The USPS and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union agreed on an extension of the talks, although the union said the number of preliminary agreements reached so far by both parties was “relatively limited.” Meanwhile, the National Association of Letters has declared a deadlock in its discussions. The union and the post office will go to mediation, but they seem to be in the process of arbitration in 60 days. Both parties will take advantage of the conciliation process to continue discussions and will accept arbitrators who will make a binding decision if they fail to reach an agreement. In the event of a postal victory, APWU employees each pay an additional 1 per cent for their health insurance premiums for each of the next three years. Despite the setback, APWU President Mark Dimondstein welcomed the new collective agreement. 2017 Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM)-Bookmarked For more details on the rules that affect collective bargaining in the mail, see here. In a significant development, the arbitrator imposed a moratorium on plant closures until April 2017. The Post Office has delayed the planned consolidations for 2015, following the closure of 141 facilities as of 2012. During the second phase of the closures, thousands of jobs are expected to be cut and many more jobs created. The Post Office still has to justify the closures if it wants to move forward next year. The American Postal Workers` Union [APWU] and the United States Postal Service [USPS] have a new 40-month collective agreement. Their previous contract expired in May 2015. After negotiations were deadlocked on several negotiating issues, negotiations stopped and an arbitrator was called to clarify the remaining disputes in their respective negotiating proposals.
It is mandatory for the post office and its unions to establish binding rules after the impasse. Negotiations in the postal service are distinguished by the fact that they are governed by federal law (39 U.S.C 1201 and beyond). Tags: Contract, CBA, Collective Agreement The contract converts all PSEs that work in motor vehicle maintenance or services within 60 days for career employees.