Tentative Agreement Summary

Terms of the 2021-2024 Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement

  • Three-year contract: September 21, 2021 through September 20, 2024
  • General Annual Wage Increases and Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)
    • 1.3% November 20, 2021 (Will be Retroactive)
    • 1.3% November 19, 2022
    • 1.3% November 18, 2023
    • Six (6) Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) for career employees (March and September of each year) with no change to the current formula based on the July 2021 CPI-W. (After the fourth month of the six-month measuring period, the COLA increase is at $0.39 per hour and will be based on the January 2022 CPI-W Index)
    • PSEs receive the general wage increases and an additional 1% increase each year in lieu of COLA (i.e. 2.3% each November)
    • $0.50/hour additional increase for PSEs effective the first pay period of the second full month after the Agreement is ratified
  • Job Security
    • No Lay-off protections for career employees with six years of service remain in full-force and effect.
    • Any current career employee on the rolls as of September 20, 2021, with less than six years of service will be included in the no lay-off protections for the life of the National Agreement, providing an additional 72,000 career employees protection from lay-offs.
    • 50-mile limit on excessing of employees
    • The current moratorium on subcontracting of Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work will continue in its present form during life of the Agreement
  • Holiday Pay
    • Juneteenth added to the holidays for career employees for a total of 11 paid holidays per year
    • PTF pay rate will be increased to reflect a total of 11 holidays each year, increase will be effective on January 1, 2022
  • Health Insurance
    • No change to the Postal Service contribution to premiums for those participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
    • 95% Postal Service contribution to premiums of the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP)
    • PSEs converted to career will receive credit for time they were enrolled in a FEHBP plan towards the 1-year qualifying period for the 95% Postal Service contribution to CDHP premiums
  • Enhanced Level 8 & 11 Pay Scales
    • Grade 8 Pay Scale:
      • Bottom Steps FF-AA eliminated with Step A becoming the first Step.
      • New top Step P added
      • Employees currently in Grade 8 will move into new steps while retaining all credit toward next step
        • Steps FF-BB moved to Step A
        • Step AA moved to Step B
        • Steps B-O moved up one Step
    • Grade 11 Pay Scale increased by an average of 2.3% prior to any general increases or COLAs
  • Part-Time Flexible (PTF) Work Rules
    • Schedule guarantee of 24-hour per pay period, increased from 2 hours a pay period
    • Guaranteed at least four hours of work or pay when scheduled
    • Forty (40) hours of annual leave will be advanced at the start of each leave year for immediate use
    • Guaranteed a minimum of one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during the peak season exception period with notice Wednesday the week prior
    • Within 90-days of ratification a One-time Voluntary Transfer Opportunity to residual full time regular vacancies in larger offices within a district.
  • Automatic Conversion of PSEs in Level 20 offices and above
    • PSEs will be converted to career status upon reaching 24-months of relative standing
      • Clerk PSEs assigned to offices Grade 21 or higher will be converted to Full-Time Flexible with such assignments made in accordance with the Clerk Craft provisions of Art. 37.4
      • Clerk PSEs assigned to Grade 20 offices will be converted to Part-Time Flexible
      • MVS PSEs assigned in any size office will be converted to Part-Time Flexible
      • PSEs converted under this provision start at a new Step GG in Grades 5-7 and Step A in Grade 8.
      • Automatic Conversion does not apply to PSEs assigned to Grade-4 RMPOs
  • Other PSE Provisions
    • Forty (40) hours of advanced annual leave upon completion of an initial 360-day PSE appointment in Level 20 offices and above.
    • PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs receive an additional one (1) hour of paid annual leave per pay period upon completion of two (2) 360-day appointments
    • PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs upon completion of two 360-day appointments will receive 40 hours of advance leave.
    • PSEs will be offered one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during peak season with notice the Wednesday the week prior.
  • PSE Staffing
    • The 12 PSEs per District assigned to Level 4 RMPOs will no longer count against the 20% District cap
    • 10 PSEs in the 46 Package Support Annexes (PSAs) will not count against the District cap (for a total maximum of 460 PSEs) and will be allowed to work in any facility in the installation the PSA is attached to
    • A four (4) weeks “ramp-up” period prior to the start of accounting period 3, the 20% PSE District cap will be temporarily increased by 1% per week equating to no more than a 4% increase.
  • Uniform/Work Clothes Program Allowances
    • 2.5% increase to the uniform/work clothes allowances in 2022, 2023, and 2024
    • Delivery/Sales Service Distribution Associate (DSSDA) will receive Type 1 uniform allowance
    • New “Rollover” program where unused funds can carry over to a successor allowance year
  • Additional Work Rule Improvements

Remote Encoding Center staffing ratio changed to 62% Full-time Regular and 38% PSE and all career duty assignments are Full-time Regular.

90-day waiting period to use annual leave eliminated for new career employees with 90-days continuous service prior to their conversion.

Updated the Deaf and Hard of Hearing MOU

Work Environment Improvement Task Force

Work Place Free of Harassment

Enhanced and Expanded Services

Environmental/Sustainability issues, EAP, and Child and Elder care, included in the jurisdiction of the National Labor Management Committee

District Safety Committees made permanent

Right of Union Officials to Enter Postal Installations

Regional Safety and Health Representative Training Opportunities

Repromotion MOU

Article 8 Task Force to address excessive overtime, particularly in relation to non-list employees

Election Mail Task Force MOU

Full per diem for employees traveling to NCED

  • Additional Clerk Craft Provisions
    • Window training starts within 10-days after posting of the senior bidder
    • Updated NTFT duty assignments language
    • Pilot program to test new pecking order for the assignment of PTF Hub Clerks
    • Filling of Residual Vacancy MOU updated

Additional Motor Vehicle Service Craft Provisions

PTFs identified for conversion to FTR converted within 28-days

APWU will have opportunity to submit recommendations on new vehicles prior to specifications being sent to contractors and before manufacturing and completion of new vehicles

National committee established to address training initiative and opportunities

HCR limitation on Subcontracting MOU remains in full force and effect.

Additional Maintenance Craft Provisions

No additional custodial staffing packages will change from MS-47 TL-3 to TL-5 for life of the contract

Change the calculation method of PS Form 4852 for Juneteenth Holiday

Annual cap on the number of times an employee can be involuntarily assigned to off-site training courses

Career employee may request to be tested for maintenance craft positions and if rated eligible may request placement on the appropriate in-service register.

Updates to the posting of relief assignments in the craft

Agreement to consolidate and upgrade multiple legacy jobs.

Employees traveling to NCED for training receive full per diem for length of stay

Additional Support Services Craft Provisions

In Material Distribution Centers Maintenance Mechanic General Grade 7 eliminated and Building Equipment Mechanic Grade 9 added.

Penalty Overtime provisions applied to Operating Service employees

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