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Dan Pittman

Monitoring & Enforcement of Memo on Residual Vacancies

December 2013

NALC Headquarters has authorized this office to assign a point person responsible for monitoring the enforcement of the Memo on Residual Vacancies (M-01824) and to make sure every Residual Vacancy is filled. I am writing to let you know Charlie Sexton has been assigned to this office for the next couple of months as OUR point person. Charlie and the rest of the office will be working diligently to see that every vacant route is filled and every possible CCA is converted to Full-Time Career Status. NALC is taking steps and spending considerable resources to ensure that CCA's who should be converted to full-time regular status are converted in accordance with the Memo, hence Charlie's detail. Click here to read more.

Dan Pittman

Arbitration Board Issues Award

January 2013

Arbitration board issues award: The three-person board of arbitrators has issued a final and binding award that sets the terms of a four-and-a-half-year collective-bargaining agreement between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, NALC President Fredric Rolando announced on Jan. 11. Click here to read more.

Fredric V. Orlando

Branch Mergers in Region 5

November 2012

I want to congratulate the Iowa City, Iowa Branch #483 for merging with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Branch #373. This is a relatively large merger that will provide more than adequate representation for these Branches. Now the Cedar Rapids Branch will be able to add a Steward to supplement the Stewards they presently have. Congratulations to Barb Sisley of Iowa City and Brian Rubner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Dan Pittman

Sims Appointed RAA in Region 5

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

NALC President Rolando has appointed Mark Sims, Branch 203, Springfield, MO to fill the vacant Regional Administrative Assistant (RAA) position in Region 5. Mark will be in the office full-time effective February 7, 2011.

Mark Sims

Jim Beach, New ISALC President

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Congratulations to Jim Beach, Branch 644, Muscatine, Iowa as the new ISALC President effective January 1, 2011.

Jim Beach

Stephanie Stewart, New ISALC Vice-President

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Congratulations to Stephanie Stewart, Branch 352, Des Moines (Central Iowa Merged), as the new ISALC Vice-President effective January 1, 2011.

Stephanie Stewart

Danny R Pittman, National Business Agent

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The 30 national officers of the National Association of Letter Carriers, plus seven AFL-CIO delegates, were installed in a special ceremony in Washington Saturday. Danny Pittman is the new National Business Agent for NALC Region 5.

Dan Pittman

PMG Potter to Retire

Monday, October 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — After nearly 10 years as U.S. Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service, John E. Potter today announced that he will retire on Dec. 3, after 32 years of service.

The Governors of the Postal Service named Patrick R. Donahoe, currently Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Potter.

A New York City native, Potter is credited with modernizing management, introducing long-term, strategic thinking necessary in a complex and changing marketplace, and transforming the Postal Service into a service-driven customer-focused and cost-sensitive organization. (Click here for additional information and details on Potter’s Postal Service career.)

PMG Potter

2010 NALC Food Drive

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is on the verge of setting a milestone—breaking through the one billion pound level in total donations collected since the drive began in 1993.

NALC President Fred Rolando is challenging all branches to increase their effort in the 2010 drive scheduled for Saturday, May 8—the second Saturday in May—and to surpass the record 73.4 million pounds delivered to community food banks and pantries in 2009.

Stamp Out Hunger

Birkett Appointed RAA in Region 5

President Rolando has appointed, effective August 3, Michael J. Birkett, 53, of Branch 257 in Dubuque, Iowa, as RAA in the St. Louis Region (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas) to fill the position of Nicole Rhine, who was appointed National Assistant Secretary-Treasurer when George Mignosi was elevated to Vice President.

Birkett, president of the Iowa State Association since 2003, served three years with the U.S. Army Military Police before joining the Postal Service in 1984. He quickly became active in the NALC and served 10 years as branch president, among other posts. (click here to read PDF press release)

Mike Birkett

Nicole Rhine Installed as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

On July 15, Rolando announced that he had appointed Region 5 RAA Nicole Rhine, a former President of Lincoln, Nebraska Branch 8, as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. Rhine, a Regional Administrative Assistant for the St. Louis Region since December 2006 and a former President of the Nebraska State Association, succeeds Mignosi. Congratulations Nicole!

Nicole Rhine

Rolando Installed as 18th NALC President

Fredric V. Rolando, a member of Sarasota, Florida Branch 2148, has been installed as the 18th President of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He officially became leader of the union on July 4.
(click here to read press release)

Fredric V. Orlando

NALC President Young Announces Retirement

President William H. Young has officially announced his retirement date — July 3, 2009.
He has served 43 years as a letter carrier and 30 years as an officer of the NALC.
Read President Young's Biography.

William H. Young

A Challenge From NALC President William Young

President Young is challenging all members, both active and retired, to "Gimme Five" for COLCPE. The percentages of working families who continue to have health benefits is falling every year. Pension funds are being under funded. Its only a matter of time before your benefits are attacked. COLCPE supports candidates who support working families and letter carriers. We all need to contribute. Let's read your name in the Postal Record next February.

William H. Young
NALC's Field Plan for the Future

NALC President William H. Young, introduced the new Field Plan for State Organizations at the State Legislative Chairs Meeting which took place on January 31, 2006. The plan, which will be introduced to the delegates at the Iowa State Convention in Ft. Dodge, outlines basic steps every state needs to take to lay the groundwork for meaningful legislative and political activism. It includes developing leaders' skills to run legislative and political campaigns as well as to work with organizations outside of the NALC. It defines advanced techniques to run local and statewide campaigns by activists. The plan is divided into 4 main categories: Infrastructure, Communication, Education and Activism.

By the time this Field Plan is completed, the NALC will have an incredibly powerful tool to advance its legislative and political agenda; its members.

NALC 2009 Food Drive

A record 36 branches accross Iowa particpated in this years NALC nation wide food drive conducted on May 9, 2009. Thanks go out to the members who donated their time and efforts as well as to the branch coordinators. All food collected by the individual branches was given to local food pantries. (Also see: NALC 2009 Food Drive Branches and Coordinators)