty, “and notwithstanding the unjustifiable actions recently taken by USPS Headquarters in asking Congress to overrule our collective bargaining agreement, we intend to work hard, in good faith, to try to reach an agreement.”

“We are not happy that the Postal Service has tried to abrogate the no-layoff clause through Congressional action, or that the Service has issued ill-advised proposals to pull out of the Federal health and retirement systems” said Hegarty, “but we intend to devote significant time and resources to try and reach a contract that is fair for the hard-working men and women whom we represent, fair for the USPS, and fair for the American mailing public.”

The NPMHU will put out periodic updates, in the form of bulletin board postings, as bargaining progresses.



Reference Source: npmhu317.blogspot.com



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Aug 27, 2011

USPS not utilizing labor contract provisions to reduce employees

What Postal Service can’t win from labor unions it hopes to get from Congress



thousands of career and non-career employees who are not covered by the no-layoff provisions. A spokesman for the letter carriers said his union alone has between 17,000 and 30,000 career employee members who are not covered.

Reference Source: www.washingtonpost.com



Tags: layoff protections,

Aug 22, 2011

National Postal Mail Handlers Union Contract Negotiations

National Postal Mail Handlers Union Contract Negotiations



National Postal Mail Handlers Union Contract Negotiations begin on August 30, 2011. Dues paying mail handlers across the nation are steadfast in their resolve to retain lay-off protections during the upcoming contract negotiations. Unfortunately, the Postal Service, through the media, has made it clear they may break union contracts to lay-off employees. Fortunately, with a heavy military veteran population in the postal workforce, there are other laws that protect disabled veterans from being thrown into the streets. Additionally, the U.S. Postal Service has yet to exhaust every avenue relating to reduction of the workforce. For example, the USPS would be remiss in their efforts to reduce the workforce without offering another Voluntary Early Retirement offer that provides the maximum Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) as a buyout to Mail Handlers. The Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment Authority, also known as buyout authority, allows agencies that are downsizing or restructuring to offer employees lump-sum payments up to $25,000 as an incentive to voluntarily separate. There are many options that could be developed to reduce the workforce where senior employees could be compensated and offered a full retirement before breaking contracts and/or negotiating out lay-off protections.

Reference Source: Mail Handler Contract Negotiations



Tags: National Postal Mail Handlers Union Contract Negotiations 2011

Lay-off protections one of most important contract items

Difficult union talks begin for US mail carriers and handlers



For the mail handlers’ union, it will focus on job cuts associated with the USPS plans to reduce area mail processing capacity from 508 plants down to less than 200, and its review of 3,700 post offices for possible closure. Dave Williams, USPS vice president of network operations, told reporters yesterday that the AMP closure plans would directly affect 30,000 to 35,000 workers.

Reference Source: postandparcel.info



Tags: 2011Mail Handler Contract Negotiations,

Aug 18, 2011

Postal Service intends to close more than 60 percent of its mail processing plants by the end of next year,

Postal Service plans to close about 300 mail processing plants



More than 30,000 Postal Service employees will be affected. The agency will follow requirements in union contracts in dealing with them, Williams said afterward. Attrition would take care of some of the impact, while other workers would be reassigned to jobs elsewhere, John Hegarty, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, said later in a phone interview.

Reference Source: www.federaltimes.com



Tags: Postal Layoffs, Mail Processing Plant Closures, National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Crushing Unions, anti-union,

Aug 11, 2011

USPS: Cut Jobs, Pull employees out of Federal Health and Federal Retirement programs

Cash-strapped USPS may cut 120,000 jobs



Congressional approval would be needed for either step, and both could be expected to face severe opposition from postal unions which have contracts that ban layoffs.


Reference Source: www.cbsnews.com



Tags: Postal Job Cuts, Postal Health Benefits, Postal Employee Retirement, Federal Retirement, Federal Health Program,Postal Layoff

Aug 8, 2011

National Postal Mail Handlers contract expires November 2011

Arbitration ahead for Postal Service, rural letter carriers union



Don’t forget, by the way, that contracts with two other postal unions, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, expire Nov. 20.


Reference Source: federaltimes.com



Tags: National Postal Mail Handlers contract negotiations

May 27, 2011

What does Postal Service-APWU contract mean for other postal unions?

What does Postal Service-APWU contract mean for other postal unions?



"...“We expect to see the same type of framework in those contracts that we’ve been able to negotiate with the APWU,” Donahoe said. Asked later if Donahoe sees a similar wage..."


Reference Source: federaltimes.com



Tags: Mail Handler Contract Negotiations,