Postal Service starts negotiations with another union
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.
| September 13, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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