Two contracts covering more than 250,000 U.S. Postal Service employees expired on Friday, with parties unable to agree on provisions such as pay rates and layoff protections.
USPS and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union have agreed to extend talks, though the union said the number of tentative agreements the two sides have so far reached is “relatively limited.” The National Association of Letter Carriers, meanwhile, declared an impasse in its talks. The union and the Postal Service will go to mediation, but appear headed for arbitration in 60 days. The two sides will use the mediation process to continue talks, as well as agree to the arbitrators who will issue a binding decision if they fail to strike an agreement.