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Letter Carriers across the U.S.A. are beginning to grumble about the lack of a new contract. A new contract is currently being negotiated between the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The last contract expired almost a year ago on May 20th, 2016. The length of time, without the contract going to arbitration, is unusual. PostalMag.com is seeing an upsurge in letter carriers inquiring about the new contract. Carriers are concerned about missing out on wage increases and cost-of-living allowances.
PostalMag.com talked with a NALC official in early February 2017 who believed the contract should be ready in about six weeks and that it would be similar to the recent Mail Handlers contract (or a little better). That conversation was seven weeks ago. For reference, here are the details of the Mail Handlers contract:
All career Mail Handlers will receive three general wage increases during the term:
– the first, retroactively effective to November 26, 2016, will be 1.2%
– the second, effective on November 25, 2017, will be 1.3%
– the third, effective on November 24, 2018, will be 1.3%
In addition, the contract also contains seven cost-of-living adjustments. Mail Handlers have already received two COLAs, $21 for September 2016 (retroactive) and $333 for the second COLA effective March 4, 2017.
PostalMag.com will continue to keep you updated about the upcoming contract.