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Daily convention updates
Convention Chronicle, Friday, August 13—covering the fifth session:
Delegates put their words into action by joining an AFL-CIO "Paychecks Pay the Bills" rally in downtown Los Angeles; President Rolando addressed the crowd and media, explaining how eliminating a day of delivery would cost 80,000 jobs in an economy that can ill afford any more job losses; AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains that jobs are the no. 1 issue for the labor movement; the MDA ambassador thanks delegates who attended the MDA workshop for their charitable efforts; and NALC honored eight retired or retiring officers at the Retiring Officers' Dinner. Click here to read the Friday Chronicle.
Convention Chronicle, Thursday, August 12—covering the fourth session:
Delegates weigh in on the bargaining strategy for the next contract; the wife of a fallen carrier thanked the delegates
for the overwhelming support they
had extended to her and her
family following her tragedy; a speech from Odd Christian Overland, president
of Postkom, the union
representing letter carriers in
Faux, a distinguished
Policy Institute explains the current economic crisis; Billy Hayes,
carriers in the United Kingdom, addressed the convention; a number of resolutions were debated; COLCPE and MDA awards were awarded; and Minneapolis carriers looked forward to the 2012 convention. Click here to read the Thursday Chronicle.
Convention Chronicle, Wednesday, August 11—covering the third session:-
Elections for national officers, trustees and business agents—some familiar faces and some new faces, with some contested regional elections on the way this fall; a speech from American Postal Workers Union President William Burrus; a 30-minute video commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Great Postal Strike; greetings to the convention from Presidents Emeriti Vincent Sombrotto and James Rademacher; $24,000 collected for the families of two fallen letter carriers; a number of National Agreement and general resolutions; a call to political activism from Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA); a video history of past and recent Stamp Out Hunger national food drives, plus a recognition of this year's top collecting branches; committee reports; the Auxiliary's daily update; and coverage of President Rolando's historic first pitch at Angel Stadium Tuesday for "NALC Night." Click here to read the Wednesday Chronicle.
Convention Chronicle, Tuesday, August 10—covering the second session:-
A rousing speech from UMWA President Cecil Roberts; a video outlining the NALC's ongoing fight to save Saturday mail delivery service (video will be posted online later); awards for the best organized branches, states and regions—and the ones that have most improved their numbers; a speech from NRLCA President Don Cantriel; convention business over a couple of National Agreement resolutions; branch publication awards; a speech from Union Network International's Neil Anderson; band committee report; a report from the NALC Auxiliary (as well as a recap of their day's events; awards for e-Activist Network participation; report from the Uniform Committee; and a clarification on DOIS and route adjustments. Click here to read the Tuesday Chronicle. As an added bonus, click here to read the special Monday-Tuesday coverage in the NALC Bulletin.
Convention Chronicle, Monday, August 9—covering the first session:-
The opening ceremonies and introductions; President Rolando's keynote address, which touched on a number of topics critical to letter carriers, plus discussion of the "Rally for Jobs" scheduled in Los Angeles on Friday; a presentation by Red Plum discussing the success of the "Have You Seen Me?" missing child campaign; preliminary report from the Credentials Committee; introduction of the Board of Tellers; plans for the Friday rally in L.A.; a rundown of the speech by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); and a rundown of the resolutions considered, approved and disapproved. The Chronicle also features a recap of the Auxiliary's convention's first day, and coverage of Sunday's opening reception and the MDA motorcycle giveaway. Click here to read the Monday Chronicle.