American Postal Workers Union members ratified a one-year extension of their collective bargaining agreement by a vote of 69,763 to 9,201, in balloting that ended Aug. 5.
In June, the U.S. Postal Service and union reached a tentative deal on a one-year extension.
The agreement affects about 287,000 postal employees represented by the APWU. The extension covers Nov. 20, 2005, to Nov. 20, 2006. It provides for a 1.6 percent wage increase effective March 18, 2006, and continues the cost-of-living allowance.
“The members have spoken, and I am gratified by their decision,” APWU president William Burrus said. “I believe APWU members considered the possibilities inherent in full-scale negotiations and compared that with the certainty of achieving objectives through a one-year extension.”
APWU's Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee voted in July to approve a tentative contract extension, clearing the way for a ratification vote by union members.
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