3rd. Quarter Report of 2018
Greeting District 2 Members
I hope that everyone that attended the 71st Biennial Convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers this past July 16-20, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan came away with a little more knowledge. I would also like to thank the host Branch 1 for all their hard work to make the convention a success.
President Fred Rolando, during his greeting talked about the challenges that letter carriers face. President Rolando identified the political and legislative just to name a few of the challenges letter carriers are facing. As letter carriers we need to focus on working to change the make-up of congress. We must by any means necessary try to get the word out and to get people to vote. Action is what is needed to change the makeup of congress.
A few speakers spoke on topics like defending union rights, protecting wages and benefits and stopping the privatization of the Postal Service. The delegates also voted on several Resolutions and Amendments to the NALC Constitution. The nominations for candidates for the National Association of Letter Carriers National Officers were conducted.
Various workshops were held before and after the General Session. That made it possible for the delegates to attend in the morning, evening or at both times. The workshops covered topics such as Branch Officers Responsibilities, Safety and Health, Rights and Benefits for City Carrier Assistants and the Strike at 40 along with several other topics. This National Convention workshops covered topics for all delegates CCA’S, Veterans, Retired or Active and if this was your first convention, I hope it was inspiring. If you were unable to attend this convention get your flower shirt, grass skirt and lei ready for the 2020 Convention in the state of Hawaii.
The Texas State Association of Letter Carriers board members conducted their executive board meeting in Austin in August. Our new National Business Agent for Region 10 Javier Bernal and Legislative Political Organizer, John Beaumont were guest and provided training to the officers.
On September 3, 2018 I attended the Annual AFL-CIO Dallas Breakfast. Keven Fegans Legislative District Liaison and I meet several of the Congressional candidate’s present such as Eddie Bernice Johnson, District 30, Marc Veasey, District 33 and Colin Allred, District 32.
I attended the Irving Branch meeting on September 12, 2018. The members were very interested of the presentation regarding the Letter Carrier Political Fund. At the conclusion of the presentation I was able to assist a member in signing up as a contributor to the Letter Carrier Political Fund. Also, in September City Carrier Assistant with at least 30 months of relative standing were converted to career status. I sent out my congratulation to everyone that remains steadfast during the 30 months period.
Before I close, I am asking everyone to get your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and first-time voters to the poll and VOTE. Let your voice be heard VOTE on November 6, 2018.
District 2 Board Member