Postal Workers

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NPR's Emily Harris reports that Postal Service unions and management both are using the anthrax scare to bolster their contract bargaining positions. Contracts for hundreds of thousands of postal workers across the country have expired. Union negotiators argue that their members deserve better wages and health care coverage because of the danger of anthrax exposure. Management says it can't afford the raises because mail volume is down and costs are up due to testing for anthrax and installing new sanitation equipment.



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