Jim Williams assumes the office of NALC Executive
Vice President with a reputation for going the extra mile to defend
members' rights and a determination to boost member participation
in union affairs from the workfloor to Capitol Hill.
Williams, elected by acclamation at the 2002 Philadelphia convention,
comes to the union's No. 2 position following more than a quarter
century of union service, most recently eight years as National
Business Agent for Pacific Northwest Region 2.
The Portland, Oregon Branch 82 member began his postal career
in 1973, and just three years later started standing up for letter
carriers as a steward at the Rose City Park Post Office.
"I joined the union soon after hiring and became active because
I could not stand to see letter carriers mistreated by managers
and supervisors who were blinded by their arrogance," he said.
After several years as a steward and a branch trustee, Williams
became an EI facilitator in 1984 and was appointed RAA for Region
2 the following year.
He served for more than nine years as RAA before being elected
Region 2 NBA by acclamation at NALC's 1994 and 1998 conventions.
He was educated at Portland State University, the University of
Oregon Labor Education Program and the University of Colorado
Labor School, gaining expertise in arbitration advocacy and training
"My goals are simple," Williams said. "I believe
that by focusing on training and leadership development, our stewards
and officers at all levels will be more effective. We must get
involved in every aspect of our jobs through activism in our union."
"In my 30 years in the Postal Service, the NALC has always
been there for me and my family," he added. "Our duty
is to continue that tradition.
"Apathy is the greatest foe we face. Only by getting the
maximum participation from our membership can we be successful."
Williams and his wife, Jeanne, have two sons and a
daughter. He succeeds Bill Young, who was elected National