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Postal workers stay on job without new contract

Postal employees worked without a contract Saturday, after talks between the US Postal Service and four unions representing 600,000 workers reached an impasse. The old labor agreements expired Friday night.

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Federal law forbids strikes against the Postal Service, which is pressing for a three-year wage freeze. The breakdown of negotiations triggered a fact-finding period that could lead to binding arbitration. It may not be resolved before Dec. 10, said Postmaster General William F. Bolger.

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