The US Postal Service Begins Labor Contract Negotiations

First of Four Unions Begin Negotiations

The U.S. Postal Service begins contract negotiations today with the largest of its four unions, the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU).

The APWU represents employees who work as clerks, mechanics, vehicle drivers, custodians and some administrative positions. The current contract expires midnight, Nov. 20.

"We have worked successfully with our unions in the past to help transform the Postal Service and we hope to maintain this momentum during these negotiations," said Anthony Vegliante, Chief Human Resources Officer and executive vice president. "Our goal is to negotiate a contract that's fair to our customers, fair to our employees and meets our financial and operational needs."

Three other unions represent most other postal employees. Employees represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO (NALC) deliver in metropolitan areas; National Rural Letter Carriers' Association (NRLCA) employees deliver primarily in rural and suburban areas; and, employees represented by the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO (NPMHU) work in mail processing plants and Post Offices.

Union Employees Contract Expiration APWU 211,000 midnight, Nov. 20, 2010 NALC 207,000 midnight, Nov. 20, 2011 NRLCA 67,000 career 48,000 non-career midnight, Nov. 20, 2010 NPMHU 49,000 midnight, Nov. 20, 2011

Contract negotiations for the NRLCA begin September 13. The NALC and NPMHU begin negotiations next year approximately 90-days prior to the contract expiration date.

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