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Postal Service starts negotiations with another union

By Ed O'Keefe

The U.S. Postal Service launched negotiations with the American Postal Workers Union, its largest union, 10 days ago and today marks the start of talks with the third biggest group of workers, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.

APWU represents about 213,000 postal workers while NRLCA represents about 67,000 career employees and 48,000 non-career employees who substitute for career employees on their days off.

As colleague Lisa Rein and I reported on Sept. 2, the mail agency is seeking cost cuts from the unions that could help reshape the nation's mail-delivery system.

USPS is hoping to pare its full-time workforce and expand the use of part-timers while also earning concessions on wages, health benefits and working conditions. All this as letter carriers deliver 20 percent fewer letters and packages since 2007.

Negotiations should continue for at least six months, according to USPS officials.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 13, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Postal Service workers - the "cushiest" job in the USA.

Next is state government.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | September 13, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

USPS is considering using MORE part-timers!? That means my mail won't be correctly delivered, when it comes it will arrive after dark, if at all, and I won't have a regular carrier who knows me and my mail. I have had nothing but horrible delivery service at my current zip code - 20747 - than I have had at any other address. It doesn't matter how many times I complain, my delivery is still awful. Late mail, no mail, wrong mail, wet mail when it's raining, etc. And now it's going to get even worse?! No wonder they're losing business.

Posted by: fastskinnydogs | September 14, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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