04/01/2005 - John Edwards, the Democrats' vice presidential candidate last year, gave a boost to striking APWU truck drivers in Des Moines when he walked the picket line with them April 1.
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
03/28/2005 - Mail Contractors of America, a private mail hauler, began a campaign of intimidation against striking APWU members in Jacksonville, FL, March 26, according to the local president representing the truck drivers.
03/24/2005 - APWU truck drivers who work for a private mail hauler in Jacksonville, FL, have joined a strike that began Tuesday in Des Moines and Kansas City, KS. Seventy-nine members of the union’s First Coast Local began striking at 7 a.m., March 24, with a picket line in front of the Mail Contractors of America (MCA) terminal.
03/23/2005 - More than 100 APWU members in Des Moines, IA, and Kansas City, KS, who are truck drivers for the private-mail hauler Mail Contractors of America, went on strike March 22, demanding the company negotiate a fair contract.
03/04/2005 - Hundreds of private-sector mail-haul drivers and their families had their eligibility for health insurance cut off earlier this week by Pat Salmon & Sons as a collective bargaining agreement lapsed.
02/28/2005 - The collective bargaining agreement between the American Postal Workers Union and Pat Salmon & Sons is due to expire Feb. 28. The agreement affects more than 500 private-sector mail-haul drivers represented by the APWU.
02/15/2005 - With their initial contract due to expire at the end of the month, more than 500 private sector mail-haul drivers represented by the APWU are preparing a possible strike against Pat Salmon & Sons in the wake of the company's pronouncement that it will cut off health insurance benefits on Feb. 28.