A TENTATIVE NALC/USPS CONTRACT AGREEMENT!
Other Notable Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)
The new contract updated, revised and combined several Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), continued dozens of others, and added several new MOUs on a variety of topics. Among the most notable new MOUs are:
MOU Re: Qualifying period-exception for City Carrier Assistants
CCAs with a minimum of 90 days of service prior to conversion to career status without a break in service are exempt from the Ninety-Day Qualifying Period in ELM 512.313, pertaining to using annual leave. Previously, all newly converted employees, regardless of time in service, were required to complete 90 days of employment as a career employee prior to being allowed to take annual leave.
MOU Re: Managed Service Point Scans
No later than 60 days from the ratification date of the 2019 collective bargaining agreement, Managed Service Points (MSPs) will be removed from the street delivery portions of city letter carrier routes. The MSP program, now more than 20 years old, has long since outlived its dubious usefulness.
MOU Re: City Delivery and Workplace Improvement Task Force
This renamed MOU modifies the MOU Re: City Delivery Task Force and expands the role of the task force for the purposes of jointly seeking methods to improve the cultural and operational environment in city delivery offices.
MOU Re: City Carrier Uniform Task Force
Establishes a national-level task force to improve the efficiency and accessibility of the uniform program and to improving the overall quality of available uniform items in a cost-effec-tive manner. The task force will also explore ways to incorporate improved materials and uniform designs into the uniform program while continuing to supply city carriers with sufficient uniform items.
MOU RE: Local Implementation
The local implementation period is scheduled for April 29, 2021, to May 28, 2021. During this 30- day period, the 22 Items listed in Article 30 of the contract as well as related matters in a NALC Branch’s Local Memorandum of Understanding (LMOU) can be discussed by local NALC representatives and corresponding local USPS management representatives.
Examples of LMOU Items include but are not limited to the Branch’s local leave program, holiday scheduling, health and safety, and matters pertinent to bidding on vacant assignments as well as temporary vacancies of 5 days or more (better known as opts or hold downs).
Of note, it is not mandatory that a Branch’s existing local contract be opened for renegotiation. However, if either the union or management provides notification of intent to negotiate, then such negotiations must take place. If local negotiations do take place, Branch 2184 will be represented by a team chosen by the Branch President.
Now it’s Your Turn
In this pandemic-ridden time, the NALC has some logistical challenges putting together a ballot committee, as required by the NALC Constitution. However, they will get this done and every eligible active member will receive a copy of the proposed
agreement and ballot. Please take some time to read it over, and not just Article 9 (Salaries and Wages).
Then complete your ballot and return it in the envelope provided. It’s that simple – and it’s that important.
Then take that knowledge and awareness back with you into the workplace each day. Again, knowledge is power, but only if you have it and only if you use it.
-- Branch 2184 Officers and Stewards
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