USPS to extend negotiations with two postal unions

The U.S. Postal Service announced that it has come to agreement with two postal unions to extend negotiations on new collective bargaining agreements.

USPS said that in two separate negotiations with labor organizations—one with the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the other with the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO—the parties have agreed to extend contract negotiations.

The Postal Service’s contract with each labor group expired at midnight on Friday, May 20.

NALC represents about 210,000 city letter carriers, and NPMHU represents approximately 44,000 postal employees.

“While significant progress has been achieved, the parties have nevertheless been unable to finalize a full and complete successor contract,” NPMHU said in a web notice. “The parties have therefore agreed to extend bargaining over several key issues, with the hope of eventually reaching a full agreement.”

NALC expressed similar hopes in a progress report on its website

“Although we cannot say definitively that we will be able to reach an agreement without resorting to the law’s mediation and interest arbitration procedures, there has been tangible progress and both sides remain committed to attempting to reach a mutually acceptable tentative agreement,” NALC said.

According to NALC, the terms and conditions of its 2011-2016 contract will remain in effect during the extended period of negotiations.

Reader comments

Tue, May 24, 2016

They better hope the current agreement is readopted for five more years. USPS cannot afford to keep losing money while paying what is currently being paid.

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