Private-Sector Workers

Private-Sector Organizing

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 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).

Contract Update

Hollingsworth Private Sector MTESC

We have been in contract negotiations with this unit attempting to get an initial contract for these members. These negotiations have been very challenging. We have run into many obstacles while attempting to achieve a fair agreement. This process has taken over one year. Currently, we are almost complete and we hope to get a tentative agreement before the membership for ratification very soon.


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