Contract update: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen announced Monday that he has appointed attorney Joshua Javits as mediator to assist NALC and USPS in reaching a new collective-bargaining agreement. An impasse was declared after USPS declined on Jan. 20 to extend talks toward a contract. Once mediation begins, the NALC and USPS will have 60 days to reach an agreement. If they fail to do so, the issues will then be submitted for final and binding resolution before an interest arbitration panel, which under law must consider all the evidence presented by both parties. Click here to find out more about the mediation process.