The U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union have agreed to keep negotiating until Dec. 1, following the expiration of an earlier extension of contract talks at noon today, USPS spokesman Mark Saunders said this afternoon.
In a release posted soon after on the union’s web site, APWU President Cliff Guffey confirmed the extension and said that bargaining would resume Monday. The union remains hopeful that a settlement can be reached, he reiterated.
The union’s contract had originally been set to expire at midnight Saturday, but both sides had agreed to the initial Tuesday extension.
An impasse has been declared in the Postal Service’s talks with another of its four unions, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, meaning that an arbitration panel could ultimately decide the terms of that new contract.