Arbitrator Das and the members of the arbitration panel have issued the final award setting wages and conditions of employment for the NALC. Congratulations are in order to the officers of NALC for waging the fight and not being satisfied with excuses for destroying postal employment. As I have opined, the results of the arbitration is not as important as the willingness of the officers to fight for what they believe in. One union consciously negotiated terms and conditions that will subtract $500,000 from the wages and annuities of each future APWU represented employee, as opposed to the other union that determined to fight.
Notwithstanding, the propaganda and the apologist there is no justification for the negative changes made for future employees. All of the excuses have been exposed as gross bad judgment agreed to by incompetence and a lack of appreciation of the role of a labor union. How can they now look in the eyes of future employees and explain the justification for reducing salaries by 25%, limiting step increases at Step K, increasing the non-career workforce, changing full time to 30 hours, permitting supervisors to perform bargaining unit work, extending the right to revert vacant assignments, freezing salaries and increasing the employee share for health insurance.
Most importantly, how can they justify refusing to fight. This will be recorded as a dark day for all APWU represented employees who were abandoned by their leaders.
Parity between letter carriers and APWU represented employees has been fractured forever and the cruel response to challenges to the decision can now be converted from “if the new employees desire better jobs, they can seek other employment” to “they can become letter carriers.”