The Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) have agreed to extend contraction negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, USPS announced May 21.
Although the contract with APWU expired at midnight May 20, the Postal Service and APWU mutually decided to extend the negotiations deadline by one week to May 27.
APWU represents more than 196,000 employees who work as retail associates, mechanics, vehicle drivers, custodians and some administrative positions.
USPS also announced that negotiations on a new labor contract with the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) came to an impasse May 20.
The parties will continue to follow the current agreement until a new contract is reached through the dispute resolution process.
NRLCA represents more than 116,000 employees who deliver mail primarily in rural and suburban areas.