WASHINGTON – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) announced today that its long-serving lobbyist George B. Gould will retire at the end of the year. Gould has served two NALC presidents as an Assistant for Legislative and Political Affairs since coming to the union in 1979.
Gould was hired by former NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto after a distinguished 15-year career on Capitol Hill, the last three of which were spent as the staff director of the House Subcommittee on Postal Operations and Services.
Over the years Gould served as chairman of the FAIR coalition (the Fund for Assuring and Independent Retirement), a postal-federal employee grouping that fought to protect and enhance federal employee pensions and other benefits. He was also instrumental in building the NALC’s political action fund (COLCPE) into one of the nation’s largest labor PACs. Gould’s work for NALC helped bring about greater political freedom for federal workers through the reform of the Hatch Act in 1993 and has advanced the cause of postal reform legislation that remains pending before Congress.
“America’s letter carriers have benefitted tremendously from George’s many years of service as NALC’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” said NALC President William H. Young. “On behalf of our 300,000 members across the country, I want to thank George for his dedicated service and wish him and his wife, Diane, a happy and healthy retirement.”