District 1 Report
District 1- Board Member
ARTURO "AG" RAMIREZ
3rd. Quarter Report of 2018
Well good people of Texas it’s been another period of nail biting victories for the NALC. We’ve been dealt several cards of concern from our President and Representatives. There are so many political distractions trying to divide our country right now but regardless how you feel about these social issues there are a few things we need to remember are crucial for us to pay attention to. We must gain support for several House and Senatorial Resolutions from or congressional and senatorial leaders along with fighting President Trumps proposals to eliminate the FERS supplement and COLA increases, requiring a high 5 standard to calculate retirement rather than a high 3, and privatization of the Postal Service.
Privatization is at the forefront of our concerns right now but there is good news to report on this issue. H. Res 993 was introduced in July 2018, which is calling for Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Postal Service remains an independent agency of the federal government and not be subject to privatization. Currently we have been able to secure support for H. Res 993 from both sides of the House, Republicans and Democrats alike. At last report we had 219 cosponsors with 47 Republicans and 189 Democrats. We still need a few more to have the majority and feel comfortable that the privatization will not take place. However, with help from all the activists in Texas this should be no problem.
I urge you to reach out to your representative and make sure they have signed on to support us on H. Res. 15, H. Res 28, H. Res. 31, H. Res. 993, and S2629. Each one of these resolutions is favorable to us and we have several representatives that are not currently cosponsors. Your LCCLs of District one have been working tirelessly to get the cosponsors needed and keep the representatives informed and educated about our issues. They have all been very active and can’t thank them enough for their hard work.
In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in the U.S. Mail: Not for Sale rallies. We all made a great impact and brought awareness to the general public about the threat of privatization. It was wonderful to see all the great letter carriers across Texas come together for this important event. We all had to take a little time out of our busy schedules but it was well worth it. Until next time brothers and sisters I bid you solidarity and fellowship and as always UP THE UNION!!
“Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provide supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedure, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.”
John F. Kennedy