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Labor deal ratified

Postal delivery vehicle on country road

The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) membership has ratified a new three-year labor contract with the Postal Service.

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.

HQ jobs

The Postal Service will host a career conference this month to allow employees to learn about job opportunities at USPS headquarters and in the field.

The conference, the first of its kind, will be held from Saturday, Aug. 17-Sunday, Aug. 18, at the National Center for Employee Development in Norman, OK.

The two-day meeting is open to all employees and will include networking events with senior leaders from Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DC, as well as Southern Area and Western Area executives.

The conference also will feature workshops, presentations and an optional “lunch with leadership” program.

Employees can register online to sign up for workshop sessions and reserve hotel rooms. The cost to attend the conference is $35, while lodging is available for $69 per night. Employees are responsible for their own registration and travel costs.

USPS will host a second career conference to highlight headquarters and field jobs from Friday, Sept. 27-Saturday, Sept. 28, at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. Conference registration is open online.

Conferences like these are part of the Postal Service’s broader efforts to engage, equip and empower workers, a core strategy.

The Career Conference Blue page has additional information about these conferences and others.

Pledging allegiance

Inderpreet “Indy” Gill recently recited a long-awaited oath to fulfill her dream of U.S. citizenship.

The Albany, NY, retail associate became a citizen in the spring after leaving her home in India several years ago to start a new life.

“I wanted to jump up and down,” Gill said of becoming a citizen.

The freedom of working and living in the United States gave Gill “a sense of belonging,” she said, adding that she’s grateful that her two children were able to receive American college educations.

Gill began the immigration application and interview process last fall, then took part in the citizenship ceremony in May.

One of her customers happened to be in the building where the ceremony took place and decided to stay after learning Gill was about to take her oath.

Gill’s colleagues are also happy for her.

“She has worked toward citizenship for a number of years and is very excited to be able to begin processing passports,” said Albany Development and Diversity Training Technician Cathy Williams.

Though Gill has realized her citizenship dream, she’s very grateful for the opportunity to work for the Postal Service.

“It’s my dream come true,” she said.