Dear Auxiliary Member:
I am wishing a Happy New Year to you and your family and hope that this greeting finds you doing well.
Please note that I have a new phone number: 214-336-8968 and new email address of: email@example.com.
There will be a Spring NBA Region 10 School in San Marcos over President’s Day weekend (Feb 16-18, 2019) at the Embassy Suites – San Marcos, 1001 E McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX 78666, phone 512-392-6450. The Auxiliary meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019. The Executive Board Meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019. If you are planning to attend, let the hotel know you are with the NALC to get the group rate. Any Auxiliary member who is attending is welcome to bring a basket or something to raffle for our Auxiliary fundraiser. Also, you are welcome to attend any of the Training classes being held.
Also, we will have our State Convention on June 26 to 28, 2019 at the Embassy Suites – Denton, 3100 Town Center Trail, Denton, TX 76201, phone 940-243-3799. If you are planning to attend, let the hotel know the Reservation Code: “NALC” to get the group rate of $129/night. The Cut Off Date for Reservations is June 20, 2019. I hope everyone can attend but if not, you will be in our thoughts. Each Auxiliary attending is asked to bring a Basket of your choosing to raffle off for our Auxiliary Fundraiser. More details to follow as we get closer to the convention.
I am, also, happy to inform you that the TSALCA’s Welfare Project is still the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). If you or your Auxiliary is interested in contributing, please send any donations made payable to TSALCA to our Welfare Chairman, Judy Arldt, 7709 Creston Lane, Austin, TX 78752.
You should have already received your State Dues/Per Capita forms. They are due on February 1, 2019. Please be sure to get your Per Capita of $2.00 per member (50 Year Members do not pay Per Capita or Dues) in to our State Secretary, Beatrice Fuentes as soon as you receive the form. Her address is 121 NW 11th St, Dimmitt, TX 79027. Also, if your Local Auxiliary has dues to be paid, be on the lookout for those forms, also. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
As always, we must keep the pressure on Washington. There will be a Legislative Group going to Washington DC from February 24 to 28 to talk to our Congressmen/women and Senators about Postal Issues. President Rolando recently commented on the legacy of the NALC. The NALC is 93% organized currently. Just a reminder of some of the major Successes the NALC has made over history are:
1) The 8 hour work day for Federal Workers 2) Achieved Collective Bargaining through the 1970 Great Postal Strike 3) Defeated Privatization during both the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush presidencies
4) Prevented the dismantling of the Postal Service following the Great Recession
Even with these successes we must remain on our toes and work to prevail against the latest privatization threats against the Postal Service during this time. All these past, present and future successes are due to the unity of the NALC and NALCA working together to prevail against all odds. Our success will require everyone to contribute to the issues at hand any way they can (visiting Politicians, writing letters, sending e-mails, making phone calls, writing letters to the newspapers and even talking about the issues to family and friends). Remember that alone we are powerless but together we are unstoppable.
As NALC Auxiliary members, our voices are important on Capitol Hill. Please use your voice to tell Congress about the right kind of postal reform. With the right reforms, we can stop seeing service cuts and instead focus on the innovation of the postal service. Right now, we are focusing on 3 House Resolutions that are the same ones we have been working on from the last session but now that we have the new 116th Session we have new House Resolution numbers. House Resolution 33 (same as HR 933 from last session) is the resolution against privatization. This resolution is calling on Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Postal Service remain an independent agency of the federal government and not be subject to privatization. House Resolution 23 (same as HR 28 from last session) is the resolution regarding Door to Door Delivery. House Resolution 59 (same as HR 15 from last session) is the resolution for 6 Day Delivery Service. We must contact our Congressmen and Senators and let them know where we stand on these issues. The new NALC Fact Sheets for the 116th Session are being produced at this time so there are none available to send to you with the new House Resolution numbers.
For more legislative information, you can go directly to our NALC website at www.nalc.org, or you can contact our Regional Legislative and Political Organizer, John Beaumont at 202-340-5145 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact TSALCA VP/State Organizer Linda White or you can contact me.
I am, also, including copies of the National Auxiliary Officers’ column from the Postal Record for those of you who do not receive a Postal Record. Unfortunately, we were unable to find an acceptable way for the National to get the information to you, so I will continue to mail them to you.
Please know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers and are thought of lovingly and with gratitude for all that you have done in the past and are doing currently to make this the Great organization that it is.
Thanks for all you have done and thanks again in advance for all you are doing to help support our Letter Carriers.
Gaye Meredith TSALCA President