Postal Service, unions to continue negotiating into January

Monday - 12/19/2011, 7:04am EST

Labor contract negotiations between the Postal Service and it two major unions have been extended until Jan. 20, 2012, according to a USPS press release.

The Postal Service's contracts with National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO (NALC) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO (NPMHU) expired at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 20, but the parties agreed to extend talks into the new year.

The NALC represents 195,000-plus employees who serve as letter carriers in mostly urban areas. The NPMHU is the representative of more than 46,000 employees at post offices and mail processing plants.

If negotiations break down, a third party would set the work rules and contract terms for the unions' employees.

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