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USPS, APWU arbitration concludes

The Postal Service’s new contract with the American Postal Workers Union covers 200,000 employees.

The interest arbitration panel chaired by Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg has notified the Postal Service that it has reached a decision and an award.

The award is intended to resolve the differences between USPS and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) that resulted from an inability to reach a negotiated collective bargaining agreement after the prior agreement expired Sept. 20, 2018.

The award, which was the result of a legally mandated binding arbitration process that occurred when the Postal Service and APWU reached a collective bargaining impasse, has resulted in a contract covering approximately 200,000 employees in the clerk, motor vehicle and maintenance crafts.

The contract is effective March 10.

The Postal Service is evaluating the award.

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