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 13-2006

APWU Members Win 5-Year Contract at Detroit MTESC

Employees at Pittsburgh Facility to Vote Feb. 28 on Similar Agreement

02/27/2006 - Members of the APWU bargaining unit at the privately-operated Mail Transportation Equipment Service Center in suburban Detroit overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract Feb. 24. The APWU membership at the Pittsburgh MTESC will vote on a separate and similar agreement on Feb. 28.

APWU Web News Article 70-2005

Florida Mail-Haul Workers Join APWU

12/19/2005 - Workers at Finkle Transportation’s Florida outlets voted 32-1 to join the APWU in a vote that was tallied Dec. 16 by the National Labor Relations Board. The private mail-hauling firm, which is based in New Jersey, employs 51 drivers and mechanics at four Florida locations — Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.

APWU Web News Article 31-2005

Union, Workers File Suit Against DHL Subsidiary

07/13/2005 - The APWU and five employees of ABX Air filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati June 30, alleging the company has engaged in intimidation, coercion, and discrimination against workers who are attempting to unionize the ABX plant in Wilmington, OH. The workers are asking the court to declare that the company’s actions violate the Railway Labor Act, and to issue an injunction prohibiting the firm from such actions in the future.