Private-Sector Workers

In April, 1999, APWU President Moe Biller established the APWU National Organizing Committee to better respond to the union's convention mandates.

The committee's creation followed the union's first successful private-sector organizing campaign at East Coast Leasing in Greensboro, NC.

On April 15, 1999, The National Organizing Committee adopted a strategic plan to organize postal workers in various sectors within the privatized postal industry, including: pre-sort houses, call centers, information service centers, mail-haul trucking, and mail-transport equipment service centers. The plan includes organizer training and guidelines for evaluating organizing opportunities.

The Committee placed special emphasis on merging the APWU's internal organizing efforts with the new private-sector (external) organizing campaign. The committee held a National Organizing Conference in Denver, CO, to provide the direction for the synthesis of these organizing efforts.

At the Denver conference (November 1999), more than 200 APWU local officers and members joined national union leaders and organizing professionals from other AFL-CIO unions and the federation itself to map out the union's organizing strategy.

The APWU leaders in attendance in Denver gave their unanimous and enthusiastic support of the union's bold new emphasis on organizing workers in the private-sector postal industry. APWU national conventions in 2000 and 2002 voted to extend financial support to the effort.

Service Contract Act

The Service Contract Act [Overview | Statute] requires contractors and subcontractors of the federal government to observe minimum wage standards; meet safety and health requirements, and maintain certain records. The law applies to contracts entered into by the Postal Service, and affects APWU-represented employees in the mail hauling industry and at Mail Transportation & Equipment Service Centers (MTESCs).

News: Private-Sector Workers

APWU Web News Article 28-2019

Salmon Co. Drivers in El Paso, TX Unanimously Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement

04/22/2019 - Drivers from the newly unionized Salmon Co. in El Paso, TX unanimously ratified the terms of their first Collective Bargaining Agreement. These APWU new members received most of the terms of the negotiated Salmon contract for the Dallas Area Local.

Due to the organizing efforts and continued support of Texoma Local representatives Sonny Castleman and Michael Robinson, the members now have bargaining rights and proper representation. These members are happy to now deal with the company on an even playing field. 100 percent of the membership voted to ratify the terms.

Contract News

03/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks 

The year 2017 was busy with contract negotiations for the Support Services Division. We negotiated and ratified three separate Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs). Our postal unit, Information Technology/Accounting Services, and two private sector units – Salmon Companies and a Mail Transport Equipment Service Center in Urbandale, IA – were all completed within the year.

Contracts Ratified

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks 

The Support Services Division ratified two of its tentative agreements in August. First, the Information Technology & Accounting Services (IT/AS) agreement, which had a 77 percent approval, and then the private-sector mail-haulers contract with Salmon Companies, with a 75 percent approval.

APWU Web News Article 85-2017

Salmon Mail Haul Drivers Ratify Contract

09/12/2017 - Recently, APWU members employed by Salmon Companies voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the company. Salmon Companies is the largest ground transportation supplier to the United States Postal Service (USPS). Truck drivers for the private-sector company are part of the Support Services Division. The contract covers locals from Dallas, TX; Shreveport, LA; Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN. The new CBA was ratified by over 75% of voting members.

‘Unprecedented’ Contracts

05/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks

Negotiations with Pacific Architects and Engineering, Inc. (PAE) for our Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) were successfully completed with the membership’s unanimous ratification of the tentative agreement. The parties agreed to terms including a grievance process with just cause provisions. We were also able to achieve a “no lay-off” clause as well as a guaranteed floor in regards to a minimum number of full-time positions.

APWU Web News Article 25-2017

MTESC Workers Unanimously Ratify First Contract

03/09/2017 - New APWU members at the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) in Urbandale, IA, unanimously ratified an initial two-year contract... The contract will increase job security through the implementation of a grievance process, a guaranteed number of full-time employees and a “no-lay-off” clause. The APWU also secured enhanced safety commitments from the company with improved pay and better benefits. 

Negotiations, Negotiations

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Support Services Director Steve Brooks

We are hitting the new year running. We ended 2016 in the middle of contract negotiations for our Information Technology/Accounting Services unit, and are working under an extension to our 2011 agreement. The extension expires on Feb. 24, as this issue goes to print. We hope another extension is not necessary.

A Good Contract for All

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

APWU members from all crafts have been busy with efforts to: raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; stop the dirty deal between USPS and Staples; stop consolidations and closings of post offices and mail processing facilities; establish postal banking; defeat so-called “right-to-work” legislation, which weakens unions; win postal reform legislation; preserve service standards; provide a safe work environment, and of course, achieve an acceptable Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Contracts, Contracts, Contracts

07/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

“Busy” is the buzz word! the support services division is responsible for articles 40 and 41 of the APWU’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the USPS.

Article 40 covers the Operating Services Craft, which consists of employees at USPS headquarters at L’Enfant Plaza and facility services in Merrifield, VA.

Several proposals were exchanged in an attempt to improve the benefits and working conditions for our members in these units.