President's 2018 3rd Quarter Report
Hope this report finds you in good spirits and health. This quarter has been a busy one. First, the national convention in Detroit was awesome. Catching up with old friends and making some new ones is always great but, we also had some business to attend to. There are more details on the convention is the President’s report for the convention.
As we gear up for the midterm elections, the state association has been busy talking to members at branch meetings and other events. We have been talking about our members of congress and our senators. We want each member registered and able to vote in every election from local leaders to congress. Your vote counts and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
I had the privilege to speak to the members of Harlingen Branch 2983 at their August meeting. I talked to them about the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF) and what is at stake for our future. Two carriers signed up for LCPF and two more over the phone a few days after the meeting. Thank you!
The state executive board also met in August to discuss and vote on the work needed to be done in Texas. As a result, board members will visit branch meetings talking about LCPF. Congratulations go out to Austin Branch 181. At the national convention they were received three awards for their contributions to LCPF. Austin has set the bar high and the rest of Texas accepts the challenge. That’s where your board members come in; they have stepped up and will be out and about.
On the legislative front, our Letter Carrier Congressional Liaisons (LCCL), board members and others have been contacting our congressional representatives and senators. It’s easy, just call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Next, give the operator your zip code and let them know you want to speak with your representative or senator.
We want our representatives to support House Resolution (H. Res.) 993 against privatization of the U.S. Postal Service and our senators to support Senate Resolution (S. Res.) 633 against privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. The language is the same in both chambers. Make your call today because currently we have 231 cosponsors, 8 of them are from Texas for H. Res. 993. On S. Res. 633, there are 43 cosponsors and none from Texas. Reach out to them to support these resolutions.
Until next time, enjoy the cool fronts coming and the holidays. Be blessed and be a blessing to someone else.
Thank you and God Bless,
Carlos Rodriguez Jr.
on National Convention 2018
Detroit was beautiful and the site of the 71st biennial convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers. The business of the state association started on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Along with our National Business Agent (NBA) Javier Bernal, Regional Administrative Assistant (RAA) Shawn Boyd, and retired NBA Gene Goodwin, we set up the area for region 10. Thank you for your assistance!
Sunday still gave time for registration and the meet and greet. It was nice to mingle with old friends and make some new ones, plus the music was great. Remember, it is Motown, all the hits were played.
Prior to the gavel opening of convention, Monday morning classes. I was fortunate enough to attend the MBA Representative Training. I learned quite a bit, and I highly recommend it to anyone. The NALC provides some of, if not, the best life insurance products on the market. Speak to your branch MBA representative or, if you don’t have one, call national.
Onto the business, Monday kicked off another great convention and the overall theme was “challenges.” There are challenges in Washington, D.C., and in every state across this country. But, we, I know, are up to the challenges that we face today. “Elections-they have consequences,” President Rolando said. He’s right, what did the election of 2016 bring? Attacks on working people, is what they brought. President Rolando continued to focus on three aspects, risks, audience, and tools. Basically, what is at risk, who is the audience, and what tools are in our tool box, were the questions he answered. We have been called on to help when, where, who we can. We can step up and do more.
Over 5,000 delegates were registered and present on Monday. United Auto Workers (UAW) President Gary Jones spoke about determined workers winning the battles waged against us.
We also remembered carriers that died prior to convention and recognized those that deserved honoring. A good friend of letter carriers, Ed Schultz a broadcaster died sometime before convention. He was a loud voice for our cause. Also, six letter carriers were memorialized who passed away while on the job.
At the end of Monday, we had many classes to end our first day at convention. I was interested in Common Sense Economics. Interesting class to say the least. We covered economic issues and we debated what we (NALC members) can do.
Tuesday, July 17th started off great. The show of solidarity continued with several speakers from Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, APWU, and NPMHU. The energy was in the air and the day concluded with Veterans Helping Veterans. We also wrote postcards of thank you to put into 2,000 personal care knapsacks. Thank you to all who filled out a card, provided materials, or put the bags together.
Wednesday, July 18th business began with some resolutions and led into nominations for national officers. It was an honor to stand with several branch presidents as Javier Bernal was nominated for NBA for region 10. The moving part was when President Rolando announced for any other nominations, when collectively, region 10 called out, “Hell No!” This sign of solidarity shows we’re in good hands.
More speakers and my day ended with attending Travel Expenses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I learn something new every class Dave Dorsey teaches.
Thursday, July 19th started off great. Attended the Organizing and Activism class highlighted by Austin Branch 181 taking home three awards for a branch their size, highest percentage of contributors, highest per capita contributors, and most improved in percentage of contributors. Not only did they blow everybody away, they outdid themselves from the previous year. Congratulations to Albert Aponte, Les Doss and the rest of team in Austin.
Business kicked off with nominations for national officer. There were several candidates across the board. Remember, every member get a ballot and can vote.
We watched a video of the devastation of the wild fires across the west states. It was difficult to watch but, the shining bright star was the letter carrier bringing back some sense of normalcy of delivery. That was good in a time of dispare.
Following that video, we had more speakers and finally ended the evening with attending the Retiring Officers Dinner.
Friday, July 20th
Save the best for last, Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO spoke with conviction and energized the delegation. Following him was US House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi. She has been friend to letter carriers and working people.
The convention ended with appeals and that was a wrap. Hopefully we can experience the next convention together in Honolulu in 2020.