President's 2018 1st Quarter Report
2018 has brought many challenges and changes on how letter carriers, specifically active ones, can participate during the election cycle. Retirees will be called upon to work to support letter carrier issues across this country. There are many congressional races that, frankly, were not looked at before.
Given the current political climate, there is a chance that WE may make some new friends and strengthen some old relationships. Right now is a great time to call your congressional representatives and voice the position of letter carrier issues.
You may ask, what are those? Great questions, first, we’ll talk about the three resolutions in the House of Representatives, Six Day Delivery (H. Res. 15), Door to Door Delivery (H. Res. 28), and Delivery Standards to 2012 (H. Res. 31). Visit Https://www.nalc.org/government-affairs/legislative-activities to get the most up to date fact sheets on the resolutions as well as other issues. Do you see a trend here? If you research all of these resolutions, you will see that the NALC is trying to maintain what we all have today from service to standards.
Secondly, in addition to the resolutions we also have to continuously combat the white house budget every year. The fiscal 2019 year proposes huge cuts to our healthcare and is filled with more ways to take money out of your pocket, look at https://www.nalc.org/government-affairs/legislative-updates/white-house-fy-2019-budget-proposal . It is not hard to see that all federal employees are under attack. Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines or bury our heads in the sand.
Get out and vote local, state and of course the federal elections. It’s not too late to register to vote and make a difference in November. Will you help? We can get our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers out to the polls. We need to be the difference in the representation that we want in Washington, D.C.
The state association will be attending more branch meeting to inform our members of what is happening legislatively and politically. Education on the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF) is one of our priorities and the first line of defense. The fund is used to support members of congress that support letter carriers. Also, it is used to release letter carriers for an election and education throughout the country. Your contributions are critical and you make them by contacting any board member from the state association or your local officers can help as well. Consider donating today and protect our future.
As this is coming to print we are celebrating Easter. The resurrection of Christ, has me filled with a renewed sense of purpose that we cannot and will not continue to be put down. Have faith and walk with us on this journey. Fear not for he is with us.
Thank You and God Bless,
Carlos Rodriguez Jr.
President’s Activities 1st Quarter 2018
01/06 Board meeting and legislative training
01/08 Attended Branch 132 Dallas meeting
01/10 Attended Branch 2983 Harlingen meeting
01/13-15 Attended the Martin Luther King Jr Civil and Human Rights Conference, Houston
01/18 Attended Branch 181 Austin meeting presented plaque to James Buchanan, LCCL
01/19-21 Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention, Austin
02/16 State Audit
02/17 Committee meeting discussing Branch Presidents suggestion to better the Texas State Association
02/18-19 Region 10 NBA Training
Contacted all board members strategizing for the upcoming meetings to attend and prepare for the district meetings in April and May.
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