For anyone who’s wondering, the U.S. Postal Service and its largest union are still talking.
“We are pursuing our goals,” American Postal Workers Union President Cliff Guffey said in a contract negotiations update posted Thursday on the union’s web. Besides seeking job security, Guffey said, “we want to lessen the disruption our members suffer as a result of excessing.” Also under discussion are wages, benefits and “work structure” issues. A Postal Service spokesman confirmed Friday that negotiations are still under way, but had no other comment.
The APWU’s four-year contract with the Postal Service expired Nov. 20, but its terms remain in effect. The APWU represents some 209,000 clerks, mechanics and other workers.
An impasse has been declared between the USPS and another union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, whose contract also expired Nov. 20. The NRLCA represents about 115,000 career and non-career employees.
The Postal Service’s contracts with two other unions, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, expire next November.