09/12/2013 - APWU members who are truck drivers and mechanics working for Pat Salmon & Sons voted to ratify a tentative contract by a vote of 82-34 on Sept. 10. The new contract will affect 283 drivers and mechanics who are represented by the Texoma (Dallas), Little Rock, Memphis, and Shreveport locals.
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
08/21/2012 - In an inspirational speech Aug. 19, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) urged union members to fight back against “evil-doers” who would destroy the Postal Service and send the nation back to a dark time when most workers had no rights and few prospects for achieving the American Dream.
ALSO: Delegates Debate Bargaining Resolutions.
07/11/2012 - A driver for Mail Contractors of America (MCA) died on July 6, the day after he was run over by his truck at the Des Moines Network Distribution Center.
01/29/2010 - After seven months of negotiations, the Springfield (MA) Area Local reached a tentative agreement with Alan Ritchey, Inc. on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that will cover all 90 members employed at the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC). The agreement contains significant improvements in seniority and in the day-to-day operations at the plant.
05/15/2009 - The APWU and the private-sector mail-haul firm Pat Salmon & Sons have agreed to a one-month extension of a contract covering more than 500 drivers. The collective bargaining agreement in effect since Aug. 30, 2006, had been set to expire May 15.
09/18/2008 - More than 50 APWU members, community activists, and other representatives of the Ohio-based “Save The Jobs, Save Our Community” coalition staged a protest of DHL business practices Sept. 17 at the German Embassy in
Unanimous Convention Vote Follows Live Address
08/01/2008 - More than 3,200 APWU delegates unanimously endorsed Sen. Barack Obama after the presidential candidate delivered an inspiring message to the union’s convention over a live satellite video feed.
ALSO: Convention Adopts Changes to the Union Constitution.
AND: Legislative Department Presents Briefing On Grassroots Preparation for Fall Elections.
Contract in Cincinnati; Pro-Union Vote in Des Moines
05/16/2008 - The APWU reached a tentative agreement May 15 on a “first contract” for approximately 120 workers at the Cincinnati Mail Transportation Equipment Service Center (MTESC). If they ratify the contract in a vote on May 28, workers at the private-sector operation will receive a 10 percent wage increase in July — their first raise in six years.
01/18/2008 - The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint on Jan. 10 against DHL Express in Allentown, PA, charging the company with committing unfair labor practices during an APWU organizing campaign last year.
09/19/2007 - Despite losing a union-representation election, an APWU-led organizing committee will press on in its campaign for workers’ rights at a sorting facility just outside of Allentown, PA.