“Today, I am pleased to announce that NALC and the United States Postal Service have reached a provisional agreement on a new national contract, which we have been working on continuously for the past 17 months. As I have pointed out on several occasions, the NALC has taken a two-pronged approach to reaching a new national agreement, with ongoing negotiations and the presentation of the best possible case for our interest arbitration proposals. I am proud of the case and the evidence we have gathered in the interest rate arbitration proceedings, but I am all the more pleased that the factors can now decide, in a ratification vote according to the procedure set out in the NALC Constitution, whether or not to accept this provisional agreement. We have summarized the main features of the contract in the NALC newsletter, which is sent to stations and offices throughout the country. Full details of the preliminary agreement, as well as planned salary scales, other contractual changes and information on new and new Declarations of Intent (MOUs) will be featured in the December issue of The Postal Record. They will also be distributed in the coming days via the union`s electronic platforms. The NALC Executive Council unanimously recommends the adoption of the provisional agreement. I would like to thank all the officers and collaborators who worked so hard to reach this proposed national agreement. We will move on to a choice of ratification. However, given the persistence of the pandemic, we will have to manage the elections a little differently than what has happened in the past. In the coming days and weeks, we will organize a virtual national rap session (by video) and develop mechanisms for an electoral committee to organize the ratification vote in the safest way possible. In the coming days and weeks, we will use all our communication channels to inform members when developing details.
In the meantime, the interest rate arbitration procedure has been suspended until the result of the vote on the ratification of accession. The 2019 National Agreement will last 44 months and cover the period from 20 September 2019 to 20 May 2023. The agreement provides for four annual general salary increases and seven cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). In addition, with effect from November 19, 2022, a new higher level (Stage P) will be added to the salary scales for career letter holders, which will be $444 per year higher than Stage O. The agreement also provides for the automatic conversion of City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) to career status at the latest after 24 months of relative position offering non-career carriers full secondary services and safety. . . .