District 1 Report
District 1- Board Member
ARTURO "AG" RAMIREZ
4th. Quarter Report of 2018
The end is near!! Well brothers and sisters at least it’s only the end of one year and the beginning of a new. As we look back at some of the great things we were able to accomplish such as rallying full co-sponsorship for the unions major concerns we also still plenty to be concerned with beginning this New Year.
One major victory in 2018 was the overwhelming support we received in co-sponsorship of the three House Resolutions of immediate concern for us as postal employees and letter carriers. H. Res. 31 expressing the sense of the House that the Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect of July 01, 2012. H. Res. 15 expressing the sense of the House that the Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service. H. Res. 28 expressing the sense of the House that the Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.
We also faced several issues throughout the year that we addressed. One big one was privatization and rest assured this will continue to be a major concern as we enter the New Year. H. Res. 993 was introduced in July of 2018 by Rep. Stephen Lynch. It expresses the sense of the House that the Postal Service take all appropriate measures to ensure the Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization. The year ended with 239 co-sponsors. This was due in a large part by the effort of so many Letter Carriers across the country who participated in the “Not for Sale” campaign organized by of National unions.
As we go into the New Year the government has experienced a partial government shut down. These can be scary times but as we all know the Postal Service receives no tax payer dollars and all operating revenue is produced by sale of the impeccable services we offer. Therefor the shutdown should affect our pay. However, this doesn’t mean it is not cause for concern. Congress could begin looking at other ways of funding the government and special projects. As in the past it could result in attacks on our retirement funds, savings accounts, or even wage and health benefit bargaining.
That being said it is as important as ever we have a voice on the Hill. Every Letter Carrier must do their part in order to curb any desire to fund the government on the backs of federal employee’s hard earned retirement and savings. One way of doing that is by contributing to the Letter Carrier Political Fund LCPF. For information contact your local branch officers or TSALC district board member.
In closing I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and prosperous New Year!!