Director of Retirees Report
Post Office Box 40 / Oakwood, TX 75855-0040

March 2019

Hello My Fellow Retired Brothers and Sisters,
Let me say Happy New Year!! May 2019 be the best year ever!!
NALC’s Four Priority Resolutions have been introduced in the House of Representatives. Here are NALC’s Priority Resolutions introduced in the 116th Congress for 2019:                

                    H. Res. 23 - The Resolution for Protecting Door Delivery,
                    H. Res. 33 - This Resolution Opposes Privatization of the Postal Service,
                    H. Res. 54 – The Resolution Protecting Six-Day Delivery,
                    H. Res. 60 – This Resolution is for Restoring Service Standards.

NALC thanks the legislators from both parties who introduced these resolutions. All four of these measures, which reached a Bipartisan Majority of supporting Co-Sponsors in the previous Congress, are accepting Co-Sponsors. Please contact your Elected Official and ask them to sign on if they have not already.

On March 7, 2019, a bipartisan group of 25 Senators reintroduced S. Res. 99, their anti-privatization resolution for the 116th Congress, calling on the Senate to take “all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization in whole or in part.” The resolution notes that the USPS is a self-sustaining establishment and that potential privatization would result in higher prices and reduced services for USPS customers, especially in rural communities. Please contact our Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz and ask them to sign on.

These Postal Policy Resolutions are important because they help shape the debate over postal reform. The Senate and the White House are less likely to pursue service cuts or privatization if the resolutions have solid support. NALC encourages all Letter Carriers, Active AND Retired, to contact their representatives about co-sponsoring these resolutions. For more information, please visit the NALC Website at NALC.ORG, go on the NALC App or contact the NALC Department of Legislative and Political Affairs at 202-393-4695.

I’m proud to say that Region 10 was in the group of 8 Regions to be the first Legislative Trip of 2019, from February 24-28, with the 116th Congress. There were hundreds of letter carriers from all over the country on Capitol Hill to speak with their Members of Congress and their Senators on issues that impact postal and federal employees. Your TSALC Board Members, Letter Carrier Congressional Liaisons, Branch Presidents, as well as, State Board Members from New Mexico were making themselves heard on Capitol Hill. Thank you to all who attended and participated in this “First Fly-In” of 2019 to Lobby the 116th Congress! Now, it’s up to y’all to contact your Elected Officials and make your voice heard!!

As written in the March 2019 Postal Record, it is with great sadness that I say Former NALC Trustee Randall Keller died February 6, 2019, following a long illness. He began his career in 1982, was elected as Branch 25 President in 1990 (which he held for 20 years), was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998, was re-elected 4 times and retired in 2018 shortly before the end of his 5th Term. Brother Randy was a great advocate for Letter Carriers and will be missed by all who knew him. For additional information, please read the article in the Postal Record.

As always, I am here to help y’all with whatever I can. If you need to contact me, you can call my cell 281-546-7176, which I forward to our landline at home, since we don’t have cell service at home.

Elisabeth Goodwin, your Director of Retirees

Texas State Association of Letter Carriers