National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed http://www.nalc.org/rss/ National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Tell the White House to stop the raid on postal pensions https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/tell-the-white-house-to-stop-the-raid-on-postal-pensions Thu, 15 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/tell-the-white-house-to-stop-the-raid-on-postal-pensions In letter to White House, President Renfroe calls for executive action to accurately value USPS’s pension assets and liabilities https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/in-letter-to-white-house-president-renfroe-calls-for-executive-action-to-accurately-value-uspss-pension-assets-and-liabilities Wed, 14 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/in-letter-to-white-house-president-renfroe-calls-for-executive-action-to-accurately-value-uspss-pension-assets-and-liabilities On Feb. 1, NALC President Brian L. Renfroe sent a letter to President Biden again requesting executive action to direct the Office of Personnel Management to accurately value the Postal Service’s pension assets and liabilities.

This is an urgent issue. All four postal unions are urging the Biden Administration to act quickly and remedy this unfair misallocation. Learn more at stoppostalraid.com.

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Passing of former Region 12 Regional Administrative Assistant Raymond McDonald, Jr. https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/passing-of-former-region-12-regional-administrative-assistant-raymond-mcdonald-jr Tue, 13 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/passing-of-former-region-12-regional-administrative-assistant-raymond-mcdonald-jr NALC is deeply saddened to learn that Raymond McDonald, Jr. died on Feb. 5. He was 69.

Brother McDonald was a member of Princeton, NJ Branch 268 for 41 years. Raymond, a U.S. Air Force veteran, became a letter carrier after being honorably discharged. Throughout his career, he demonstrated his commitment to his branch as a leader and activist. Raymond became a shop steward shortly after becoming a letter carrier and eventually served as vice president and president of his branch. From 2007 to 2015, he also served as a regional administrative assistant for Region 12.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Carol, and son, Ryan.

“On behalf of NALC, we are grateful for Brother McDonald’s years of service to Branch 268 and Region 12,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “Ray was a great leader and friend. He will be greatly missed, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.”

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NALC Bulletin https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-bulletin-013124 Fri, 02 Feb 2024 14:37:38 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-bulletin-013124 Remembering Branch 562 activist Joe DeRossi https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-branch-562-activist-joe-derossi Fri, 02 Feb 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-branch-562-activist-joe-derossi NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joe DeRossi on Jan. 31.

After graduating high school, Brother DeRossi was drafted by the Army in 1967. He served in the Vietnam War, earning the rank of Sergeant ES, before he was honorably discharged in 1969. Following his military service, Joe was a butcher at the United Meat Market for five years before beginning his career as a letter carrier in 1974.

Joe joined NALC as a member of Brooklyn, NY Branch 41. He soon became a shop steward and quickly worked his way up to chief steward. He later served as Branch 41’s executive vice president. He ended his career as a member of Jamaica, NY Branch 562. In addition to his local service, Joe served as NALC’s national election committee chairman from 2000-2018 under three national presidents.

Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marguerite; his two children, Marie and Joseph; his granddaughter Angelina; and his step-grandchildren, Amanda and Michael. He was 77.

“Brother DeRossi was a devoted NALC member for 50 years,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “He was a respected leader who was always willing to stand up and help letter carriers however he could. We appreciate his decades of service and his unwavering commitment to our members. His spirit, humor and tireless dedication to our union will be deeply missed by his NALC family.”

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February Postal Record available https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/february Thu, 01 Feb 2024 12:09:37 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/february Update to Article 10 charges https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/update-to-article-10-charges-1-31 Wed, 31 Jan 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/update-to-article-10-charges-1-31 This is an update to the Oct. 6 notification concerning charges received by the NALC Executive Council proffered against President Brian L. Renfroe by another member of the Council.

On Dec. 13-15 and Jan. 17-18, the panel of three disinterested members conducted evidentiary hearings at NALC Headquarters. The panel members, pictured right, are Brian Hellman, Branch 36 retired member; Barry Weiner, Branch 9 retired member; and Myra Warren, Branch 132 retired member.  

The panel is scheduled to resume evidentiary hearings on Feb. 12.

NALC will keep members informed as the process moves forward.

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President Renfroe: Stop the misallocation of Civil Service Retirement System pension costs https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/op-ed-from-president-renfroe Tue, 30 Jan 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/op-ed-from-president-renfroe Branch Officers Training scheduled for April 22-25 in Washington, DC https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-scheduled-april-22-25-in-washington-dc Wed, 24 Jan 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-scheduled-april-22-25-in-washington-dc Remembering former Director of Safety and Health Bill Dunn https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-former-director-of-safety-and-health-bill-dunn Mon, 22 Jan 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-former-director-of-safety-and-health-bill-dunn NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of former national officer Bill Dunn. He was 86.

Brother Dunn, a lifelong member of Houston, TX Branch 283, served as the director of NALC’s Mutual Benefit Association for 16 years before he was appointed as director of safety and health in 1995. He served in that role until he retired in 1998. 

Bill started his letter carrier career in 1959 and became a shop steward at the Foster Place Station the following year. He was chief stop steward from 1968 to 1976 while also serving as his branch’s health benefits representative and a co-chair of the 1976 national convention in Houston. He served on the NALC Uniform Committee and, in 1991, formed the National Letter Carriers Motorcycle Club, which raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“Brother Dunn was a fierce advocate for letter carriers,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “From his service as a shop steward to his 20 years as a national officer, Bill was focused on making a positive difference for our members. On behalf of NALC, I appreciate his decades of service. He will be greatly missed.”

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Remembering former Southeast Massachusetts Branch 18 President Armond Santos, Jr. https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-former-branch-18-president-armond-santos-jr Fri, 19 Jan 2024 12:26:44 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-former-branch-18-president-armond-santos-jr NALC is deeply saddened to learn that Armond Santos, Jr. died on Jan. 13. He was 91.

Brother Santos was an NALC member for 66 years. He started his letter carrier career in 1958 and carried mail for 29 years until he retired in 1987.

Throughout his career and retirement, Armond was active in Southeast Massachusetts Branch 18 and Region 14. He formerly served as Branch 18’s president and held several positions in Region 14’s office.

“For more than 60 years, Brother Santos was an effective and influential leader in Branch 18 and Region 14,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “He tirelessly fought for letter carriers. His impact and legacy will live on, and he will be greatly missed in his branch and region. On behalf of NALC, I appreciate Armond’s decades of service and send my deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.”

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Passing of Las Vegas, NV Branch 2502 President Glenn Norton https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/passing-of-las-vegas-nv-branch-2502-president-glenn-norton Thu, 18 Jan 2024 13:37:30 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/passing-of-las-vegas-nv-branch-2502-president-glenn-norton The NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Las Vegas, NV Branch 2502 President Glenn Norton on Jan. 15, 2024. He was 65 years old.

Brother Norton served as Branch 2502 President for 17 years, the longest any individual has held the office. He had previously served as a shop steward and Branch Vice President. Glenn's commitment to the labor movement also extended to his 16 years on the board of Nevada AFL-CIO, where he earned the distinction of being the longest-serving board member.

Glenn, a military veteran, was a schoolteacher prior to becoming a letter carrier. He delivered mail for over 30 years and continued to advocate for his fellow letter carriers as a dedicated and effective leader following his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Darlene, his daughter Corey, son-in-law Jonathan Guerin, and his two grandchildren. “On behalf of NALC, I send my condolences to Brother Norton’s family, friends and colleagues,” NALC President Brian Renfroe said. “I am proud to have worked alongside Glenn for many years. A true asset to his branch and the wider labor movement, he will be remembered as a tireless defender of workers’ rights. The NALC is grateful for his decades of commitment, service, and leadership. He will be greatly missed.” 

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Remembering Lloyd Nash Pearson, Jr., 75-year member of Jacksonville, FL Branch 53 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-lloyd-nash-pearson-jr-75-year-member-of-jacksonville-fl-branch-53 Wed, 10 Jan 2024 07:42:51 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/remembering-lloyd-nash-pearson-jr-75-year-member-of-jacksonville-fl-branch-53 NALC was saddened to learn of the passing of Lloyd Nash Pearson, Jr. on Dec. 23, 2023. Brother Pearson was a 75-year member of Jacksonville, FL Branch 53. He was 102 years old.

Lloyd was a Navy Reservist and began his postal career a few months after Pearl Harbor. He was involved in his branch throughout his time as an active and retired letter carrier, attending and collecting medals from 20 NALC National Conventions.

In addition to his activity as a NALC member, Lloyd served as a community leader and practiced a life-long commitment to advancing civil rights. He attended numerous NAACP civil rights marches, including the March on Washington in 1963 and 50th Anniversary of the March in 2013, and chaired the Jacksonville NAACP’s voter registration drive for many years.

Lloyd is survived by his three daughters, two sons, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

“NALC mourns the loss of Brother Pearson,” President Brian L. Renfroe stated. “We are grateful for his many years of service to Branch 53 and his community, and we send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.”

   

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Mutual Benefit Association representative training https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/mutual-benefit-association-representative-training Fri, 05 Jan 2024 08:30:22 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/mutual-benefit-association-representative-training NALC Director of Life Insurance Jim Yates has announced an MBA Rep training to be held on February 4. This is the first in a series of training sessions and will be focused on the MBA's Individual Disability Income and Hospital Plus policies.

Branch presidents may begin registering their MBA Representative for the training through the branch president’s Members Only page. The registration directions are below.

As a reminder, the delegates at the 2022 convention in Chicago amended the constitution to require every branch to have an MBA Rep as an officer in their branch. If you do not currently have this position, you may still assign one member to attend this training while you go through the process of updating your branch by-laws to add the MBA Rep officer position.

The class will begin at 2 p.m. eastern and will be one and a half hours long.

NALC has developed the ability to create a registration and training gateway through the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal on the NALC website.

Registration

Once a meeting has been scheduled through the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal, branch presidents will need to register their members in order for them to attend. To access the registration option, branch presidents can go to the NALC website and log on to the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal.  Once logged on to the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal, click the “Meetings Registration” button, which will display a list of upcoming meetings.  From there, presidents can register a member(s) by entering their last name in the “Search” box and selecting the correct member from the drop-down list. A member can also be removed from the “Registry” list by checking the box under the delete column next to the corresponding member. Branch presidents will not be able to register more than the maximum number of attendees per branch or exceed the maximum number of attendees for that session. The maximum number of registrants per branch and for the session, as well as the registered-to-date counts, are displayed on the registration screen.

Training Materials

Training materials and other pertinent information may be supplied for each session in the form of PDF documents. These documents will be available to registrants on their “MEMBERS ONLY” page. The documents can be printed, copied, and/or saved.

Accessing Meeting Information and/or Joining the Meeting

When a registered member wants to access training materials, view topics, or join a meeting, they can go to the NALC website and log on to the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal.  Once logged into the portal, the member will press the “Meetings” button, which will display a list of those meetings the member is registered to attend. For each meeting, there will be three buttons: the “Documents” button will give the member access to the training materials; the “Topics” button will give the member access to a list of topics (if any); and the “Join” button.  The “Join” button will appear 10 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the meeting.  If you log into the “MEMBERS ONLY” portal sooner than 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting, you will need to exit to the home page and re-enter to access the “Join” button. Once you select the join button, you will be taken to a WebEx website titled “Starting your meeting…”.  Scroll down to select “Join from your browser.”  When joining, the member will be prompted to enter their name and email address in order to attend the meeting. Proceed by selecting the “next” button followed by the “Join Meeting” button.

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NALC Activist publication revitalized; Winter 2024 edition now available online https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-activist-publication-revitalized Thu, 04 Jan 2024 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-activist-publication-revitalized The NALC Activist is a newsletter intended for shop stewards, branch officers and all local NALC leaders.

The publication has been around since 1986—with a couple of pauses along the way—and has been revived this month to continue providing additional resources to assist in educating and informing local NALC representatives.

The NALC Activist is designed with the needs of NALC representatives in mind, addressing issues and problems that arise in our everyday work lives. Over the years, the publication has proven to be a good training tool and NALC is proud to bring it back to life. With the goal of giving practical advice and skills on such topics as how to effectively run a branch meeting, how to conduct a training, or how to create a branch publication, branch representatives should find the articles useful. 

The Winter 2024 edition of the NALC Activist covers topics on NALC local negotiations, a shop steward’s right to information, our right to have union bulletin boards in the post office, workers’ compensation-related grievance advice, managing stress, health benefits and mutual benefits representatives, MDA fundraising, and the many roles shop stewards play.

Moving forward, the NALC Activist will be published quarterly and will provide representatives with the tools and knowledge needed to build and maintain strong and effective branches. Each issue will feature articles that will improve your knowledge of the contract and help you better understand the grievance procedure. You will see articles suggesting new ways in which NALC representatives can approach the problems they face while performing their duties. We will cover workplace issues, contract questions and the latest information for local leaders.

The Winter 2024 edition of the NALC Activist can be found here. A downloadable PDF is available here. A copy will also soon be mailed to branch and state presidents, arbitration advocates, Step-B representatives, and NALC’s 15 regional offices. Previous editions of the NALC Activist dating back to 1997 are also available online at nalc.org/activist.

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