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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.

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.”


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


Convention Chronicle
Monday proceedings
Registration area
Monday morning workshops

Publications Contest winners (judges' comments now available)


President Rolando's keynote

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sends video greetings to the Convention

“Seven Decades of Activism,” a documentary about NALC President Emeritus James Rademacher

“Remembering Vince”


Convention Chronicle
Tuesday proceedings
Monday p.m./Tuesday a.m. workshops
NALC Night at the Phillies

“125 Years of Delivering for America”


Convention Chronicle
Wednesday proceedings
Tuesday p.m./Wednesday a.m. workshops
Sheraton fire
Wednesday afternoon workshops
‘Stop Staples’ rally

“Union Town” by Tom Morello

Ed Schultz

“NALC at 50” (Scenes from the 1939 Milwaukee Convention)

Stephen Sombrotto

APWU President Mark Dimondstein

'Stop Staples' rally


Convention Chronicle
Thursday proceedings
Thursday morning workshops
Thursday afternoon workshops
Retiring Officers' Dinner

Pres. 'Rocky' Rolando

Network news covers the Strike


Convention Chronicle
Friday proceedings
Friday morning workshops

NALC’s 1970 Convention highlights

NALC’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, 1989

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses the convention

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