Contract Negotiations Update: Management and Union Exchange Final Economic Proposals
On March 7, 2019, the APWU and United States Postal Service negotiators exchanged their final economic proposals as both sides continue their preparation for interest arbitration. USPS economic proposals are nothing short of draconian and regressive. Their proposals include:
No increase in pay rates – a freeze for current employees:
One lump sum payment in lieu of the usual annual pay raise;
Lump sum payments in lieu of COLAs.
Decreasing the career workforce:
Increasing the percentage of non-career employees to 25% in the clerk craft;
Reintroduction of 10% PSEs into the maintenance workforce undoing the all-career maintenance craft;
Reintroduction of 10% PSEs into the MVS Craft.
Pay and benefits substantially cut for all future conversion to career and future hires:
A converted PSE would take a pay cut of almost $1.00 per hour and work into year three before getting back to the PSE rate.
Current career employees with less than six years seniority must work 15 years to gain “no lay-off” protection.
Elimination of no lay-off provision for all future workers.
USPS management also had made numerous regressive proposals including:
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