This book is the result of a desire on the part of Moe Biller, President of the American Postal Workers Union, to have an objective history written of the struggle of postal workers to form unions and deal effectively with their employer, the United States Government. President Biller gave the writers access to all the union files and to his entire staff, and never once attempted to exercise editorial control over the contents of the book. The book contains material with which he does not agree and at least one incident that he does not believe was covered in sufficient detail, but at no point did he apply pressure on the writers to change their points of view or in any way alter their conclusions. We are, therefore, grateful to President Biller, one of the outstanding labor leaders of the modern era.
The cooperation the writers received started with the president, but did not end there. William Burrus, Executive Vice President, and Douglas Holbrook, Secretary-Treasurer of the APWU, not only gave of their time, but delivered comments that were incisive and resulted in the inclusion of sections on minorities, women in the APWU, and the hearing-impaired that otherwise would have been either overlooked or treated in a less than satisfactory manner. Michael Benner, former President of the Special Delivery Messengers, and presently, Executive Assistant to President Biller, served as the liaison between the writers and the union. Our requests were answered promptly and always with good cheer. Thomas Fahey, Communications Director, and Dorothy Campbell of the Communications Department went out of their way to provide us with important materials.
John O'Donnell, General Counsel of the APWU, read the draft with an editor's gimlet eye, made valuable suggestions and even contributed a rewrite on the "Battle of the Bulk." His partner, Darryl Anderson, helped make clear an extremely complicated subject, "The Health Plan Crisis."
Much of the material in this book was obtained by way of interviews with both present and former union officials. Among the present officials