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Biennial conventions

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.”

PAST CONVENTION/
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

 


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69th Biennial NALC Convention in Philadelphia
July 21-25, 2014—Pennsylvania Convention Center

Quick links

Getting to and around Philadelphia (includes info about Amtrak discounts)

About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Registration area and exhibitors

NALC shuttle bus schedule

Baseball night shuttle

Treating illness or injury in Philadelphia

Overall schedule of events

Workshops schedule; Information and reminders; Proposed amendments to the NALC Constitution

Parking and discount parking rates

Tours of Philadelphia during the convention, plus information on discounts

Accommodations for disabled attendees

Convention blood drive

Retiring officers’ dinner

Publications Contest winners


Getting to and around Philadelphia

Airport: Philadelphia International Airport
Drive time: 15 minutes (about 9 miles from the convention center)

Taxi:
All City Taxi: 215-467-6666
Freedom Taxi: 215-222-9999
Philadelphia Taxicab: 215-535-6700

Buses and light rail: The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates the city’s subway, bus, trolley and commuter rail system. For a day of exploring by subway, trolley, bus and most regional rail lines, SEPTA’s One-Day Independence Pass offers unlimited travel for $12 a person or $29 for a family. The One-Day Independence Pass may be purchased from the conductor on any Regional Rail train. Passes also are available at SEPTA ticket and sales offices and online at shop.septa.org.

Rail: For those traveling by rail to the convention, Amtrak is offering a 10 percent discount off the best available rail fare to Philadelphia between July 18 (three days prior to the start of the convention) and July 28 (three days following the last day of the convention).

To book your reservation, call Amtrak at 800-872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Reservations cannot be booked via the Internet; be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X42S-990 when making your reservation.

This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

In addition, for those traveling with a companion, Amtrak offers a 30 percent companion rail fare discount for travel into Philadelphia. The discount requires two people traveling together round-trip, and it can only be booked via the “Book It Now” link at www.Amtrak.com/VisitPhilly.

The companion fare discount requires reservations to be made three days in advance; complete terms and conditions can be found at www.Amtrak.com/VisitPhilly.


NALC Shuttle Bus Schedule

Free shuttle service is provided between the hotels listed below and the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC). If you have questions about the shuttle or to make a reservation for a wheelchairaccessible shuttle please see the shuttle supervisor at the PCC or call Kushner & Associates at 310-274-8819 ext 219.

Shuttle Schedule
* Indicates time last shuttle departs PCC returning to hotels. Last shuttle departs hotels approximately 45 minutes prior to this time.

Monday, July 21—Thursday, July 24  
6:30am to 10am Every 10-15 minutes
10am to 2pm Every 15-20 minutes
2pm to 5:30pm* Every 10-15 minutes
Friday, July 25  
6:30am to 10am Every 10-15 minutes
10am to 12pm Every 15-20 minutes
12pm to 3:30pm* Every 10-15 minutes

Hotels and boarding locations

Route 1  
Embassy Suite City Center 18th Street Lobby
Four Seasons Hotel At Embassy Suites
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown 17th Street Lobby
The Windsor Suites At Embassy Suites
Route 2  
Hotel Palomar At Sofitel Philadelphia
The Latham Hotel At Radisson Blu
Radisson Blu–Warwick Hotel 17th Street Lobby
Sofitel Philadelphia Curbside on 17th St.
Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Curbside on Market
The Westin Philadelphia Curbside on 17th St
Route 3  
Doubletree by Hilton City Center Curbside on Broad
Holiday Inn Express Midtown Curbside on Walnut
The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia Curbside on S. Penn
Route 4  
Holiday Inn Penn’s Landing Curbside on Columbus
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia Curbside on Columbus
Sheraton Society Hill Curbside on Dock St.
Wyndham Historic District Curbside on 4th St.

Shuttle Route #5—Sheraton University City and Shuttle Route #6—Hotel Monaco operate on a unique schedule; see your pocket guide.

Hotels within walking distance of the PCC:
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
Four Points by Sheraton City Center
Hampton Inn Philadelphia City Center
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia City Center
Home2Suites by Hilton Philadelphia City Center
LeMeridien Philadelphia
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown


About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

NALC’s 69th Biennial National Convention and workshops are being held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. Signs will direct delegates to the general session and workshops.
NALC and Auxiliary convention registration and NALC General Sessions are located on Level 2, Exhibit Hall C.

NALC Headquarters Office: Level 1, Room 119 A
Health Benefit Plan Office: Level 1, Room 120 A
Host Branch 157 Office: Level 1, 119 B

Registration: NALC Headquarters/Finance Office, Room 119 A:

  • Tuesday, July 22–Thursday, July 24, 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Friday, July 25, 8 AM to 30 minutes after convention adjourns

Exhibits: Hall DE-GS, 200 Level

  • Monday, July 21–Thursday, July 24, 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Friday, July 25, 8 AM to 30 minutes after convention adjourns

Business Center: FedEx Office is on the 200 level between Exhibit Halls B & C. It offers a variety of services and office products not available at the NALC Headquarters Office, such as photocopying, office supplies and more. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 8 AM to 5 PM.

Restaurant and city information: Free concierge service provides sample menus and makes reservations. Learn about Philadelphia museums, shopping, attractions, nightlife and much more! 
Concierge service is located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center—street level at 12th and Arch Streets entrance, NW.

  • Monday, July 21–Thursday, July 24, 10 AM to 5PM
  • Friday, July 25, 10 AM – 4 PM

Lost and found: Call the Command Station via the beige house phones at Ext. 4911 or at 215-418-4911 to turn in or recover lost items.


Registration area and exhibitors

In addition to convention registration, delegates will be able to visit the NALC Store, Legislative and Political Action area and other exhibitors located in Exhibit Hall C, 200 Level.

Exhibits:
Monday, July 21–Thursday, July 24, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, July 25, 8 a.m.–30 minutes after adjournment

The NALC Store features a wide variety of NALC merchandise, including a souvenir convention T-shirt. Items include sweaters, polo shirts, T-shirts and ball caps. Delegates can pay for purchases with MasterCard and Visa credit cards, personal checks (payable to NALC Secretary-Treasurer) and, of course, cash. 

Branch Sales section: Individual branches are on hand to sell union-made-in-the-USA items to raise funds for MDA or COLCPE.

Legislative and Political Action: With the all-important congressional elections on the horizon, the NALC’s legislative and political activities are more important than ever. This is the time to get informed and get involved. Stop by the booth to get details on signing up for Carrier Corps, as an e-Activist, or to give to COLCPE. Staff members will be ready to answer your questions about election contests in your state and what the NALC does for letter carriers in the realm of politics and legislation.

The Country Store operated by the NALC Auxiliary offers a wide variety of crafts and other items.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Representatives from Federal Occupational Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be on hand to discuss the Postal Service’s Employee Assistance Program, distribute literature and answer questions.
Health Benefit Plan: Representatives from the NALC Health Benefit Plan will be available each day to help members with general questions, Plan programs, Plan benefits and specific claims by using a direct computer link to Plan’s office. Stop by our booth to receive information and say hello to our staff.

CIGNA: (ONLY ON TUESDAY) NALC has partnered with Cigna’s Open Access Plus network to help members receive the best benefit and help lower out-of-pocket costs. The Cigna HealthCare Shared Administration OAP network for the NALC Health Benefit Plan has more than 17,000 participating facilities, 2,008,665 family doctors and specialists and 7,667 general acute care hospitals. This network is accredited by the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA), assuring members a choice of quality health care providers who meet all of Cigna’s rigorous credentialing standards. Representatives from Cigna will be on-site Tuesday, July 22, to offer information on the service and to answer members’ questions.

Optum Health: (ONLY ON THURSDAY) The NALC Health Benefit Plan also continues our partnership with OptumHealth. OptumHealth is a nationally recognized leader specializing in providing behavioral health care and substance abuse services. These services include confidential support in managing a wide range of personal issues, from everyday challenges to more serious problems. There are a vast number of in-network providers consisting of more than 130,000 clinicians and 5,600 facility locations nationwide. Representatives from OptumHealth will be on site Thursday, July 24, to offer information on the service and to answer members’ questions.

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Delegates will be able to learn about the longstanding relationship between NALC and our only official charity and find out about the latest in research into neuromuscular diseases. Come see the brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, that will be raffled on Wednesday evening at the MDA reception. Only 800 tickets will be sold, so these will be the best odds you’ll ever have to win. The tickets are only $50 and include attending the reception (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) as well as food and drinks. The bike can be picked up at the nearest dealership to the winner. We will also be selling 50/50 raffle tickets to raise even more funds for MDA. NALC has renewed and revitalized our commitment to MDA, so come by and talk to MDA and NALC representatives about how to increase and improve your branch’s fundraising efforts.

Mutual Benefit Association staff members will explain all insurance products and have a direct computer link to Headquarters for individual policy questions. 

Nalcrest: NALC’s retirement community in central Florida has celebrated 50 years, and Nalcrest Trustees will be on hand to provide interested delegates with information on recent Nalcrest renovations, its amenities and the availability of rental units.

The Post Office in the registration area will sell stamps and mail postcards, packages and letters.

Retirement Information: Retirement Department staff will be on hand to provide information and hand out helpful books on retirement and other related topics.

Social Security: Representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer your questions and provide useful information as well as appropriate handouts.  Thrift Savings Plan representatives will be available to talk to members about saving for retirement and to answer specific questions for members who invest in TSP funds.

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) will have information for members with questions on workers’ compensation issues.

Uniform Manufacturers: Representatives from the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors will be on hand to display current and newly authorized letter carrier uniform items, answer questions and receive feedback.

Union Privilege: Union Plus representatives will be available to answer your questions about such Union Plus benefits as the mortgage program, credit counseling, education services, health savings, discount computers, worldwide vacation tours and much more.


Treating illness or injury in Philadelphia

Medical emergencies procedures: If there is an injured person or someone who needs medical attention, identify yourself to the individual if possible and obtain as much information as possible from him/her. Contact the Command Station via the beige house phone at ext. 4911. Relay information to the Command Station. The Command Station will either contact EMS or the Philadelphia Fire Department Rescue Unit. It is important that you know where you are so medical attention may be rendered as quickly as possible. Do not call 911.

First aid: Hall D and can be accessed via the concourse or the Hall.
Saturday, July 19–Friday, July 25: 7:30 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, July 26, 7 AM to 4:00 PM

NALC Health Benefit Plan Service Lines

  • Health Benefit Plan: 888-636-NALC
  • Durable Medical Equipment, Claim Forms, Fraud Hot Line
  • 24-Hour Nurse Line: 877-220-6252
  • PPO Locator Service: 877-220-6252
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse: 877-468-1016
  • Precertification: 877-220-6252
  • Prescription Drug Program: 800-933-6252
  • Specialty Pharmacy: 800-237-2767

NALC Health Benefit Plan PPOs

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
111 S 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-955-6000
Concentra Urgent Care
7000 Holstein Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
866-944-6046
Hahnemann University Hospital
Broad & Vine Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-762-7000
CVS Caremark
MinuteClinic
6701 Ridge Ave., Building 1
Philadelphia, PA 19128
215-483-4179
Advanced Urgent Care of City Line LLC
5060 City Line Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
855-698-7436
CVS Caremark
MinuteClinic
6501 Harbison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19149
215-333-4300

The above hospitals, providers and pharmacies are just a few examples. Please contact the provider information line at 877-220-6252 or access it on our website at nalc.org/depart/hbp. This service is available 24 hours a day.


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, July 22
Registration: Headquarters/Finance Office, Room 119 A, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Workshops: 7:30-9:00 am
Blood Drive: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Room 108 AB
General session: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
•   Milwaukee Band
•   National Anthem: Estes Smith, Branch 157
•   Pledge of Allegiance: Jay Nichols, Branch 157 Health Benefit Officer
•   Invocation: Rabbi Avi Winokur, Society Hill Synagogue
•   Constitutional amendments
•   Greetings from the Auxiliary
•   Report of the NALC Special Review Committee and discussion of planning for the future
•   Organizing Awards
•   Video: “NALC: 125 Years of Delivering for America,” a film celebrating our 125th anniversary
•   Guest speakers
Workshops: 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., or 15 minutes after the conclusion of the General Session.
NALC baseball night:  Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants. All shuttles depart from PCC. See below for shuttle information.

Wednesday, July 23
Registration: Headquarters/Finance Office, Room 119 A, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Workshops: 7:30-9 a.m.
Blood Drive: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Room 108 AB
General session: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.
•   Cleveland Band
•   National Anthem: Austin Cooper, Branch 79
•   Pledge of Allegiance: Jim McCullough, Branch 725
•   Invocation: Father Michael Reilly, St. Richard of Chichester Roman Catholic Church
•   Resolutions
•   Nominations of officers for national election
•   Health and Safety Focus: Preventing Park Point Accidents
•   Video: “How We Looked in 1939”
•   Awards: e-Activist Awards
•   Guest speakers
Workshops: 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., or 15 minutes after the conclusion of the General Session.

Thursday, July 24
Registration: Headquarters/Finance Office, Room 119 A, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Workshops: 7:30-9 a.m.
General session: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.
•   Memphis Band
•   National Anthem: Tim Greene, Branch 2560
•   Pledge of Allegiance: Joe Rodgers, Branch 157 Vice President
•   Invocation: Rev. Joseph Leggieri,  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
•   Resolutions
•   MDA presentation and awards
•   Awards: COLCPE
•   Videos: “Network News Coverage of the Great Postal Strike of 1970” and “A Look Back at the Historic NALC Convention of 1970”
•   Guest speakers
Workshops: 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., or 15 minutes after the conclusion of the General Session.
Retiring officer dinner: Tickets on sale in the registration area

Friday, July 25
Registration: NALC Headquarters/Finance Office, Room 119 A, 8 a.m. to 30 minutes after convention adjournment
Workshops: 7:30-9 a.m.
General session: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Doors open at 9 a.m.
•   Milwaukee Band
•   National Anthem: Mike Zagaros, Branch 9
•   Pledge of Allegiance: Marge McCann, Branch 157 Safety Captain
•   Invocation: Chaplain Lillian Young, Branch 157
•   Resolutions
•   Food Drive presentation and awards
•   Awards: Branch Publications
•   Video: “What We Looked Like in 1989”
•   Guest speakers

Note: Schedule of events is subject to change.


Parking and discount parking rates

Parking at the Convention Center: There are many parking options—both garages and lots—conveniently located within blocks of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

A parking facility across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center is providing a parking discount to convention delegates. Click here to download the flyer.

Parking at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel: The Sheraton Hotel has two self-parking levels below the hotel. The underground lots are accessible via the front entrance on either 16th or 17th Streets between the Vine Street and Race Street blocks. In-and-out privileges available.

Self-Parking: $38 | Valet Parking: $44, Front Drive (prices subject to change)


Accommodations for disabled attendees

Convention attendeeswho may require assistance due to a disability can avail themselves of the following accommodations in adherence with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

  • Wheelchair and scooter rental: Electrical mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available for rent from Scootaround.com. For advance reservations or for more information please call 888-441-7575 or visit the Scootaround website.
  • Oxygen: If you require oxygen refills while in Philadelphia, you can contact Oxygenconcentrator Store via their website or at 877-774-9271. You will need the following information: prescription, diagnosis, amount of oxygen and type of equipment required, type of payment (cash, credit card, or insurance information, if insurance will be paying). It is suggested that you call a day ahead. Same day service may be available.
  • Parking: Handicapped parking is available to individuals with valid disability parking permits in surrounding ramps and lots as well as at parking meters on the street.
  • Wheelchair lift vehicles: The NALC is providing free shuttle bus service to/from the Pennsylvania Convention Center for hotels within the block that are not within walking distance. (A complete list will be available later.) To comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a vehicle equipped with a wheelchair lift will be made available during all convention hours on an on-call basis. Requests for use of this service can be made directly by calling the Operations Manager on-site. The number will be listed on bus flyers available at the bell desks in all hotels for which shuttle service is provided.

Blood drive

The NALC, in association with the American Red Cross in Philadelphia, will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

It is strongly recommended that you sign up in advance using the online scheduler:

  • On the top right corner of the page, click on the “Give Blood, Find A Blood Drive,” then type in the Sponsor Code: NALC. The NALC Convention blood drives will appear.
  • On the far right click on “Click Here to Schedule an Appointment to Donate.”
  • If you have donated before with the American Red Cross, enter your user name and password and click “Login.” That will take you to the schedule. Click on an open appointment time and then make sure you click “confirm appointment” at the bottom of the page.
  • If you do not have a user name and password, than you will need to create one first, than follow the above steps to make an appointment.

You may also schedule your appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767, option 2) and give your sponsor code NALC.

For those who want to donate double red blood cells, click here.

If delegates do not have the opportunity to schedule an appointment in advance, onsite appointment may be made based on availability.

Blood donors must:
• Be healthy (meaning that you feel well and can perform normal activities).
• Weigh at least 110 lbs.

If you donated blood after May 26, you will not be allowed to donate at this drive.

Click here to download the flyer.


Retiring officers’ dinner

The retiring officers' dinner will be held on Thursday, July 24, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Tickets are $80.

The recently updated list of announced honorees includes Secretary-Treasurer Jane Broendel, retired Director of Retired Members Ernie Kirkland, Region 3 NBA Neal Tisdale and Region 5 NBA Dan Pittman.

Pre-ordered tickets will be held for pickup at the Retiring Officers’ Dinner ticket booth located in the convention registration area. Tickets will be on sale at the convention in the registration area.


Philadelphia Tours, information and discounts

  • Historic Area Riding/Walking Tour—Includes the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
  • Philadelphia Then & Now—Get to know both the historic area and the modern-day city
  • Amish Country Tour—Includes traditional Amish-style lunch
  • Longwood Gardens—America’s premiere gardens, plus wine-tasting
  • Shopping Tour
  • Colonial Homes Tour
  • Family-Friendly Fun—At the Adventure Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey

Visit www.TourSignUp.com/NALC for the easiest sign-up. If your plans change, tours are cancelable and refundable (less a small fee) until June 30.

Purchase tours on-site at the convention: Many tours sell out in advance. Subject to availability, tours can be purchased on-site at the tour desk inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall C.

Click here to download detailed descriptions of each tour as well as the order form.

Click here to find out more about things to do in Philadelphia and about discounts offered to NALC members and their families.


69th Biennial Convention Night Out at the Ballgame

June 3, 2014—The NALC has reserved nearly 4,500 tickets to the Philadelphia Phillies –San Francisco Giants baseball game on Tuesday, July 22, for a night out during the 69th Biennial Convention in Philadelphia this summer. The deadline has passed to order tickets for this event. NALC President Fredric Rolando will participate at Citizens Bank Park by throwing out the first pitch at the opening of the game at 7:05 PM. Pre-ordered tickets will be available for pickup by a branch-designated representative at the special booth for baseball tickets in the exhibit hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Absolutely no refunds will be given.

Shuttle service to Citizens Bank Park for NALC’s baseball night:

Shuttle service for the Phillies game will be provided from the Pennsylvania Convention Center to Citizens Bank Park starting at 5pm. Buses will not be departing from hotels. Buses will be dropping guests off in the “M” parking lot at Citizens Bank Park. The “M” Lot is located on Pattison Ave. and 7th St.

Shuttles will begin departing Citizens Bank Park “M” Lot to hotels starting at 8pm. The last departure from Citizens Bank Park to hotels is at 11pm.

From PCC to Citizens Bank Park
5pm to 8pm: Every 10-15 minutes

From Citizens Bank Park to hotels
8pm to 11pm: Every 10-15 minutes


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