USPS: A look at postal labor unions

Around 52,000 employees are represented by the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, one of eight bargaining units at the Postal Service.

August 30, 2023
More than 585,000 Postal Service employees — or about 91 percent of the organization’s total workforce — are members of a bargaining unit.

To help mark Labor Day, here’s a look at the eight bargaining units represented in USPS and the approximate number of employees they cover:

• National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC): 207,000

• National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU): 52,000

• National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA): 131,000

• Postal Police Officers Association (PPOA): 370

• American Postal Workers Union (APWU): 195,000

• National Postal Professional Nurses: 50

Additionally, these bargaining units fall under the purview of the APWU, with separate national agreements:

• Information Technology/Accounting Services: 1,000

• Human Resources Shared Service Center: 300

The Labor Relations Blue page has more information.

Source: USPS

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