A New Year's Resolution
12/23/2014 - On behalf of the union officers of the Northeast region, I wish you a happy New Year, filled with peace and fulfillment.
Our current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on May 20, 2015, and in recent months we have been busy preparing for negotiations for the next contract. Negotiations have been difficult since the inception of collective bargaining between the USPS and its postal unions in 1971.
This year, the committee includes several outstanding representatives from the Northeast Region. I know them personally and can assure you that they have the best interests of our members at heart. I’m confident they will perform their work above and beyond the call of duty. Serving on the committee from the Northeast Region are: Bob Johnson, president, Greater CT Area Local; Jonathan Smith, president, New York Metro Area Postal Union; Ron Suslak, president, Queens NY Area Local, and Bill Weaver, Motor Vehicle Craft president, Boston MA Metro Area Local.
If the parties fail to reach agreement on a new contract the Postal Reorganization Act provides a process to resolve the dispute in “interest arbitration.” The award of the arbitrator is binding on the parties.