District 1 Report
District 1- Board Member
ARTURO "AG" RAMIREZ
I say this to my fellow members in confidence. I was truly worried and scared for the future during this quarter of 2018. But as usual the great letter carriers of our nation and the devoted letter carriers of Texas in District One came through as always.
It was a major relief to finally see full bipartisan support from congress on all three of the NALC priority resolutions. As we all know H.Res. 15 express the commitment to maintain six-day delivery. H.Res. 28 expresses the commitment to maintain door-to-door delivery. Finally, H.Res. 31. Expresses the commitment to restore the Postal Service’s service standards that were in effect as of July 1, 2012.
Thank you all that contacted your representatives and pushed to make this happen. I know future efforts to gain support for priority resolutions will have similar results. The bipartisan support from these representatives should go a long way to ensure future attempts to use legislative process to dismantle or one of a kind delivery network.
That being said just because we achieved this success does not mean congress can’t or won’t try to continue to push for privatization. Recently in June several representatives introduced Postal Reform Act of 2018 (H.R. 6076), intended to be a replacement for the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). Other than minor changes to dates and notification periods this resolution matches the Postal Reform Act of 2017. The NALC still has the same concerns that it did with H.R. 756, and hopes the committee process will address flaws in H.R. 6076.
In addition to that President Trump has recently made a proposal to privatize the Postal Service in an effort to make it run more efficiently. And let us not forget the recent executive orders signed by our president that would streamline the ability to terminate good employees for reasons less than justified and without just cause. Not to mention the restrictions he placed on negotiations between agencies and unions.
With the little success we’ve had its important for everyone to stay vigilant and remember one of the best ways for us to prevent future attacks on our livelihood is by contributing to the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF). I have recently made visits to several of the District One branch meetings and want to thank you for being such generous hosts. I am making a strong commitment to sign members up to become automatic contributors and am requesting the same form you all. Thank you for your continued support and you will be hearing from me again soon.
“Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor - Those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized – do a disservice to the cause of democracy” – J.F.K.
Up the UNION!!