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No. 05-06   April 8, 2005
 

Topics in this issue:

   
 
Testimony by PMG Potter Postponed
Passing of Pope John Paul II
Halts Postal Reform Action
    NALC legislative activists from throughout much of the South and New York State swarmed over Capitol Hill during the week of April 4-8, keeping their senators and representatives up to date on the union’s position on critical aspects of postal reform legislation.

Unfortunately, due to the death of Pope John Paul II and subsequent plans for many lawmakers to attend his funeral in Rome, Congress was in recess much of the time causing a change in the schedule for congressional action on the legislation.

Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, postponed a hearing entitled “U.S. Postal Service: What is Needed to Ensure its Future Viability?” set for April 7 at which Postmaster General John E. Potter was scheduled to testify. Collins was among those designated to represent Congress at the Pope’s funeral service.

NALC President William H. Young led the union in expressing condolences on the passing of Pope John Paul II on April 2:

“The warmth, courage and caring displayed by Pope John Paul II in dealing not only with members of his own church, but with peoples of all religions and nations, has had a lasting impact on the entire world,” Young said. “His outspoken support of human rights and the Solidarnosc union movement that led to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe is a major legacy of his papacy.”

It was to have been the first postal reform hearing since Collins, along with Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and George Voinovich (R-OH), introduced a new bill (S. 662) in the Senate. The bill is similar to H.R. 22 introduced earlier by Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee. (See NALC Bulletin 05-05).

Undeterred, hundreds of letter carriers from New York, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina went ahead and conferred with available senators and representatives or their staff members handling postal issues.

NALC President William H. Young remarked that the union’s 150,000 activists will continue using every opportunity throughout spring and summer to counsel House and Senate members both in Washington and at home in order to win enactment of a postal reform bill that will ensure a vital U.S. Postal Service for decades to come, well-paid and secure jobs for all letter carriers, and continuation of the best delivery system in the world for our postal customers.

NALC Activists from South and New York
Confer with Their Lawmakers on Issues
Right: President Young discusses carrier issues at Region 9 (Atlanta) congressional breakfast as Florida State President John Giordano observes. Left: Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) addresses the New York NALC Congressional Breakfast April 7. At top, the NALC delegation from Puerto Rico and others pose with Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuño (R-PR), fifth from left, after NY breakfast.
Includes ‘Rap Session’
NALC National Conference Set
for August 26-28 in Hollywood, FL
 

IN MEMORIAM:
Martha Kathy Rademacher

It is with deep sorrow that the NALC advises the membership of the death on April 5 of Martha Kathy Rademacher, wife of President Emeritus James Rademacher.

Funeral services were conducted April 7 from Colonial Avenue Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to President Emeritus Rademacher and his family at 4621 Heather Drive SW, Apartment 214, Roanoke, VA 24018-1991.

NALC President William H. Young announced that the union will conduct a National Conference August 26-28 at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, midway between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

The NALC Constitution calls for national conferences for state and branch presidents and their designees to be held in those years when there is no National Convention.

An opening reception will be held Friday evening, August 26. Morning and afternoon workshops will be held on Saturday, August 27, and a “Rap Session” will take place Sunday morning August 28. It is expected to conclude by 1 p.m.

Reservations can be made by calling the Westin Diplomat at 1-888-627-9057. A nightly rate of $149 single/double is available until July 26. Identify yourself as an NALC member attending the conference and rap session when you call. The rate is good for three days before and three days after the conference, depending on availability.

Soccer Star Freddy Adu Performs in Television PSA
Rural Carriers President Holton
Urges Food Drive Participation
 
Teen-age soccer star Freddy Adu and NALC member Alicia Tutt are shown during taping of television PSA to promote the food drive shot at Adu’s home in suburban Washington, DC. (USPS photo by Gerald Merna)
Dale Holton, president of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA), has again gone to bat in the fight against hunger by encouraging rural carrier participation in the May 14 NALC National Food Drive.

Holton, in an article in his union’s magazine, urged rural carriers to give a helping hand to city carriers to make the nationwide drive a huge success.

“Rural letter carriers are concerned over the plight that hunger causes in this country and have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with city letter carriers to advertise and collect food in order for the food drive to be successful,” Holton wrote in The National Rural Letter Carrier.

“The NRLCA encourages its members to participate in community and humanitarian efforts such as the NALC food drive,” Holton added.

Branch food drive coordinators should pass on the following satellite feed information to their local television stations and cable TV systems:

Satellite PSA Transmission Information

Thursday, April 14, 2005
2:15 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET – Intelsat A 6 (C), Transponder 10; Audio at 6.2 & 6.8
Downlink Freq. 3900 (H)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005
2:15 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET – Intelsat A 6 (C), Transponder 16; Audio at 6.2 & 6.8
Downlink Freq. 4020 (H)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005
10:15 AM ET – 10:30 AM ET – Intelsat A 6 (C), Transponder 16; Audio at 6.2 & 6.8
Downlink Freq. 4020 (H)

SATELLITE CONTROL ROOM: (312) 644-0112

Since assuming presidency of the NRLCA, Holton has worked closely with NALC on a number of important issues, including postal reform, and also addressed the 64th Biennial NALC National Convention in Honolulu last July.

NALC President William H. Young applauded the renewed support and participation of thousands of rural letter carriers in the May 14 drive.

“Hunger has no geographical boundaries and the assistance of rural carriers in the drive allows our effort to expand into millions of homes and sometimes entire communities,” Young said. “Rural postal customers have been generous in their donations in the past and we look forward to another good collection this year thanks to our friends in the Rural Carriers union.”

Campbell Soup continued its outstanding support of the food drive by engaging 15-year-old soccer superstar Freddy Adu of the champion D.C. United to tape a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to be shown on television stations across the nation.

Joining Adu in the PSA is one of the Postal Service’s new “ambassadors” – Alicia Tutt, a member of Arlington, Virginia NALC Branch 3520.

 

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