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2018 Detroit Convention

71st Biennial National Convention

Cobo Center, Detroit
July 16-20, 2018


Coverage of Monday, July 16

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Monday morning workshops

Monday general session

Monday afternoon workshops


Coverage of Tuesday, July 17

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Tuesday morning workshops

Tuesday general session

Tuesday afternoon workshops


Coverage of Wednesday, July 18

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Wednesday morning workshops

Wednesday general session


Coverage of Thursday, July 19

AFL-CIO’s Race Commission Report

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Thursday morning workshops and LCPF awards

Thursday general session

Thursday afternoon workshops

Retiring Officers Dinner


Coverage of Friday, July 20

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Friday general session


General information

Registration of delegates at Cobo Center


Workshops during National Convention

Morning workshops: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Afternoon workshops: 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. or 15 minutes after the close of the general session

General Sessions during National Convention

Monday thru Thursday – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday – 8 a.m. to noon



National convention registration and housing process

The official Convention Call to the 71st biennial convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers to be held in Detroit July 16-20 was mailed to each NALC branch and state association in October.

The branch Convention Call included a branch delegate allotment card advising each branch of the maximum number of delegates it can send to the convention, per the provision of Article 4, Section 1 of the National Constitution, which provides for one delegate for each 20 members or fraction thereof. The number of delegates a branch is entitled to is based on the branch’s active and retired membership as of Oct. 1 of the year preceding the national convention, the “benchmark” date adopted by the delegates to the 2004 national convention. Branch officers should read the Convention Call thoroughly, since Articles 4 and 5 of the National Constitution—provisions concerning the election of delegates, voting strength and related issues—are explained.

Information regarding the room rates of the NALC block hotels is provided below and in the December 2017 issue of The Postal Record on page 13. 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 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 cancelation and will receive a notice of such. Any individuals who have called NALC Headquarters to inquire about making reservations are advised that they must get the information from their branch to make reservations. This cannot be done until the DEL has been received and processed and the 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 the last week of January and must be returned to the office of NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine no later than May 17. The DEL includes the branch’s regular members in good standing as of Dec. 31. 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 Rhine's office.

After Rhine'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. 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 copy. The option to register electronically was also extended to all NALC branches with more than 250 members. Branches that received the electronic registration information must return the card that was enclosed to Rhine's office no later than Dec. 31.

Again, branch secretaries are reminded that no housing information will be included in the mailing of the delegate eligibility lists the last week of January. That information will be provided when NALC Headquarters mails you the credentials. Branches and individuals are not to contact hotels directly and must wait until credentials and NALC housing instructions are received.

Convention hotels

NALC has made special arrangements with Detroit-area hotels to accommodate letter carrier delegates attending the 2018 convention there July 16-20.

Most NALC-block hotels are within 1.7 miles of the Cobo Center, though some are located in Dearborn, about 13 miles away.

Room rates are shown below. Room rates have been set so branches can begin budgeting for the convention.

Please do not contact the hotels. All room reservations will be made through NALC’s official housing company.


Shuttle schedule


Convention tours and transportation

NALC will not be organizing tours for the convention in Detroit. Below is information for those who would like to see more of the city and surrounding area on your own:

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)).
Distance to downtown  estimated 23 mile, approximately 35-minute drive:

Airport Shuttle Service

  • Ride Skoot Shuttle - $43 roundtrip - 855-937–5668
  • $25 one-way Taxi
  • Estimate of $52 one-way Uber X
  • Estimate of $25-$30 one way

A valid passport is required for all guests to enter Canada


  • The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield
  • Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Ford Piquette Avenue Plant/Model T Automotive Heritage Comples
  • The Henry Ford
  • Legoland Discovery Center Michigan
  • Lucky Strike Entertainment
  • Michigan Science Center
  • Moto Museum
  • Outdoor Adventure Center
  • Seal Life Michigan Aquarium
  • Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown


A nonprofit in Detroit that provides educational and cultural tours of the city. It has a weekly schedule of free and low-cost tours that are open to the public and also get hired to do private tours for groups.


Air travel to detroit

Ground transportation - from airport

Taxi Companies



Ticket Prices: 
$25 each way to the airport per person (Use coupon code NALC2018 for $5.00 off your round-trip ticket)

From Detroit Metro (DTW) to Cobo Center or Downtown Hotels

5:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Departs every 60 minutes

From Downtown to Metro Airport (DTW)

5:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Depart every 90 minutes

To make your shuttle reservation by phone, call toll-free 855.937.5668 or 313.230.2331 or visit SKOOT online at www.rideskoot.com. Walkups available, however reservations are highly recommended. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Detroit Public Transportation

Detroit People Mover (for discounted passes click on link below)


Additional Public Transportation Information

Travelling to/from Windsor, Canada *Must Have Passport*

Parking at COBO

Blood drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the national convention in Detroit. Delegates to the convention are encouraged to schedule an appointment.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in every community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and almost everyone will need blood in their lifetime.

Drive Details:

Site: Cobo Center
Address: 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI, 48226
Room Name: 140 DEF
Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coordinator Phone Number: 313-549-7051
Click here to make an appointment (click red arrow to see times and sign up)

Auxiliary convention

Convention luncheon

The NALC Auxiliary will host a luncheon on Wednesday, July 18, from 11 until 2 at the Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, 400 Renaissance Center. The luncheon will be buffet style and the cost is $40 per person. Send form and check (made out to NALCA) by June 30 to George Anna Myers, 7907 Southview Drive, Grandview, MO 64030.

Veterans Group project

Veterans group project to assist local veterans

According to the Center for American Progress, veterans are disproportionately homeless in relation to other groups. The Center states that:

  • Nearly 1 in 7 homeless adults are veterans, as of December 2011.
  • More than 67,000 homeless veterans were counted on a given January night in America last year. More than 4 in 10 homeless veterans were found unsheltered.
  • Almost half of homeless veterans were African American in 2008, despite the fact that only 11 percent of veterans overall are African American.
  • About 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and dismal living conditions in crowded or substandard housing.

 “The NALC Veterans Group is about veterans helping veterans,” Assistant to the President for Community Services Christina Davidson said. “The group is 10,600 strong and growing. At the national convention in Detroit, I am asking our fellow letter carrier NALC Veterans Group members to join me in the Veterans Group Project.”

The project will consist of assembling 2,000 homeless care kit bags to provide assistance to fellow veterans. Davidson is asking for NALC Veterans Group volunteers to join her on Tuesday, July 17, after the general session to assemble and distribute bags, which will provide assistance to those veterans in need.

Davidson is requesting that all delegates donate their toiletries, such as shower gel, shampoo and lotion, on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for the homeless care kit bags for the Veterans Group project.

“I hope letter carriers in the Veterans Group will volunteer for this project to support their fellow veterans in need and do their part to ensure that no one is left behind,” Davidson said.