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.
03/18/2005 - Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, introduced a postal reform bill March 17 that is similar to legislation approved by the panel last year. The measure was co-sponsored by Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-DE) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH).
Arbitrator Rules for Workers Displaced in Anthrax Attacks
03/14/2005 - The Trenton P&DC, closed in the wake of anthrax terrorist attacks nearly three-and-half years ago, re-opened its retail services March 14, with its processing workers expected to return to the facility shortly.
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.
02/03/2005 - An arbitrator has sustained the APWU’s arguments in two of three outstanding issues in a significant attendance case. In a ruling in late January, Arbitrator Shyam Das said that the Postal Service may not require an employee to describe the nature of an illness or injury during a phone call to report an absence from work. He also ruled that the USPS policy on second and third medical opinions is inconsistent with the Family & Medical Leave Act and the National Agreement.
01/13/2005 - The USPS Board of Governors has elected James C. Miller III, chairman, and Alan Kessler, vice chairman, for 2005.
“We look forward to working with the new leaders of the Board of Governors and to helping them serve the American people,” said APWU President William Burrus. “We are hopeful that under their stewardship the USPS will meet the challenges ahead.”