Postal Service, union to keep talking until Dec. 1
The U.S. Postal Service will continue negotiating with one of its largest unions about a new multi-year contract until Dec. 1, officials said Tuesday.
A Postal Service spokesman and officials with the American Postal Workers Union confirmed that the talks will continue, but declined to provide details. A four-year contract between USPS and APWU expired Saturday, but both sides agreed to keep negotiating.
A separate deal with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association ended in an impasse and is expected to be considered soon by a third-party arbitrator.
APWU represents 220,000 postal clerks, mechanics, drivers, custodians and some administrative workers.
The Postal Service is seeking greater concessions from both unions on wages, health benefits and working conditions after suffering $8.5 billion in losses during the fiscal year that ended in September. The Postal Service can no longer guarantee eight-hour shifts for clerks, mail handlers and other workers, officials said when negotiations began in September.
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| November 23, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
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