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The North Carolina State Association of Letter Carriers' Executive Board




The GOP Tax Plan Tells Us Everything About Who Matters in American Democracy

The GOP says its plan is an effort to “fix our broken tax code,” and there can be no doubt that the code is broken. Our fabulously wealthy nation is mysteriously plagued by poverty. More than 40 million Americans currently live in poverty, including 11.5 million children. Over 41 million people live in what the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as “food insecure households.” Millions of Americans literally could not afford to eat at some point during 2016. Families living a little higher up the economic ladder generally have a tenuous hold on their middle-class status: 78 percent of U.S. households report living paycheck to paycheck.

Read more of this Huffington Post article here.


Spring Training Seminar to Be Held at Hampton Inn & Suites Southern Pines-Pinehurst
March 23-24, 2018

Rooms Also Available at
Townsplace Suites Southern Pines-Aberdeen

Information on making reservations at either hotel can be found on our Events page.

Help Letter Carriers Hurt by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Hurricane Maria’s recent direct hit on Puerto Rico has devastated that U.S. island territory in the Caribbean, while the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands are continuing their own long journey toward recovery following Hurricane Irma.

St. Croix and St. Thomas are the two heaviest populated U.S. Virgin Islands. After Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm on Sept. 6, the northern island of St. Thomas reported extensive property damage—one postal facility was a total loss, widespread communications and electricity cuts were commonplace, and fresh water was in short supply. Although the southern island of St. Croix received less damage, flooding was an ongoing concern.

For more information on how you can help, go here.

NALC Urges Carriers to Call Congress and Voice Opposition to 2018 Budget

These budget threats are very real. All letter carriers—as well as family members, friends and neighbors—need to contact representatives in the House and Senate now and through the end of September. Your legislators need to know that their voters object to slashing the incomes of active and retired letter carriers (and all federal employees) and to gutting the services and vital networks of the U.S. Postal Service.

NALC Government Affairs Dept

The White House released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal in May. It called for a variety of budget cuts aimed at federal employees—letter carriers included—cuts that are are now being actively considered by Congress, including:

  • Raising federal employees’ pension contributions by up to 6.45 percent of pay over the next six years, costing active letter carriers up to $3,600 per year.  

  • Eliminating cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future retirees under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

  • Reducing COLAs for the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants by one-half of 1 percent (that is, 0.5 percent) each year.

  • Reducing CSRS and FERS pension benefits for new retirees by basing annuities on employees’ highest average pay over five years (high-5) instead of over three years (high-3).

  • Eliminating the so-called “Social Security supplement” that covers the gap for workers who retire under FERS before they qualify for Social Security benefits at age 62.

  • Calling for $46 billion in vaguely defined cuts and revenue changes to the Postal Service, most likely through reducing the frequency of delivery (eliminating Saturday delivery) and scaling back door delivery.
Call your legislators in Washington now

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and be ready to provide your ZIP code to get connected with your House representative and with both of your senators.

Say:

“As a voter from [your district/your state], I urge you to oppose any budget resolution or any spending bill that calls for pay and benefit cuts for letter carriers, postal employees and federal employees or that attacks the vital services provided by the Postal Service.”

Mention how such cuts would affect you personally. Explain the potential harm a “yes” vote would mean for you, your family members, your co-workers and USPS.

Also, ask your adult family members, friends and neighbors to call their House member and both senators, as well.

North Carolina's Walter Jones Co-sponsors Important Postal Resolution


Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC-3) has just added his name as co-sponsor of H.Res. 28, “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the U.S. Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.”
 
By signing the resolution, Congressman Jones becomes the 239th representative to co-sponsor and only the fourth congressman in North Carolina, joining Alma Adams (D-NC-12), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) and David Price (D-NC-4).
 
You can email Congressman Jones here: Email Me to express your appreciation for his action. Or you can call his Washington office at 202-225-3415.

For a Fact Sheet on H.Res. 28 go here: Door Delivery


Craig Schadewald Elected President of the NC State Association of Letter Carriers At 107th State Convention in Charlotte

Tim Rorie Elected Vice President

From left to right: Richard Koritz, Danny Straub, Craig Schadewald, Tim Rorie, Christina Davidson, and Debbie Stone. In the background: Jeff Siciunas, Region 9 RAA.

    
Both President and Vice President Seats Contested
    
     Craig Schadewald of New Bern, Branch 780, fended off a challenge for the presidency of the North Carolina State Association of Letter Carriers at the 107th State Convention in Charlotte in June. The position opened up earler this year when Eddie Davidson of Durham, Branch 382, decided not to seek re-election after being tapped by NALC President Fred Rolando to serve as a political organizer for the Southeast. Prior to his election, Schadewald had served as the Association's vice president and had served briefly as president after Davidson's resignation.. 
     Schadewald's only challenger was Bill Wray of Raleigh, Branch 459. The final vote was Schadewald 405, Wray 137.
     Two candidates sought the vice presidency: Tim Rorie of Charlotte, Branch 545, and Reggie Gentle of Winston-Salem, Branch 461. Prior to the election, Gentle had served as Area 4's Representative. The final vote tally in that race was Rorie, 353 and Gentle, 194.
     There were other contested races but the closest was that for Director of Education. The incumbent, Frank Vega of Fayetteville, Branch 1128, narrowly defeated his challenger, Jamaal Mattocks of Raleigh, Branch 459. The final count: Vega, 276, Mattocks, 271.
     A list of the newly elected as well as re-elected officers for 2017-2019 can be found on our News page.

By-Laws Change Spurs Debate

      There were nearly 30 proposed by-laws changes, the most submitted in recent memory. Among those proposed changes was perhaps the most controversial in recent memory: a motion from the State Association's executive board to end its affiliation with the North Carolina AFL-CIO. Members of the Resolution Committee came before the state's delegates with a recommendation that the resolution be disapproved. This set up a spirited debate between those who wanted to end affiliation and those who wanted to remain affiliated.
     After debate, the majority of the state's delegates voted to end affiliation. However, the state's executive board encouraged each individual branch desiring to do so, to become affiliated.
     Since the by-laws will probably not be approved by National until some time after the NC AFL-CIO's state convention in September, the delegates voted not to send any delegates from our State Association.
     As a result of the vote, all references to the NC AFL-CIO in our state's by-laws were stricken.

Sites Selected for Training Seminars and Next State Convention

     In addition to officers, by-laws changes and resolutions, delegates to the 107th State Convention also voted on sites for their training seminars and their 2019 state convention. They are as follows:

     Spring Seminar, March 2018: Fayetteville.
     Fall Seminar, October 2018: Charlotte.
     Spring Seminar, March 2019: Wilmington.
     State Convention: June 2019: Charlotte.