Postal Service, unions to continue negotiating into January

Labor contract negotiations between the Postal Service and it two major unions have been extended until Jan. 20, 2012, according to a USPS press release.

The Postal Service’s contracts with National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO (NALC) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO (NPMHU) expired at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 20, but the parties agreed to extend talks into the new year.

The NALC represents 195,000-plus employees who serve as letter carriers in mostly urban areas. The NPMHU is the representative of more than 46,000 employees at post offices and mail processing plants.

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If negotiations break down, a third party would set the work rules and contract terms for the unions’ employees.


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