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Postal Service, APWU Have New 40-Month Contract
About 200,000 postal workers represented by the American Postal Workers Union have a new 40-month labor contract after an arbitrator settled an impasse between the union and the U.S. Postal Service. Gains in the new contract include the conversion of noncareer employees in the maintenance and motor vehicle crafts to career status; protections against layoffs for all career employees on the rolls as of July 8; new subcontracting limits; and a temporary moratorium until at least April 2017 on new plant closings and consolidations, the APWU said in a July 8 posting on its website.