President's 2018 2nd Quarter Report
As the summer begins, thousands of letter carriers are working their routes, “be safe, drink water, and take needed breaks”. The heat is no joke and not forgiving. Look for the signs of heat related symptoms and take precautions because heat exhaustion and heat strokes can occur to anyone of us out there.
For those members are on or planning summer vacations with their families, enjoy the leave that was negotiated by collective bargaining. In just a few short weeks, thousands of NALC members will descend on Detroit for our national convention. I can’t wait to see y’all there, travel safe.
I would like to take this moment to thank all of the branches that welcomed the State Association board members to come speak to their members during the branch meetings. This opportunity window has allowed the State Association to alert our members of the environment we all are in. Awareness is key. This is what the Texas State Association was intended to do… inform, teach, and mobilize. Our mission is to get members registered to vote, active in the election process, and encourage everyone to contribute to the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF). Big shout out to all the board members and LCCLs who have been doing just that… informing, teaching, and mobilizing.
Recently the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled on Janus vs AFSCME. The decision was 5-4 in favor of Janus. You can find the opinion here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-1466_2b3j.pdf
This case was backed by billionaires to divide workers and target all government employees, teachers, fire fighters, and police unions. Three other cases the SCOTUS’ opinion affects workers, was decided again by a 5-4 majority, forcing workers into arbitration and not allow them to file class action lawsuits.
Compound these decisions with the proposed privatization of the United States Postal Service by the Trump administration and the burden of the prefunding mandate. They are looking to take your hard worked for earnings from your pocket into theirs.
Will you join us? Our livelihood depends on it. Contribute to the LCPF, there are coordinators, branch leaders, and of course your Texas State Board members available to help you sign up today.
Thank you and God Bless,
Carlos Rodriguez Jr.