Several locals have informed us that managers have approached them seeking to raise the wages of non-career Postal Support Employee (PSE) drivers. This is because the USPS has encountered difficulty filling the positions at the current pay rate.
During contract talks, we told management negotiators to expect problems filling the PSE jobs because of the low pay, but at the time they wouldn’t budge. Therefore, the APWU and USPS management agreed that if the negotiated rates were insufficient to attract enough PSE drivers in a particular area, the parties at the national level would negotiate an alternate rate that would be sufficient.
Since then, management has unilaterally raised the wages of PSEs in at least two districts, Minneapolis and Sacramento. However, changes to the pay scale can only be negotiated at the national level.
If the Postal Service changes the pay of PSEs at your facility — or attempts to do so — please contact us immediately at 202-842-4240.