USPS New Contract Back Pay for APWU: What You Need to Know
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) has reached a new collective bargaining agreement with the United States Postal Service (USPS). This new contract will bring changes to pay rates and working conditions for thousands of postal workers across the country. One important aspect of this new contract is the issue of back pay, which has been a long-standing concern for APWU members.
So, what is back pay, and why is it important?
Back pay refers to the amount of money an employee is owed for work they have already completed but were not compensated for at the correct rate or in a timely manner. In the case of APWU members, this means they were not being paid in accordance with their previous contract agreement, and the new contract will require USPS to pay the difference between what was owed and what was actually paid.
This is a significant issue for APWU members, who have been fighting for back pay for several years. According to the APWU, the union filed a lawsuit against the USPS in 2017 to address the issue of unpaid overtime, which was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The lawsuit resulted in a ruling that the USPS must pay back all owed overtime to eligible employees.
Now, with the new contract in place, the issue of back pay is being addressed once again. The APWU has announced that USPS employees will receive retroactive pay dating back to November 14, 2020, the date the new contract was agreed upon. This retroactive pay will cover the time period from November 14, 2020, to the implementation of the new contract, and will include any adjustments to pay rates and benefits.
It is important to note that not all USPS employees will be eligible for back pay. The retroactive pay will only apply to APWU-represented employees who were working during the time period covered by the new contract and who are still employed by the USPS. Additionally, employees who have retired or resigned from the USPS will not be eligible for back pay.
In conclusion, the issue of back pay has been a long-standing concern for APWU members, and the new collective bargaining agreement with USPS will finally provide relief for those who have been waiting for years to receive what they are owed. If you are an APWU-represented employee, be sure to check with your union representative to find out if you are eligible for retroactive pay.