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.
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.
03/10/2005 - The APWU in early March learned which USPS trucks featuring Leyman lift gates are being used and where they are being deployed. The USPS has been receiving parts and instructions from the manufacturer and has started modifying and replacing both rail-type and tuck-under lift gates.
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.
10/20/2004 - Pvt. Mark Barbret, the son of APWU member Angela Barbret, was killed in Iraq Oct. 14. The 22-year old soldier died after the Humvee he was riding in triggered a bomb that had been placed in the road. He was returning from a mission near the Iraqi city of Ramadi.