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NALC auxillary logoNational Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary

The National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary was established in 1905 by a group of women interested in letter carrier issues because of their relationships as the wives, daughters, mothers and sisters of letter carriers. The aim of the Auxiliary (known then as the National Ladies Auxiliary) was to assist in gaining favorable legislation to provide better working conditions for letter carriers, including laws providing for Sunday closing, shorter work days, sick leave, compensation for injuries received while on duty, salary increases, and annuities for widows and survivors.

Delegates to NALCA’s 55th Biennial Convention in Los Angeles, CA

Today, NALCA membership has expanded to include relatives and friends of letter carriers as well as spouses, but the basic goal of promoting the interests of letter carriers and their families remains the same.




Since 1905, NALCA has helped fight battles in Congress and other areas for the betterment of letter carrier families and the United States Postal Service. Our continued success is enhanced by the hard work and growing membership of Auxiliary locals throughout the country.

Mission statement

The NALC Auxiliary’s mission is to support and promote the objectives, the political activities and the charities of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO.

Vision statement

  • First, actively influence legislation that will be friendly to letter carrier issues.
  • Second, endorse charitable support.
  • Third, promote the image of the letter carrier.

Objectives of the Auxiliary

  1. To unite fraternally the members of the NALC Auxiliary
  2. To assist the NALC in its objective of bettering the conditions of letter carriers and their image, as well as the image of the United States Postal Service
  3. To become politically active in elections and encourage the political activity of letter carriers
  4. To unite NALC members, their families, friends and auxiliary members and encourage support for one another


Cythensis Lang, president


Cythensis Lang was elected president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary at the 2014 NALCA convention in Philadelphia. She has been a member of NALCA since 1990. Lang is also the president of Auxiliary 2517 in Mobile, AL, and president of the Auxiliary for the state of Alabama. She was elected to the National Auxiliary board at the 2006 NALCA Convention in Las Vegas. She is married to Vincent, a retired letter carrier of Mobile, AL Branch 469 and a member of Mobile Auxiliary 2517. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandsons.

319 Chelsea Court | Satsuma, AL 36572 | 251-679-4052 |

Cynthia Martinez, vice president


Cynthia Martinez has been a member of Phoenix, AZ Auxiliary 377 since 1989. From the late '90s, she has served as president of Auxiliary 337 and the Arizona State Auxiliary. Martinez was elected vice president of the national board at the 2014 Philadelphia Convention. She is politically active,campaigning for candidates who support letter carriers and working families. Her husband, Steven, was a trustee and former director of retirees for Phoenix Branch 576. They have two children and two grandchildren.

3532 Mauna Loa Lane | Phoenix, AZ 85053 | 602-505-2215 |

Crystal Bragg, secretary

Crystal Bragg was elected NALCA secretary at the 2018 NALCA Convention in Detroit. She has been a member of NALCA for 20 years. She is the president of Decatur, IL Auxiliary 153 and has also served as state president. She is married to Christopher Bragg, an active carrier and a member of Decatur, IL Branch 317. They have two children and three grandchildren.

835 Westland Dr. | Mt. Zion, IL 62549 | 217-864-4684 |

Linda Davis, assistant secretary

DavisLinda Davis is president of her local—Yakima, WA Auxiliary 194—and helped bring it back to life. She also is a small-business owner, creating baked goods since 2012. Her letter carrier and husband of 11 years, T.J., is an active letter carrier who serves as vice president of Yakima Branch 852. The Davises have two daughters and a son.

620 S 70th Ave | Yakima, WA 98908 | (509) 969-1334 |

Pam Fore, treasurer

Pam ForePam Fore joined the Auxiliary in 2010. She has served as secretary of her local Lakeland, FL Auxiliary and helped increase its membership by 90 percent in 2012. Fore worked for 20 years at a major trucking company in the human resources/safety department. She is now a homemaker. Fore’s letter carrier husband, Steve, is an active letter carrier and member of Lakeland Branch 1779. They are both active in their church and community.

3618 Hileman Drive S | Lakeland, FL 33810-2693 | 863-853-2113 |


Women organized the Auxiliary

Interested in letter carrier issues, female relatives sought to assist carriers and their families

Auxillary Founding OfficersThe National Ladies’ Auxiliary—forerunner of today's NALC Auxiliary—was established by a group of women interested in letter carrier issues because of their relationships as the wives, daughters, mothers and sisters of letter carriers. Women in carrier families had already formed local associations in various parts of the country, but the difficult years of 1902-1905 inspired a more unified national effort.

The effort took concrete shape in 1905. The NALC’s fifth national convention, to be held in Portland, OR, was imminent. A group of women from the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Branch 82 in Portland decided to use this opportunity to invite letter carriers' wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters to meet for the purpose of organizing a national Auxiliary.

Seventy-two women from 52 cities in 26 states responded to the organizing call and, paying their own expenses to the convention, founded the National Ladies’ Auxiliary on Sept. 5, 1905. Nellie Heffelfinger, a member of Branch 24’s Auxiliary in Los Angeles, CA, was unanimously elected the first president. Four days later, the NALC formally recognized its new partner.

In her first official report to the membership, president Heffelfinger stated the objects of the new organization as:

  • First, to bring together in a social way the wives, daughters, mothers and sisters of carriers.
  • Second, to aid wherever possible the carriers, both socially and financially.
  • Third, to minister to the sick and in case of death lend a helping hand to the bereaved.
  • Fourth, in future to be able to carry insurance in the Mutual Benefit Association at a reasonable rate.

She ended her statement with this command: “Then let us be up and doing!”

1950 25th Anniversary Party of Auxiliary Branch 280, Williamsport PAAnd they were, in fact, “up and doing.” During the early part of the 20th century, letter carriers were bound by a “gag rule” imposed by President Theodore Roosevelt, which jeopardized a carrier's job for even speaking to a congressman.

Even though women would not gain the right to vote for 20 years after the Letter Carriers Auxiliary was born, the old saying, “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world,” proved to have clout. The collective voice of the women of the Auxiliary was heard in Washington. Together, the National Association of Letter Carriers and its Auxiliary have, throughout the years, brought about much needed change.

During the 1940s, the Auxiliary membership numbered more than 26,000, and one of the Auxiliary’s main goals was getting substitutes enough hours of work to make a living. Toward this end, Auxiliary members wrote letters to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, explaining the plight of these carriers, who would show up at the post office each day without any guarantee of work, hoping to have enough hours available to feed their families. Mrs. Roosevelt summoned the president of the Auxiliary to her office for discussion about these conditions.

Today, with letter carriers gaining benefits through contract negotiation and arbitration, some think that Auxiliary membership is not necessary. On the contrary, many benefits must be achieved through the action of Congress. The Auxiliary is instrumental in this process, as well as in helping repel the ever-present specter of privatization, which some members of Congress mistakenly think would be beneficial.

The Auxiliary also works together with the NALC in its endeavor to generate and collect funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Auxiliary consists of Auxiliary locals affiliated with NALC local branches. Any letter carrier family member or significant other over the age of 16, or any retired NALC member, can become a member of the NALC Auxiliary.


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Request for a National Auxiliary officer to attend a state convention

You can formally request a National Auxiliary officer to attend your state convention by filling out this form and returning it to National Auxiliary President Cythensis Lang.

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Auxiliary conventions are held in conjunction with the biennial conventions of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

During daily sessions, delegates deliberate on the business of the organization, hear updates from national officers on current programs and future plans, listen to congressional speakers on legislation and political issues, and find out about current developments in Muscular Dystrophy research from MDA representatives, including the MDA goodwill ambassador. Member-delegates decide on future support of charitable works and new directions and activities to promote the welfare of letter carriers and their families.

Throughout the week, the Auxiliary seeks to broaden camaraderie and fellowship between its members, thereby strengthening the organization to carry on its work in support of the NALC.



The State of the Auxiliary (August 2020)


This is the eighth month of 2020, and so much has happened:

  • Coronavirus pandemic
  • Racial tension
  • Protests
  • The NALC and NALCA convention canceled
  • The world shut down

It has been said that the Post Office as we know it will be no more if we do not get the funding that is needed to help it survive. 

2020 is also a critical year for the Auxiliary. As you can see by the financial reports below, the Auxiliary will be without money at the end of the year. Each year, the number of members has dropped and there seems to be little or no interest in the Auxiliary from the younger letter carriers and their families. Most younger letter carriers and their families have never heard of the Auxiliary.

This is the history of the National Ladies Auxiliary to the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALCA):

The NALCA was organized on Sept. 5, 1905, in Portland, OR, with a charter membership of 72, representing 18 states.

The first national convention, held two years later in Canton, OH, indicated per the report of the secretary, 34 letter carriers auxiliaries had been organized with many more prospects.

During the early years of our organization, the growth of membership was slow; this was due, perhaps, to the fact that women were not an important factor in civic or political life during this period. However, following the enactment of the National Suffrage Act, our Auxiliary, following the trend of women’s organizations, made marked increases in growth and membership throughout the country. We now have membership all over the United States and auxiliaries in 50 states.

The state auxiliary movement came into existence in 1921, and our records show at that time a total of 45 state auxiliaries functioning under charters granted by the National Auxiliary.

The National Auxiliary has rendered every possible assistance in helping to secure legislation of priceless benefits to the letter carriers, including salary increases, shorter Saturday workdays, retirement, Sunday closing laws, sick leave with pay, increased compensation for injuries received while on duty, the 40-hour workweek, substitute carriers’ legislation, and annuities for widows and survivors.

We have also given our full support to the subsidiary organizations for the National Association of Letters Carriers, namely the Mutual Benefit Association, National Sick Benefit Association and the Health Benefit Plan, in which our membership should have vital and essential interest.

The National Ladies Auxiliary is the largest postal auxiliary in the world and worthy of every effort to maintain this standard and improve every possible opportunity to add to our membership.

The Auxiliary has changed over the years. We went from Ladies Auxiliary to Auxiliary because we have members who are men and we are now Families and Friends of Letters Carriers because we want to include all who are supporters of the letter carriers. The one thing that has remained the same is our commitment to our letter carriers and the causes that affect their/our lives. If things do not change, 2020 will become the beginning of the end of the Auxiliary.

Where do we go from here? What is the future of the Auxiliary? These are questions that have to be answered.

You may contact any member of the Auxiliary Board with your suggestions. We will discuss your thoughts as a board and get back to you ASAP.

Sept. 5, 2020, will mark 115 years of service to the letter carriers.

The future of the NALCA (Family and Friends of Letter Carriers) is in your hands!

In solidarity—


Join the NALC Auxiliary

Those eligible for regular membership in the NALC Auxiliary include spouses, family members, significant others and friends over the age of 16 of regular or retired members of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Retired letter carriers in good membership standing with NALC also are eligible for membership.

Spouses, family members, significant others and friends over the age of 16 of deceased NALC members are eligible for membership provided the deceased was an NALC member in good standing at the time of death.

Membership in the NALC Auxiliary is $20 per year.

How can you make a difference?

The Auxiliary consists of locals affiliated with NALC’s local branches. Any letter carrier family member, significant other or friend over the age of 16 can be a member.

You can make a difference in the NALC Auxiliary…

  • Like all democratic institutions, the Auxiliary gets its strength from its members.
  • By joining the Auxiliary, you help your own family and spouse or significant other—as well as thousands of others—win the support they need.
  • Get in touch with legislators to get their support of letter carriers’ issues.
  • Help letter carrier causes by representing them in various community charities and activities.

Click here to download the form. Print it, fill it out and return it to a local Auxiliary member.