GSA Per Diem Rate Now Covers Daily Cost at NCED Eatery Effective March 15, 2024.

Idowu Balogun

May 14, 2024

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The General Services Administration Per Diem Rate of $59 Now Covers Daily Cost of Meals at National Center for Employee Development’s “3 Squares Eatery,” Effective March 15, 2024.

It is with great pleasure that we bring you this information. Maintenance Division leadership has been in extensive communications with postal management to encourage the hotel at the National Center for Employee Development (NCED) to match the General Services Administration (GSA) per diem rate of $59 to cover daily meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the “3 Squares Eatery.” After many months of discourse, we were finally able to come to an agreement.

“It took two years of negotiation to get this accomplished,” stated Maintenance Division Director Idowu Balogun. “It is about time for the NCED to stop driving our students away from the restaurant by their pricing.”

Meals Current 3 Squares Discount Discount % Postal Learner Discount 3 Squares Price
Breakfast $16.00 $ (1.00) 6% $15.00
Lunch $20.00 $ (2.00) 10% $18.00
Dinner $26.00 $ - 0% $26.00
Total $62.00 $ (3.00) 4% $59.00

The per diem was negotiated and returned to the craft in the 2022 USPS/APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement. Sadly, the Postal Service and Aramark refused to adjust the total cost of daily meals to match the total daily per diem amount received by students. Representatives from APWU National Headquarters immediately began discussions to demand that the meal costs be reduced. This is a great step forward for students.

Compliments of Idowu Balogun, Director. Assistants’ Director Terry B. Martinez and Jason Treier



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