National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed http://www.nalc.org/rss/ National Association of Letter Carriers News Feed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 What to do if you do not receive an NALC ballot https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/what-to-do-if-you-do-not-receive-an-nalc-ballot-2022 Tue, 04 Oct 2022 12:33:27 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/what-to-do-if-you-do-not-receive-an-nalc-ballot-2022 The ballots for the election of national officers for NALC have been mailed.

The National Election Committee, appointed at the Chicago National Convention to conduct the election, reviewed and approved all nominating forms and created the ballot for mailing. Official election instructions are included with all ballots mailed to eligible NALC members.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a regular member of NALC and in good standing as of June 1, 2022. National business agents (NBAs) will be elected by the members in their respective regions.

If you are eligible to vote and do not receive a ballot by Friday, Oct. 7, or if you have spoiled your ballot or need another ballot for any reason, you must notify a branch officer to request a duplicate ballot. When making this request, you should provide the branch officer with your name and current mailing address. Branch officers are instructed to immediately contact NALC at 202-393-4695 to request a duplicate, replacement ballot.

The deadline for branch officers to contact NALC is 4 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Ballots must be received by 4 p.m. Central time on Friday, Oct. 21, to be counted. The counting of ballots will begin on Oct. 22.

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Notification to NALC Election Candidates https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/notification-to-nalc-election-candidates Mon, 03 Oct 2022 14:29:41 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/notification-to-nalc-election-candidates Starting on Saturday, October 8, 2022, a member of the NALC Election Committee and representatives of Survey and Ballots Systems, the company retained by the committee to tabulate the election ballots, will begin retrieving undeliverable return-to-sender envelopes from the Eden Prairie, MN Post Office. The pick-up schedule each day at 1:00 PM CST will be as follows – October 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2022.

The Eden Prairie, MN Post Office is located at 8725 Columbine Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Each candidate for NALC election is allowed one observer for this portion of the NALC National Election.

Paul Roznowski
Chair, NALC Election Committee

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Contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/contribute-to-the-combined-federal-campaign Thu, 29 Sep 2022 10:24:35 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/contribute-to-the-combined-federal-campaign Since its inception in 1961, the CFC has raised more than $8.5 billion for charities and people in need.  More than $80 million was raised during the 2021 campaign with an additional $670 thousand raised during the special solicitation period due to the war in Ukraine.

Join us in honoring this milestone by making a donation to a charity of your choosing from over 2,000 nonprofit charitable organizations. Anyone can be a change maker through CFC! The campaign began on September 1, 2022 and ends on January 14, 2023.

“Letter carriers are known for taking care of our communities,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The CFC is a convenient way for letter carriers to support their favorite charities.”

CFC makes it easy for all federal employees to donate online and giving federal retirees an easy option for donating through deductions from their annuities. To donate online, an employee needs to register an account at givecfc.org. For more information on CFC and to view charities supported by the NALC, click here

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Branch and state presidents can register for virtual Branch Officers Training on Oct. 30 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-oct-30-22 Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:54:41 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/branch-officers-training-oct-30-22 House committee advances Social Security Fairness Act; contact your representative to bring it to the House floor https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/house-committee-advances-social-security-fairness-act Tue, 20 Sep 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/house-committee-advances-social-security-fairness-act Customer Connect has been upgraded https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/customer-connect-has-been-upgraded Mon, 19 Sep 2022 14:16:38 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/customer-connect-has-been-upgraded In July, city letter carriers were able to begin entering their own customer connect leads and receiving feedback on their submitted leads through the Mobile Delivery Device (MDD), when they are on street mode under option “U”.  City letter carriers now will also have the ability to enter their own leads and access their individual Lead Status Report through one of the following online options when logging in using their 8-Digit Employee Identification Number (EIN).

  • City letter carriers without ACE access can enter a lead through the “Submit a Lead” hyperlink on the USPS LiteBlue website
  • Employees with ACE computer access can use the “Submit a Lead” hyperlink on the USPS main Blue page, found the “Featured Topics” tab

By enabling city letter carriers to have access to their individual Lead Status Report, carriers can now follow their leads as they go through the sales process. They will know when and why a lead is closed, or when a lead was successfully sold and how much revenue was generated from their submitted lead.

For those city letter carriers who do not wish to enter their own leads, they can continue to follow the current process of submitting a completed Lead Card to their supervisor, manager or postmaster for entry.

These changes will shorten the lead follow up processes and improve the overall customer experience.

The "Submit a Lead" button will be available the on USPS LiteBlue website beginning Oct. 1. 

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NALC ballot printing delayed until Sept. 20 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-ballot-printing-delayed-until-sept-20 Fri, 16 Sep 2022 18:59:51 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-ballot-printing-delayed-until-sept-20 Due to a disabled printing press, Mosaic, the print communications company retained by the Election Committee to prepare and mail the ballots, will not begin printing the ballots for NALC's national and regional elections on Sept. 19, as previously announced. It is now planned that beginning on Sept. 20 and continuing until completion, components of the election mailing will be printed. As of this notice, there is no expected delay in the mailing of the ballots.

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Recent letter carrier deaths https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-91322 Tue, 13 Sep 2022 14:12:49 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/recent-letter-carrier-deaths-91322 Former Branch 3347 President William Bach dies

William “Bill” Bach died on Aug. 15. Brother Bach started his Postal Service career as a clerk in San Diego, CA in 1968. He became a letter carrier the following year and joined Branch 3347. Bach served Branch 3347 in several capacities, including as shop steward, vice president and president for 17 years. He retired from the Postal Service in 2004.

In 2019, Bach celebrated 50 years of NALC membership and received his gold card and 50-year lapel pin.

Bach is survived by his wife of 55 years Ellen and his two children, Eric and Lisa. He was 79. 

Covid-19 death

Florence Finks died on July 15. Sister Finks started her Postal Service career in 1974 and was a member of Northeastern New York Branch 358. She retired in 2004 after 30 years as a letter carrier. Finks is survived by her husband David and her two children, Nanette and Eric. She was 71.

Off-duty deaths

Henry Scites suffered a fatal accident at home on July 14. Brother Scites was a member of Huntington, WV Branch 359 and had been a city carrier assistant since March 2021. Before his time with the Postal Service, Scites served four years in the Army and was a boilermaker for 22 years. Scites is survived by his wife April, his son Jayden, and his two daughters, Shayla and Aliysa. He was 45.

Spencer Williams was the victim of an accidental drowning on Aug. 17. Brother Williams was a member of Chicago, IL Branch 11 and had been a letter carrier since October 2021. Williams is survived by many family members, including his 7-year-old son. He was 29. 

Richard Vega was the victim of a suspected homicide on Aug. 11. Brother Vega was a member of Ponce, PR Branch 826 and had been a letter carrier for one year. He was 42.

Carlos Cartagena was shot and killed after trying to break up a fight on Aug. 14. Brother Cartagena was a member of San Juan, PR Branch 869 and had been a letter carrier since August 2021. He was 34.

“NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of these members,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We mourn their losses and send our sympathies to their families, friends and colleagues.” 

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Share how the WEP and GPO have impacted you; House vote anticipated on Social Security Fairness Act https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/share-how-the-wep-and-gpo-have-impacted-you Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/share-how-the-wep-and-gpo-have-impacted-you Eight additional installations to convert CCAs to career status and directly hire career letter carriers https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/eight-additional-installations-to-convert-ccas-to-career-status-and-directly-hire-career-letter-carriers Thu, 01 Sep 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/eight-additional-installations-to-convert-ccas-to-career-status-and-directly-hire-career-letter-carriers In accordance with the May 24, 2022, Memorandum of Understanding Re: City Delivery Staffing Adjustment – Hiring Part-Time Flexible City Letter Carriers (M-01986), on Aug. 31, NALC and USPS signed another memorandum of agreement which provides for an additional eight installations in which the Postal Service will convert all city carrier assistants to part-time flexible (PTF) career status. Additionally, after these conversions are completed, the Postal Service will hire new PTF city letter carriers in these installations in order to reach and maintain an identified number of PTF city letter carriers on the rolls for each installation.

These agreements (M-01988 in NALC’s Materials Reference System) require the Postal Service to convert all city carrier assistants in the identified installations to part-time flexible career status as soon as practicable, but no later than the first day of the second full pay period following the date of the respective agreement.

As previously reported, while these agreements are designed to improve staffing in the covered installations and this agreement adds eight additional locations to an all-career workforce model, they will not fix all the staffing issues across the country. NALC representatives will continue working with USPS representatives to address the widespread staffing issues that continue to negatively impact letter carriers and our ability to serve our customers.

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NALC ballots to be printed, mailed https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-ballots-to-be-printed-mailed Tue, 30 Aug 2022 14:27:28 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/nalc-ballots-to-be-printed-mailed The National Election Committee, appointed at the Chicago National Convention to conduct the election of national officers for NALC, met on Aug. 17 to set the rules and procedures for the contested national and regional elections, as laid out in the NALC Constitution. It also was in Washington, DC on August 29 to hold the random drawing to determine the order of the names as they will appear on the ballot for each office.

Candidates for vice president, assistant secretary-treasurer, director of city delivery, director of safety and health, and 13 of the 15 national business agent (NBA) positions were unopposed and elected by consent at the Chicago convention. Two candidates were nominated from the floor for each of the following positions: president, secretary-treasurer, director of life insurance, director of health benefits, director of retired members, and NBAs for Regions 1 and 9. Three candidates were nominated from the floor for the position of executive vice president. Six candidates were nominated from the floor for three national trustee positions.

The election will be conducted by mail ballot in accordance with the NALC Constitution. The Election Committee has retained the services of Survey and Ballot Systems of Eden Prairie, MN, to tabulate the ballots. The committee has also retained Mosaic, a print communications company located in Cheverly, MD, to prepare and mail the ballots.

The committee will create the ballot for mailing. Official election instructions will be included with all ballots mailed to eligible NALC members.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a regular member of NALC and in good standing as of June 1, 2022. NBAs will be elected by the members in their respective regions.

Beginning on Sept. 19 and continuing until completion, components of the election mailing will be printed. Starting on Sept. 26 and continuing through Sept. 30, ballots will be prepared, inserted into envelopes and mailed.

Any active or retired member who does not receive a ballot by Oct. 7 is instructed that they must notify their branch officers. Those branches are instructed to immediately contact the NALC Membership Department to request a duplicate, replacement ballot.

The deadline for branch officers to contact the Membership Department is 4 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 11. Only a branch officer can request a duplicate ballot.

Ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Oct. 21, to be counted. The counting of ballots will begin the following day.

The results of the lottery selection determined the nominees will appear on the ballot in the following order:

President

—Brian L. Renfroe, Hattiesburg, MS Br. 938

—David Noble, Washington, DC Br. 142

Executive Vice President

—Maureen Valadie, Central Florida Br. 1091

—Kenneth R. Gibbs Jr., South Florida Br. 1071

—Paul Barner, Roswell, GA Br. 4862

Secretary-Treasurer

—Cie Sharp, Long Island Mgd., NY Br. 6000

—Nicole Rhine, Lincoln, NE Br. 8

Director of Retired Members

—Linda Kellam Mann, Minneapolis, MN Br. 9

—Daniel Toth, Lorain, OH Br. 583

Director of Life Insurance

—William E. Boone, Greater East Bay, CA Br. 1111

—James W. Yates, Long Island Mgd., NY Br. 6000

Director, Health Benefit Plan

—Matthew Webster, Cleveland, OH Br. 40

—Stephanie Stewart, Central Iowa Mgd. Br. 352

National Trustees (three positions)

—Charles P. Heege, New York, NY Br. 36

—Lawrence D. Brown Jr., Los Angeles, CA Br. 24

—Dorothy Kay Hall, Wenatchee, WA Br. 1350

—Sandra D. Laemmel, Detroit, MI Br. 1

—Rolando Rodriguez, Indianapolis, IN Br. 39

—Francisco Jose Cabrera, Greater East Bay, CA Br. 1111

Region 1 NBA

—Markeisha Lewis, Garden Grove, CA Br. 1100

—Calvin Brookins, Van Nuys, CA Br. 2462

Region 9 NBA

—Eddie Davidson, Durham, NC Br. 382

—Don Lyerly, West Coast Florida Br. 1477

The Election Committee, as appointed by President Fredric Rolando, is made up of Paul Roznowski, Royal Oak, MI Br. 3126 (chairman); Christa Abraham, Minneapolis, MN Br. 9; Eric Lomax, Jamaica, NY Br. 562; Rod Holub, Manhattan, KS Br. 1018; Delano Wilson, Silver Spring, MD Br. 2611; Antonia Shields, Birmingham, AL Br. 530; Ethel Ford, Houston, TX Br. 283; Tom Dlugolenski, Syracuse, NY Br. 134; Jeannette Triana, South Florida Br. 1071; Brian Wiggins, Seattle, WA Br. 79; and Andy Weiner, Jamaica, NY Br. 562.

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Election committee appointed https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/election-committee-appointed-2022 Thu, 18 Aug 2022 18:23:50 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/election-committee-appointed-2022 In accordance with Article 6, Section 7 of the NALC Constitution, on August 11, NALC President Fredric Rolando appointed a National Election Committee to oversee the conduct of the 2022 election of national officers.

The members of the National Election Committee are Christa Abraham, Minneapolis, MN Br. 9; Eric Lomax, Jamaica, NY Br. 562; Rod Holub, Manhattan, KS Br. 1018; Delano Wilson, Silver Spring, MD Br. 2611; Antonia Shields, Birmingham, AL Br. 530; Paul Roznowski, Royal Oak, MI Br. 3126; Ethel Ford, Houston, TX Br. 283; Tom Dlugolenski, Syracuse, NY Br. 134; Jeannette Triana, South Florida Br. 1071; Brian Wiggins, Seattle, WA Br. 79; and Andy Weiner, Jamaica, NY Br. 562.

Paul Roznowski was elected by the committee to be chairperson. Candidates may contact Roznowski at NALCElection2022@gmail.com. 

Further information will be mailed to the candidates. If they wish to receive information electronically, they may contact Roznowski at his email address.

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Friday Convention Chronicle https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/friday-convention-chronicle-22 Fri, 12 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/friday-convention-chronicle-22 Thursday Convention Chronicle https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/thursday-convention-chronicle-22 Thu, 11 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/thursday-convention-chronicle-22 Wednesday Convention Chronicle https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/wednesday-convention-chronicle-22 Thu, 11 Aug 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://www.nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/wednesday-convention-chronicle-22