The NALC Constitution, Article 3, Section 1 states:
The National Convention of this Union shall be held biennially in even-numbered years between the Fourth of July and third full week of August.
Thus, the 69th Biennial National Convention in 2014 has been set for July 21-25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The 70th Biennial National Convention in 2016 has been set for August 15-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
National Rap Sessions
Article 3 Section 4(b) of the NALC Constitution states:
(b). The National President shall, once each year except in the year of the National Convention, call a national conference. This conference shall be voluntarily attended by only State and Branch Presidents or their designees, with their expenses to be borne by the State Association or Branch represented.
National Conferences are better known as “rap sessions.”
RAP SESSION NEWS
2013 Rap Session: Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Click here to read a report.
2012 Minneapolis convention: Click here for videos, photos and the daily Convention Chronicle.
2011 Rap Session: Click here for The Postal Record's coverage of the 2011 national meeting in Las Vegas on Oct. 16.
2010 Anaheim convention: Web coverage, including video, press and the daily Convention Chronicle; day-by-day coverage of the entire convention from the September-October Postal Record
General Convention Information: History and background information on NALC biennial conventions
69th Biennial NALC Convention in Philadelphia
July 21-25, 2014—Pennsylvania Convention Center
Hotels for 2014 convention
Dec. 2, 2013—The NALC has made special arrangements with 23 hotels to accommodate letter carrier delegates attending the 2014 convention in Philadelphia, July 21-25. All NALC-block hotels are within one mile of the convention center; room rates are shown below. The room rates have been set so branches can begin budgeting for the convention. The list of hotels will appear in the September issue of The Postal Record. Please do not contact the hotels. All room reservations will be made through the NALC official housing company.
Click here for the hotel list printed in the September 2013 Postal Record.
NOTE: The reservation process does not start until February, and not until the branch’s delegate eligibility list (DEL) is received, delegates are registered, and the credentials are sent to the branch secretary.
NALC Headquarters will be advising its official housing company, Meeting Services Plus, of all confirmed registered delegates. Anyone booking a room who is not a confirmed registered delegate at the time of the booking will be subject to cancellation and will receive a notice of such.
Individuals are advised that they must go through their branch to make reservations and this cannot be done until the DEL has been received and processed, and credentials have been mailed to the branch secretary.
Do not contact the host branch officers about housing—they will not be able to assist you.
The DEL will be mailed to each branch in late January or early February and must be returned to Secretary-Treasurer Broendel’s office no later than May 21. The DEL lists the branch’s regular members in good standing as of Dec. 31, 2013. No housing information is included in the mailing of delegate eligibility lists. Branch secretaries should read the enclosed instructions thoroughly, complete the DEL fully and accurately, sign it, keep a copy for the branch, and return the original to Secretary-Treasurer Broendel’s
After Secretary-Treasurer Broendel’s office has received the DEL and registered the delegates, the credentials will be mailed to the branch secretary. Included with the credentials is information on the
housing process. This information includes a web address and a code specific to your branch so that you may reserve rooms for your delegates. Branch secretaries may prefer to copy the instructions and give them to each delegate to make their own reservations.
For branch secretaries or delegates who do not have Internet access, NALC will include with the credential mailing a room reservation form with a fax number, along with the phone number of the housing company. Branch secretaries with no Internet access may make reservations for all their
delegates in this manner or may wish to copy the forms and give to the delegates.
Reminder: Most NALC branches with more than 500 members register their members electronically rather than checking off the delegates on the DEL paper list. The option to register electronically was extended this year to all NALC branches with more than 300 members. Branches that received the electronic registration information must return the card that was enclosed to Secretary-Treasurer Broendel’s office no later than Dec. 31. Those branches will receive a USB drive that will contain the same information as the paper DEL.
Again, branch secretaries are reminded that no housing information will be included in the mailing of the delegate eligibility lists in late January or early February. That information will be provided when NALC Headquarters mails you the credentials. Branches and individuals are not to contact the hotels directly and must wait until credentials and NALC housing instructions are received.
amendments and resolution info
October 1, 2013—All branch and state association secretaries are alerted that the Convention Call and accompanying materials will be mailed from National Headquarters this month.
Delegates—Article 4, Section 1 of the NALC Constitution states:
Each branch having twenty (20) or
less members shall be entitled to one
delegate and one vote in the National Convention. Branches having more
than twenty (20) members shall be
entitled to one delegate and one vote for each twenty (20) members, or fraction thereof. Each State Association shall be entitled to two Delegates-at-Large. National Officers and Delegates-at-Large shall each be entitled to one vote....
As defined in Article 4, Section 4:
The number of members for whom per capita tax is paid to the National Association for the term beginning October 1 prior to each Biennial Convention shall determine the number of votes and delegates to which the Branch is entitled at such Convention.
Please note: The NALC Constitution calls for election of delegates from branches to be made no later than Dec. 31 of the year preceding the convention year. Please see Article 6, Section 3 of the Constitution of the Government of State Associations for information on the election of delegates-
Amendments—All proposed amendments submitted for the consideration of the delegates at the national convention in Philadelphia must conform to the provisions of Article 19, Section 2 of the NALC Constitution, which reads as follows:
Proposed amendments to the Constitution of the NALC, the Constitution for the Government of Subordinate and Federal Branches, and the Constitution for the Government of State Associations may be presented in writing in the manner herein set forth: (a) by any member of a Branch in good standing, signed by him/her, at a regular meeting of the Branch; providing, the proposal is endorsed by two-thirds of the members present and voting at the meeting; and (b) by any member of the NALC Executive Council, signed by him/her, at a regularly-called meeting of the Executive Council; provided, the proposal is endorsed by two-thirds of the members of the Executive Council present and voting at the meeting. Proposals thus qualifying shall be forwarded to the National Secretary-Treasurer in duplicate, each on a separate sheet of paper, at least sixty (60) days prior to the Convention, signed by the Branch President and Secretary, and in the case of the Executive Council by the Chairperson and Secretary thereof. These proposed amendments shall be printed in the official Journal of this Association at least 30 days prior to the National Convention. All proposed amendments to the Constitution and Laws shall designate the Article and Section to be amended, and shall be referred to the Executive Council, and be reported by them before being acted upon by the Convention. Said word acted to be interpreted as meaning altering, amending, or changing in any manner whatsoever by a majority vote of the Convention.
Proposed amendments qualifying for referral to the convention must be received by the national secretary-treasurer by May 21.
Resolutions—All resolutions submitted for the consideration of the delegates at the 69th Biennial Convention in Philadelphia must conform to the provisions of Article 12 of the NALC Constitution, which reads as follows:
Any Branch in good standing or any State Association may, at any time, forward to the National Secretary-Treasurer resolutions properly attested by their President and Secretary-Treasurer for consideration by the appropriate Union authority. Such resolutions must be in duplicate, and each shall be on a separate sheet of paper. Resolutions pertaining to the National Working agreement, which should, insofar as possible, identify the Article and Section to be changed, shall be forwarded to the Chief Spokesman of the NALC Negotiating Team; those pertaining to legislation shall be forwarded to the NALC Director of Legislation; and all others shall be forwarded to the NALC Executive Council for their consideration and appropriate action. Those appropriate authorities shall report to the National Convention on all such resolutions and the action taken thereon.
Any resolution considered and approved by a previous convention will not be considered at the national convention in Philadelphia unless the motion is to disapprove or rescind a previously approved action. Only resolutions received by the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer on or before May 21 will be printed in the Resolutions and Amendments book.
Please take note of the requirements for qualification, as many branches and state associations neglect one or more of them, causing the amendments and/or resolutions to be returned.