City Letter Carriers Ratify New 5-Year Contract

September 11, 2007 by
Filed under: contract, NALC, postal, usps 

Contract ratified! Approved by 9-to-1 margin

Rank-and-file members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year National Agreement with the U.S. Postal Service covering city delivery letter carriers throughout the nation, the union announced today.

The vote for ratification was 104,346 to 11,895 according to Joseph DeRossi of NALC Branch 41, Brooklyn, New York, chairman of a special Ballot Committee that supervised the tabulation.The tentative settlement, reached by negotiators on July 12, had been endorsed unanimously by the NALC Executive Council.

The contract includes general wage increases of 8.85 percent over the term of the agreement, along with semi-annual cost-of-living adjustments, and new protections against contracting out of letter carrier work by the Postal Service to private firms and individuals.

NALC President William H. Young applauded the 89.8 percent approval vote by the union membership.

“I am extremely pleased that members of this union agree that this is a good settlement that meets the interests and needs of both letter carriers and the Postal Service,” Young said. “This agreement shows that labor and management can work together to ensure that the American people continue to have the most efficient and dedicated postal system in the world.”

The agreement provides a 1.4 percent wage increase retroactive to November 25, 2006; a 1.8 percent increase in November 2007; 1.9 percent in November 2008; 1.9 percent in November 2009, and 1.85 percent in November 2010.

The contract runs until November 20, 2011.

The NALC represents all 222,000 city delivery letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service in the 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions.

SOURCE National Association of Letter Carriers

USPS: “The agreement is the third contract between the Postal Service and its four major unions from the 2006 negotiations. Contracts were ratified with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) in January 2007. Members of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) failed to ratify a tentative agreement. The terms of that contract are currently scheduled to be resolved in interest arbitration proceedings this fall.”

Comments

18 Comments on City Letter Carriers Ratify New 5-Year Contract

  1. postman52 on Wed, 12th Sep 2007 1:03 pm
  2. Too bad we couldnt strike,I would like to see everyone who voted no,sit out in the 100 degree sun for a few months like I watched the strikers against space alliance and they received 150 dollars a week.All the no voters shouldnt get any retroactive pay.

  3. blocker in vermont on Wed, 12th Sep 2007 3:48 pm
  4. postman….good point…However, the real issue is that ALL the scabs should be paying more for
    their health and insurance benefits!!!! It is un-
    real to me that they get the same as us without paying DUES… treat them in the workplace like they should be treated,i.e. like management shit.
    Grow up and smell the shit, it is not your brother, your union brother… it is the leaches
    in our ranks!!!!!!!

  5. nod on Wed, 12th Sep 2007 4:21 pm
  6. well your right blocker, the scabs all whine about not wanting to pay union dues but boy who was it that got them that raise and the retro pay, or protected their sorry asses from being outsourced by contractors. they wont whine about that now will they.If we were not all united, they could get the same shit wages as mcdonalds workers, or far worse walmart employees. I always tell the mgmt kissin fools that if they are so sick of their job and the union go flip burgers for 1/8th the wage u make now. “STRENGHT IN SOLIDARITY”:)

  7. Dave D on Wed, 12th Sep 2007 7:04 pm
  8. 52,

    I bet you didn’t read any of the settled memorandums. I bet you aren’t aware that those of us with family coverage on health care will pay at least $650 dollars a year more for health care premiums in the last year of the contract. I bet you don’t care about PTF’s being promoted to regular. I bet you don’t care about the contracting out of new territory. I bet you’ve never filed a grievance. I bet you’ve applied to the 204b program. And finally, I bet you haven’t attented a Branch Union meeting in the last year.

    Screw the wages, why should we pay more for health care when other federal workers are not having a similar percentage increase as we will?

    Bull Young won’t tell you but I will, the NALC is not negotiating from a position of strength. We cannot stop contracting out since it has been with us (in the form of Article 32) for at least the past 24 years.

    Hey Brother, fight management like I have in the Royal Oak District for over 20 years by filing grievances, and representing Carriers in EEOs and the grievance procedure and then maybe you can see the other side.

    So why don’t you take your retroactive pay and cola and take your 204b unit supervisor out to lunch you moron.

  9. east coast on Wed, 12th Sep 2007 7:32 pm
  10. I read this blogs and I stop wondering why we failed on voting this contract down. It all comes down to cola check and retro pay. You people make me sick, did you ever stop spending your moeny and read the contract? Brother’s and Sister’s wee’s in trouble in a few Months six I’s believe is when Management say’s. Sorry Billy but wee’s can’t come to an agreement on the MOU’s so it’s Three Bundles, same ole route inspection, and Dois is now the Postal Bible.

    And about your windfall on the Cola check did you ever think long term. Let’s just say that you work 10 more years, and cola that should have been rolled into you yearly salary, but was not thanks to your yes vote, you just lost 6,880.dollars.That 688 dollars also effects raises in the future, which in turns effects your high three, social security and overtime rates.
    Lets talk PTF’s and TE’s if you read between the lines when one of your fellow carriers retires or leave’s the Post Office Management will envolke Art 12 and hold all open routes for reversion, what they will do is put a TE on the open route and say the are waiting for the FSS machine and then the will elimate that route. So there will be no need to hire full time carriers.Bottom line our hard working PTF’s will stay PTF’s for a long time.
    And don’t think we are done with giving back on Health Care… see me in five years.
    On last thing just because I voted no does not mean that I hate this Union. This is were you my fellow carriers are wrong. It is just the oppisite, I care too much

  11. john foreign on Thu, 13th Sep 2007 3:28 pm
  12. When will you undereducated overpaid bums realized you have scammed the public again about your underpaid job! Hmm 25 dollars an hour to deliver mail.

  13. Anonymous on Fri, 14th Sep 2007 9:56 am
  14. REMEMBER 1970!

  15. john foreign on Fri, 14th Sep 2007 10:20 am
  16. I was there in 1970! God nonbody wanted our job then. Now they”re lined up around the block to get it. Don’t you guys get it?

  17. deniece on Fri, 14th Sep 2007 6:01 pm
  18. when will the

  19. john on Wed, 19th Sep 2007 6:21 pm
  20. Well I guess all of the carriers that work in the high cost of living areas got screwed again. While the rest of the country gets to live like kings, we barely keep our heads above water…..

  21. Anonymous on Fri, 21st Sep 2007 6:16 am
  22. WHEN I STARTED IN THE OLD POST OFFICE DEPT I MADE 2 DOLLARS AND FORTY ONE CENTS AN HOUR,2.41 IN NEW ENGLAND WE ARE GOING BACK-TO 1960! THERE YOU HAVE IT!

  23. route9 on Sun, 23rd Sep 2007 2:49 pm
  24. in case you a**holes,who voted “yes” don’t know,the rank and file have fallen back almost 1% in real spending dollars since the wildcat strike of 1970.thanks to spitheads in the south.if it wasn’t for the revenue we make in the northeast corridor and big cities,you hayseeds would be picken cotton and tobacco.
    i say let the south fend for themselves,the nalc and apwu should consolidate and kick these plowboys out of the union.vote democrat and get rid of the dreck.

  25. DaveD on Wed, 3rd Oct 2007 6:49 pm
  26. Now for the best part, here come the TE’s, no restrictions brothers and sisters. Just read the memos. Part time workforce will be here to stay. Oh, and by the way, no more overtime. That is your reward for working hard and sacrificing your family life. Management hates the overtime list carriers and the money they make. Memos allow up to 8% TEs per district. Can have more than that in individual offices as long as district is at 8%.

    Thank slick bull young for that brothers and sisters. He knew you were too lazy to read the memorandums he sold us out on. Vote yes for the money. That money will not equal four weeks worth of overtime.

    Maybe now you will start going to union meetings. It starts with taking control of your local branches by making sure your officers are not always on union time but are on management time.

    Its time to take back our union from the bull youngs of the world who haven’t carried mail in 30 years but think they know what is best for us.

  27. AZ KID on Wed, 17th Oct 2007 3:38 pm
  28. OK, JUST GETTING STARTED AS TE IN AZ. HOW WILL WORK BE IN 5 YRS, WILL WE EVER GO FULL TIME TO GET BENEFITS?

  29. Charles McGill III on Fri, 26th Oct 2007 12:51 pm
  30. I am responding to the yes voters.Do you still think you were right after the $688. was taxed? I recieved less than $400. The contract is deceitful. The union accepted a less than the best contract. The contract should have been negotiated like a car deal to achieve the best deal possible. We are worth more than we are being paid.

  31. lynx on Sat, 22nd Dec 2007 3:20 pm
  32. I pray that one day that the postal service will be privatize….and it will be over…all the nonsense…no principles…only the money…money…money…

  33. peter on Tue, 29th Jan 2008 6:54 pm
  34. I agree it’s time to rid the country of this dinosaur

  35. Paul on Thu, 20th May 2010 8:54 am
  36. I have 20 years as a letter carrier and because off being targeted by a vengeful postmaster, I was never allowed to transfer to a larger office for the first 17 years. I was shop steward for 15 years and won way more grievances than I lost. Our office merged with a local in St. Louis, MO and I used to drive almost 90 miles to the shop steward meeting every month. Finally 3 years ago I got my transfer to a bigger office and thought that now I would be allowed to go regular. I am still a PTF and my union says I will not get to go regular because of the freeze in promoting. They are working TE’s 40 yours every week here, there are two and there are two of us PTF’s. The union is not interested in making the office make me regular. They keep telling me, that I am a PTF and basically they can do nothing for me. They have sold out to management and the vice president says we need to do all we can to help management. The president is only interested in keeping his job at whatever costs. There are two other invdividuals there that are strong union, but are held back by the president and vice president. That is why after 18 years as a union member I dropped out and they will get no further dues from me. The president actually told me that it wasn’t about winning grievances anyway, it was about the benefits they get for us. Yeah, the longer routes, heavier loads and constant harrassment. Some benefits.