Friday, March 23, 2012

USPS Mail Handler Union Contract Bargaining Moves To Mediation

Bargaining Moves To Mediation

"... The mediation will continue for at least sixty days, unless the parties agree otherwise, either because they have reached a tentative agreement or because they and the mediator believe that an extension of the mediation process would be appropriate. Thereafter, if the bargaining dispute is still ongoing, the parties will adopt further dispute resolution procedures, to include binding interest arbitration.

Importantly, the mediator does not have the power to issue binding settlements or resolutions, and thus cannot compel the parties to reach an agreement. Rather, the mediator serves as a facilitator of discussions, making suggestions to the parties in an effort to keep the dialogue and process of negotiations moving forward. ..."   


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