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USPS –APWU Arbitration Decision Puts Moratorium on Plant Consolidations and Outsourcing Retail
APWU members will be interested in the entire contract, with its provisions on wages, hours, and conditions of employment, but there are also two sections in the decision that directly affect postal customers.  One provision puts a one-year moratorium on creating new private retail outlets for postal services, and the other section prevents the Postal Service from closing more processing plants until April 2017, which should help with delivery-time performance.

New 40-Month Contract Gives Nearly 200,000 USPS Employees 3.8 Percent Raise
A union representing 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees reached a new, 40-month contract with the agency through an arbitrator on Friday, with covered career workers winning a 3.8 percent pay increase over the course of the agreement.

APWU Announces New Labor Agreement
Dimondstein said the arbitration also has resulted in a temporary moratorium on new plant closings and consolidations, and “laid the basis for better protecting retail services and for expanding postal services.”