President's 2018 4th Quarter Report
Happy New Year Y’all,
2018 has been a busy year for us as a state association. The Christmas season is behind us. We survived another heavy season. Thank you to all the letter carriers that worked countless hours to provide the best service only we can deliver.
Your state board members have taken up the challenge to get out to the branches and educate our members. The mission for each one of us, letter carriers is to make our collective voice heard. We did this all year long through the election process.
Your vote does matter, and it showed in November. There were several new members of congressional representatives elected here in Texas. This gives us an opportunity to build a new relationship in districts that may not have had one before.
New members include Daniel Crenshaw (D-2), Van Taylor (D-3), Lance Gooden (D-5), Ronald Wright (D-6), Lizzie Pannill-Fletcher (D-7), Veronica Escobar (D-16), Chip Roy (D-21), Michael Cloud (D-27), Sylvia Garcia (D-29), and Colin Allred (D-32).
As you can see there is a great chance to educate all these new members about letter carrier issues. You can help too. How, you ask? Great question, call your member of congress, send an email, write a letter, or just go down to their local office. Let’s start this year on the right foot.
Looking back at 2018, Texas carriers have added more contributors to the Letter Carrier Political Fund than before in such a short time. Thank you for your participation and contribution. We have grown our participation by nearly 2% increase in 2018. We are headed in the right direction. Keep it up Texas! This is what we use to protect Letter Carriers from coast to coast.
Each board member will be out and about getting this information to you, the members. We look forward to seeing all Branch Presidents at the Committee of Presidents (COP) in Denton on January 26, 2019. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am. All committee selections will take place at this time. Branch Secretaries, please get your delegate lists to the Forrest Shephard, TSALC Secretary as soon a possible to get your members in for selection for convention committees.
Hopefully y’all have made plans to join the State Association in lobbying our members of congress in Washington, DC from February 25-28, 2019. We will have Letter Carrier Congressional Liaisons (LCCLs) from across the state meet with all of our representatives to benefit all letter carriers and our community.
Not to forget the Region 10 NBA Spring School in San Marcos, TX from February 17-18, 2019. Come prepared to learn all kinds of contractual information. For more information Contact Region 10 NBA Javier Bernal’s office at (281) 540-5628.
Thank You and God Bless,
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.