“Today, I am pleased to announce that NALC and the U.S. Postal Service have reached an interim agreement on a new national contract, a goal we have been working on continuously over the past 17 months. As I have pointed out on several occasions, NALC has taken a two-tiered approach to reaching a new national agreement, with negotiations underway and the presentation of the best possible case for our proposals in derinseschied. I am proud of the case and the evidence we have accumulated in the interest of arbitration, but I am all the more pleased that the factors can now decide whether or not to accept this provisional agreement in a ratification vote in accordance with the procedure described in the NALC Constitution. As explained in Chapter 3, two interim alternating route adjustment processes were negotiated with the NALC due to the dramatic drop in mail volume. As part of the revised agreement, all line evaluation and adjustment decisions were made jointly by NALC teams and postal representatives after verification of selected data and data provided by the regular carrier. These processes have eliminated 10,119 urban transportation routes, and if route adjustments are added outside of this process, about 11,000 urban roads have been eliminated this year. There are nine collective agreements with seven unions, which include about 550,000 professional employees. Negotiations with unions include wages, numerous benefits and conditions of employment. There are currently negotiated agreements with the nine bargaining units.
The most recent agreement was prompted by the issuance in April 2009 of a decision on interest rates for postal nurses, represented by the National Postal Professional Nurses, linked to the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU). Collective bargaining with two of the four main postal unions, the APWU and the National Rural Letter Carriers` Association (NRLCA), will begin in 2010. The Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) continued joint training and support for dispute resolution procedures by training 80 postal and NALC representatives to resolve and resolve disputes in the field. Training has made a decisive contribution to reducing conflict and improving relations. The Postal Service and NALC have also jointly developed a widely implemented intervention process to identify and resolve dispute cases at the lowest possible level and to help build more cooperative and productive relationships in the field of labour management.