Union administration


Detroit Branch 1 President Sandy Laemmel was elected trustee by mail balloting of NALC members in 2022.

Laemmel started as a letter carrier in 1976 and began her first term as president of  Branch 1 in 1997. Before her election as president, she served her branch as a steward and then was elected assistant secretary in 1986, secretary in 1988, and vice president in 1992. Laemmel also served as a local business agent and arbitration advocate. Her activism with the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO includes membership on its executive board. President Fredric Rolando appointed her as a trustee in 2021 to fill a vacancy.. 

Laemmel has served NALC in several other roles, including as a member of the national elections committee, a congressional district liaison, Scholarship Committee chairman, lead co-chairman of the Committee of Presidents, national convention chairman and an NALC Disaster Relief Foundation board member.

Laemmel and her husband, John, have two children—John Jr. and Julie—and three grandchildren.

“As a letter carrier, I knew it was an honor to serve as Branch 1 president,” Laemmel said. “Serving my peers brought an inner sense of fulfillment in my day’s work. I know that serving the membership of this great union as a trustee will once again provide an opportunity to work for the members of this union and provide the seasoned leadership skills that I have learned along the way.”