The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) recently announced a change in its contract schedule that affects postal workers across the country. The change involves the creation of a new category of employees known as “Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) employees” who will work 40 hours per week but will have a flexible schedule.
This change comes after the APWU and the United States Postal Service (USPS) negotiated a new contract that was ratified in early 2020. The new contract includes several provisions that affect the work schedules of postal workers.
One of the most significant changes is the creation of the NTFT category. These employees will work 40 hours per week but will not be required to work a set schedule. Instead, they will have a flexible schedule that can vary from week to week. This will allow the USPS to better match the workload with the workforce and provide more efficient and effective service to its customers.
The new schedule will provide a great deal of flexibility to employees who are looking for a better work-life balance. With the ability to set their own schedules, NTFT employees will be able to better manage their personal and family responsibilities.
In addition, the new contract also includes provisions for improved pay and benefits for postal workers. This includes a 1.3% increase in wages over the life of the contract, as well as improved healthcare benefits and retirement benefits.
Overall, the APWU contract change of schedule is a positive development for postal workers and the USPS. The creation of the NTFT category will provide greater flexibility and work-life balance for employees while also allowing the USPS to better serve its customers. With improved pay and benefits, postal workers can continue to provide the vital services that communities across the country rely on every day.