The contract covers approximately 131,000 employees represented by the union.
Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, a reduction in the employer share of health premiums, additional operational flexibility to use rural carrier associates, and enhanced health benefits for eligible non-career rural carrier employees.
In addition, the agreement includes a comprehensive memo of understanding on the implementation of a rural carrier standards study.
“Overall, this contract results in continued restraint of rural carrier labor costs while giving the parties the opportunity to focus on implementing new engineered work standards for rural carrier employees,” said Labor Relations Vice President Doug Tulino.
The new agreement runs through May 20, 2021.