National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 New pay rates implemented Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:25:17 -0500 On April 10, all city letter carriers began earning their new pay rates in accordance with the 2019 National Agreement. The new pay rates include the following:

For career city carriers:

  • 1.1% General Wage Increase effective November 23, 2019
  • $166 Cost of Living Adjustment effective February 29, 2020
  • $188 Cost of Living Adjustment effective August 29, 2020
  • 1.1% General Wage Increase effective November 21, 2020
  • $416 Cost of Living Adjustment effective February 27, 2021

*Cost of living increases referenced above are paid proportionally to city carriers in Table 2 in accordance with Article 9.3.E of the National Agreement.

For City Carrier Assistants:

  • 1.1% General Wage Increase and additional 1.0% increase effective November 23, 2019
  • 1.1% General Wage Increase and additional 1.0% increase effective November 21, 2020

*City carrier assistants receive the additional 1.0% increases referenced above in lieu of cost of living adjustments pursuant to Article 9.7 of the National Agreement.

These increases will be reflected in the April 30 paychecks.

Backpay will be calculated from the dates indicated above through April 9, 2021. The Postal Service has indicated that it will take some time to calculate the back pay for more than 210,000 letter carriers but expects the process to be completed and payments made sometime in July.

The new pay rates can be seen in the new letter carrier pay schedule available here.

NALC Step-B Member Vivian Walker passes away Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:05:19 -0500 The NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vivian Walker on March 31st.

Vivian started her postal career in 1996. It wasn’t long before she started serving her fellow brothers and sisters as an alternate steward, shop steward, and eventually chief shop steward of Branch 3825, Rockville, MD. In 2018 she began serving her region as a member of the Capital Dispute Resolution Team. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, and a granddaughter. She was 57.

“On behalf of the entire NALC, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the friends, family, and co-workers of Sister Walker” President Rolando stated. “Her long standing pursuit of justice in the workplace breathed life into the National Agreement – improving the lives and workplaces of those she represented.”

Two MOUs Agreed Upon as Parties Work to Implement Terms of New National Agreement Tue, 30 Mar 2021 12:00:00 -0500 Two memorandums of understanding related to the MOU RE: City Carrier Assistants – Conversion to Career Status, the new automatic conversion of CCAs to career status when they reach 24 months of relative standing, have been agreed upon as NALC and USPS work to implement the terms of the recently ratified 2019 National Agreement.

MOU RE: Implementation of CCA Conversions to Career Status (M-01946) is an agreement which recognizes that an anomaly exists with the timelines for city carrier assistant conversions to career status pursuant to the MOU RE: City Carrier Assistants – Conversion to Career Status. To protect principles of seniority, the parties agree to a conversion date of May 8, 2021, for CCAs with 24 months of relative standing on March 8, 2021 and those that reach 24 months of relative standing after March 8, 2021, but on or before April 9, 2021. Additionally, a lump sum payment will be made to CCAs that reach 24 months relative standing between the dates of March 9, 2021, and March 26, 2021. Any issue or dispute regarding implementation of this agreement will be resolved through an alternate dispute resolution process.

MOU Re: Reassignment Opportunities (M-01947) is an agreement which recognizes that opportunities for career employees to apply, and be considered, for reassignment from one installation to another may be limited due to the increase in the number of part-time flexible city letter carriers who are converted from non-career to career status in accordance with the terms of the MOU Re: City Carrier Assistants – Conversion to Career Status. The agreement modifies certain terms of the MOU Re: Full-time Regular Opportunities – City Letter Carrier Craft in order to continue providing such opportunities for career employees to reassign.

Both MOUs can be found in NALC’s Materials Reference System on the NALC website.

Recent letter carrier deaths from COVID-19 and other causes Fri, 26 Mar 2021 08:27:18 -0500 The NALC is deeply saddened to learn of an additional four letter carriers lost to COVID-19, plus one lost in the line of duty, and one killed off duty.

Recent letter carrier deaths due to coronavirus

Frank Baltazar died Jan. 29, 2021. Frank started his postal career in 1977. He carried at the Anaheim Hills Post Office and belonged to Branch 1100, Garden Grove, CA. In 2013, Frank retired after 36 years of service. He leaves behind his wife Peggy, a retired member of Branch 1100. He was 66.

Pricelo Pablo died Feb. 5, 2021. After serving in the US Navy for 28 years, he went on to join the Postal Service as a letter carrier in 1994. Brother Pablo retired in 2009 after 15 years of service. He worked at the Portsmouth Main, VA, Post Office and was a member of Tidewater Branch 247. He is survived by his wife Ethel, and children, Yolanda, Joey, and Jason. He was 73.

Sabrina McKenna died Feb. 15, 2021, at age 57. She became a letter carrier in 1986 and retired in 2020 after 34 years of service. Sister McKenna was a member of Branch 3099, Jasper, AL. She is survived by her sons Joshua and Matthew.

Richard Kurpisz died Mar. 5, 2021. Brother Kurpisz started his postal career in 1957. After 46 years of dedicated service, he retired in 2003. He was a member of Long Island Merged Branch 6000, and a gold card member with 57 years in the NALC. He leaves behind wife Barbara, and children Michael and James. He was 81.

Letter carrier killed off duty

Matthew Hingston died Mar. 21, 2021, from a tragic apartment fire. After serving in the Marines, he became a letter carrier in 1997. As a member of Branch 74, Brother Hingston worked in Saginaw, MI and served his fellow brothers and sisters as a shop steward. He leaves behind his daughter, Madelynn. He was 49.

Letter carrier who died in the line of duty

Ian Roxas died Feb. 27, 2021, while on-duty at the age of 56. He had a long battle with COVID-19 and recently returned to work after recovering. He joined the Postal Service in 1990 and worked at the El Monte, CA, Post Office. Brother Roxas was a member of Garden Grove Branch 1100. He is survived by his brother.

“We will mourn their loss” President Rolando stated. “On behalf of the entire NALC, we send our condolences and deepest sympathies to the friends, family and co-workers of our lost brothers and sisters.”

Several COVID-19 Related MOUs Extended and Agreed Upon Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:08:55 -0500 By joint agreement (M-01942), several COVID related memorandums of understanding have been further extended through June 4, 2021. These memoranda include: temporary expanded sick leave for dependent care (M-01910); temporary use of the 7:01 rule (M-01913); temporary workplace changes to promote social distancing (M-01915); and temporary use of TCAs (M-01916).

NALC and the Postal Service also agreed, to another temporary time limit extension on Step B and arbitration appeals (M-01943), with a few changes from the last such agreement, and an agreement giving local parties the ability to develop a sign-up process for full-time employees who previously did not, or could not, place their names on either the overtime desired list or work assignment list (M-01944). Both of these agreements will expire on June 4, 2021, as well.

Also extended through June 4, 2021, is a USPS memorandum (M-01914) which instructs managers and supervisors to allow liberal changes of schedule to accommodate employees who are dealing with childcare issues related to the pandemic. The memorandum also provides for liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) to the extent operationally feasible, treats COVID-19 related leave as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave, and directs that leave taken for COVID-19 related reasons during this time not be cited in discipline for failing to maintain an assigned schedule.

Furthermore, with the understanding that under the American Rescue Plan Act, CCAs may be granted up to 600 hours of paid Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL) for COVID-19 related reasons, the parties have also agreed to a new MOU (M-01941) that suspends MOU Re: Temporary Additional Paid Leave for CCAs (M-01911). This MOU will expire on June 4, 2021 as well.

Additionally, as was previously agreed upon for leave year 2021, NALC and USPS have agreed (M-01940) to allow regular work force career employees covered by the USPS-NALC National Agreement to carry over 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2021 to leave year 2022.  Provisions in the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) regarding payment of accumulated leave are not changed as a result of this MOU, which expires December 31, 2022.

Each of the MOUs and the USPS directive can be found in NALC’s Materials Reference System on the NALC website.

NALC Statement on the Postal Service’s “Delivering for America” Plan Tue, 23 Mar 2021 09:30:24 -0500 Today the U. S. Postal Service released it long-term strategic business plan, which many in Congress have been demanding for years.

 There are many positive elements in the USPS Delivering for America Plan, including: its adoption of a credible growth strategy (worth $24 billion in revenues over 10 years) focused on helping millions of small- and medium-sized companies reach all Americans, particularly those in rural and under-served communities with direct mail and e-commerce services; its commitment to maintaining 6- and 7-day delivery; its plans to invest $40 billion in new vehicles, improved post offices, technology improvements, and infrastructure upgrades; its openness to  expanding services provided by the Postal Service’s unmatched retail network; its embrace of the electrification of its delivery vehicle fleet; and its recognition that improving the work experience of postal employees and reducing turnover are essential to improving the quality of service. 

We have obvious concerns with certain operational elements of the plan, but we look forward to engaging the Postal Service in productive discussions regarding any changes to ensure that our members’ contractual rights and career interests are protected and that we achieve timely and reliable service to the American people. We will also engage in the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) legally mandated review process for any proposed service changes.  

The business plan provides a good starting point for discussion going forward and should satisfy those who wanted to see such a plan before moving forward with legislation. We believe that we can work with the USPS and PRC to further strengthen this plan to better serve the American people and look forward to the additional perspectives that will be provided by three recently nominated Governors.  

We urge Congress to work together in a bi-partisan manner to expeditiously adopt postal reform legislation based on the recent discussion draft developed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Key provisions of this legislation include Medicare integration on a prospective basis and a repeal of the onerous retiree health care pre-funding mandate, both of which are a part of the Postal Service’s plan. We hope these essential elements will attract bipartisan support and we urge the Committee and the entire Congress to act in that spirit. 

At the same time, we look forward to working with the Biden Administration and will urge it to take administrative actions to strengthen the Postal Service, one of America’s greatest national treasures, for decades to come. 

In separate news today, the Postal Service also announced that it will be joining NALC and the other postal unions in a Joint Task Force to investigate and address the deplorable service, mail delays, and non-delivery of routes in certain locations around the country. NALC will prioritize this joint effort to make the changes necessary to restore timely service to our customers in these areas.

3rd contract COLA set at $416 Tue, 16 Mar 2021 18:48:54 -0500 The third regular cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for career letter carriers under the 2019-2023 National Agreement is $416 annually following the release of the January Consumer Price Index. This increase will be added to every step in Table 1 and Step O in Table 2, and then applied proportionately to Steps A through N in Table 2. The increase will be payable retroactive to February 27.

This COLA will be included in back pay calculations, which are ongoing. More information on the implementation of the new contract will be released as soon as possible.

2019-2023 NALC-USPS National Agreement Mon, 15 Mar 2021 12:53:40 -0500 The 2019-2023 NALC-USPS National Agreement is now available online by clicking here. The PDF includes bookmarks and hyperlinks to make navigating the document easier. Printed copies will be available in the coming weeks.

Emergency Federal Employee Leave Mon, 15 Mar 2021 16:37:11 -0500 The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides an important new leave benefit for letter carriers affected by COVID-19. Effective March 12, it establishes a new category of leave called Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL). EFEL is available to all federal employees if they experience a Covid-19 related absence which qualifies under the provisions of the Act. For the current USPS guidance on EFEL leave entitlements, the qualifying reasons, and the procedures for this requesting leave, click here.

Congress Completes Work on Fifth COVID-Relief Package, President to Sign Wed, 10 Mar 2021 17:30:00 -0500 The House of Representatives once again passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319), following Senate passage Saturday, by a vote of 221-211. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by President Biden this week to provide a fifth round of COVID-relief to the American people.

The House vote comes after the Senate stripped a provision that would have changed the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. In addition, the Senate made minor changes to the House-passed legislation, which required another vote by the House. Unfortunately, every House Republican opposed the legislation along with Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), the lone Democrat who opposed the measure.

Of critical importance to letter carriers are two key provisions that NALC successfully lobbied for including:

  • Establishes an Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund for federal and postal employees. Most letter carriers are familiar with the COVID-19 related leave provisions from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that were in effect in 2020, but expired on Dec. 31. This bill provides up to 600 hours of paid leave for each full-time employee or a proportional equivalent for part-time employees at a capped rate of $35 per hour and no more than $1,400 per week. The bill also carries forward the same COVID-related reasons for using the leave that were included in the FFCRA but adds new reasons, such as getting vaccinated. While the FFCRA required leave be paid at only 2/3 rate for certain reasons, this bill contains no such reduction in the rate the leave is paid. A $570 million fund is included to pay for the leave.
  • Workers’ compensation language that presumes a positive COVID-19 diagnosis for postal (and federal) employees as work-related. The presumption would authorize benefits such as medical, disability and survivor benefits for workers who contracted COVID-19 in the three-year period beginning January 27, 2020 and ending January 27, 2023.

The bill also provides $1,400 in direct relief payments for individuals making under $75,000 (phased out at $80,000) and joint filers making $150,000, with $1,400 per dependent child.

We expect the Department of Labor to issue guidance on the leave and workers compensation provisions in the near future. NALC will work with the Postal Service on implementation of the leave provisions and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Branch 176 Officer Ronnie Jackson Passes Away Wed, 10 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0500 The NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ronnie “Big Jack” Jackson. He passed away March 6, 2021. Ronnie was a dedicated branch activist and wore many hats as he served Branch 176, Baltimore, MD.

Brother Jackson was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He then went on to start his postal career in 1973 and was first elected as shop steward at the Gwynn Oak Post Office in 1989. He served as shop steward for 15 years. From 1996 through 1999 he also served as the branch’s AFL-CIO delegate. In 2000, he was elected as the branch’s Health Benefit Representative. After 36 years, Brother Jackson retired from the Postal Service in 2009 and continued his role as Health Benefit Representative until his passing. Brother Jackson was a dedicated member of NALC for 48 years, and he attended every national convention since 1989. Ronnie leaves behind his wife Debra and children Monique and Ronnie Jr. He was 70.

“We mourn the loss of Brother Jackson,” said President Rolando. “He was dedicated to his brothers and sisters. On behalf of the entire NALC, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.”

House Passes PRO Act Tue, 09 Mar 2021 21:00:00 -0500 Tonight, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842), which seeks to restore protections that give workers the right to organize and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.

H.R. 842 passed by a vote of 225-206 with five Republicans—Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Don Young (R-AK), John Katko (R-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Jeff VanDrew (R-NJ)—joining a majority of Democrats. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) was the only Democrat who voted against the measure. H.R. 842 was introduced by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and 195 original cosponsors in the House and by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and 44 original cosponsors in the Senate.

The PRO Act supports workers’ right to strike for basic workplace improvements, including higher wages and better working conditions; create a mediation and arbitration process to ensure corporations and newly formed unions reach a first contract; authorize unions and employers to negotiate agreements that allow unions to collect fair-share fees that cover the costs of representation; protect the integrity of union elections against coercive “captive audience” meetings. The PRO Act would streamline the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) procedures to secure worker freedoms and effectively prevent violations by establishing penalties on corporations that violate workers’ rights and by combatting misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors.

“NALC appreciates the 225 bipartisan members of Congress who demonstrated their support in basic worker protections,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. In addition to lobbying for passage of the legislation, NALC sent a letter to the House in support of this important legislation.

“While NALC is an open shop with over 93 percent voluntary membership, we do not take our success in organizing for granted,” Rolando said in the letter. “To protect our rights, we all know that all workers must enjoy a real right to organize, not just a theoretical right to do so. We stand in solidarity with the millions of workers and their families who this legislation will benefit.”

The legislation now must be considered by the Senate, where 60 votes will be needed to pass the bill to get to the president’s desk. The president issued a strong statement of administrative policy in support of the PRO Act, available here.

NALC will continue to lobby for enactment of this important legislation and any future legislation, such as the Public Sector Freedom to Negotiate Act, to ensure all workers have the right to organize.

Membership Ratifies New NALC-USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement Mon, 08 Mar 2021 14:59:40 -0500 The active membership of the National Association of Letter Carriers has overwhelmingly ratified the tentative 2019-2023 National Agreement with the United States Postal Service. Over 94% of participating eligible members voted to accept the tentative agreement that was announced on November 25. The vote to ratify was 60,111 to accept the agreement versus 3,341 to reject it, as reported by NALC’s Ballot Committee chairman Delano Wilson of Silver Spring, MD Branch 2611. The fifteen-member Ballot Committee monitored and observed the dispatch, receipt, and tabulation of the Ratification Ballot conducted by an independent company, MOSAIC of Cheverly, MD.

NALC will officially notify USPS of the March 8 ratification date.

Information on back pay and the implementation of the new contract will be released as soon as possible.

The new contract covers a 44-month term from September 20, 2019, to May 20, 2023.

Branch 825 Member Richard Treonis Passes Away Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0500 Anthony Puccio

The NALC mourns the loss of Richard Treonis, who passed away March 3, 2021. Rich was a lifelong advocate of helping others and spent many of his years in service of his fellow brothers and sisters. He became a city letter carrier in 1962 and it didn’t take long for him to become active in the NALC. In 1970, as the Great Postal Strike stunned the country, Rich joined his brothers and sisters on strike. This important moment lead to an opportunity for letter carriers throughout the country to bargain for better wages and working conditions and ended the era of collective begging.

Rich served his branch, John Grace Branch 825, Oakbrook, IL, in many roles including shop steward, secretary, and trustee. In 1987 he was elected to serve in a full-time position as Executive Vice President. He was instrumental to his branch’s growth as they merged many small suburban offices into a large local which now has over 70 offices and 2,800 members.

In 2008, Rich got involved with the Kane County Democrats and would donate his time and energy to achieve legislative progress. He made an impression in the political arena as well, earning the Kane County Democrats 2021 Truman Award shortly before his passing for his hard work and dedication.

During his retirement, Brother Treonis achieved 50 years of membership and became an NALC gold card member in 2012. Despite his dedication and commitment to the Kane County Democrats, Rich continued to serve as a letter carrier congressional liaison for the Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers.

“Rich touched his community and the lives of letter carriers all across Illinois with his dedication and service. On behalf of the entire NALC, we send our condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones” President Rolando stated. “Brother Treonis has been a tremendous asset to the NALC and will be missed. Although our membership mourns the loss of Brother Treonis, his contributions will live on.”

Rich leaves behind his wife, Colette, and three children. He was 77.

Senate Passes Additional COVID-19 Relief Sat, 06 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0500 Today the Senate passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) by a vote of 50-49 following its passage last week in the House of Representatives.

For letter carriers, the bill preserves House-passed language that establishes an Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund for federal and postal employees who must quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, care for a family member/dependent with COVID-19, receive a vaccine, or care for a child with a closed school until Sept. 30, 2021. The $570 million fund to pay for the leave, which will provide for 600 hours of paid leave for each full-time employee, or a proportional equivalent for part-time employees at a capped rate of $35 per hour and no more than $1,400 a week. As letter carriers will recall, the Families First COVID-19 Relief Act (FFCRA) provided letter carriers paid emergency sick leave, but that program expired at the end of December and was limited to emergency COVID-19 leave.

In addition, prior to passage of the bill, NALC successfully lobbied for inclusion of workers’ compensation language that deems a positive COVID-19 diagnosis for postal (and federal) employees as work-related. The presumption would authorize benefits such as medical, disability and survivor benefits for workers who contracted COVID-19 in the three-year period beginning Jan. 27, 2020, and ending Jan. 27, 2023. It is important to note that due to the 10-year constraints of the budget reconciliation process and authorization of benefits, there will likely be a small universe of claims that outlast the 10-year period that will need to be addressed in the future. It is also important to note that the language does not apply to teleworkers.

“Inclusion of these two key provisions for letter carriers marks a significant victory in recognizing and supporting letter carriers, who are on the front lines of the pandemic,” said NALC President Rolando.

In addition to these key victories, the $1.9 trillion Senate-passed measure included House-passed provisions with a few modifications:

  • Provides $1,400 direct payments to individuals and $2,800 for joint filers with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less, with a phase out at $80,000 with an extra $1,400 for each child.
  • Expands child-tax credits for children under 17 up to $2,000, and provides $3,000 dependent care tax credits for kids between the ages of 6 and 16 and $3,600 for children under age 6.
  • To supplement any state unemployment benefits, provides an additional $300 in weekly federal unemployment benefits through Sept. 6, 2021—a reduction from the weekly $400 federal supplemental benefits passed by the House through August 29.
  • Provides 100 percent COBRA subsidy for Americans who lose health insurance coverage after losing their jobs—up from 85 percent passed by the House.
  • Funding to stabilize multi-employer pension plans through 2050 and to protect earned retirement benefits for a million workers whose pensions have been on the brink of collapse due to shortfalls in the federal pension insurance system.
  • Provides $200 million for Department of Labor workplace safety protections.
  • Funding for state and local governments for vaccines, testing, schools, transit/rail/aviation, restaurants, small businesses, food and nutrition benefits, housing, and expanded Medicare programs.

Unfortunately, the Senate measure did not include an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour that was included in the House-passed legislation. The Senate parliamentarian ruled that its inclusion would violate the rules of reconciliation.

Due to the differences between the House and Senate-passed measures, the relief package will go back to the House for a vote this week. NALC will keep letter carriers posted on the final package.