Postal Union Negotiations Begin Again
The discussion focused on key differences, and another round of negotiations -- on economic and related issues -- was scheduled to begin today. Meanwhile, ratification ballots of the tentative agreement between the USPS and its largest union, the American Postal Workers Union, were due Jan. 8.
The APWU's contract includes a 6.75 percent wage increase over two years and an 18-month ban on contracting out postal jobs to private companies. The USPS also agreed to pay 85 percent of the health benefit premium for members .
If the APWU membership rejects the contract, the issue will have to be submitted to binding arbitration.