NALC officers and staff, along with outside experts, will present more than 40 workshops over

the convention week. The grid below offers attendees an easy way to see what classes are available when. Full descriptions of the workshops follow on the next several pages. Classes are offered before the convention is called to order and after the day’s business is done. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the rooms have been known to get crowded. Convention delegates are encouraged to arrive early.



 MONDAY (7/16)

 TUESDAY (7/17)

 MBA Representative


 MBA representatives only


 Effective Branch



 Suicide Prevention


 The 21st Century

 Postal Service


 Branch Trustee Training


 City Delivery Workshop

 This class repeats on Tuesday.


 Contract Administration

 Unit (CAU) Briefing and


 This class repeats on Tuesday.


 Wills and Trusts


 Safety and Health


 City Delivery Workshop

 Same as Monday.


 Contract Administration


 Unit (CAU) Briefing and


 Same as Monday.


 Dues and Membership



 Beyond the Brochure


 Dignity and Respect


 Fully Informed


 Retirement Decisions

 This class repeats on Thursday.


 Work Hour Fraud—

 Identifying and

 Preventing a Supervisor’s

 Intentional False Editing

 of Clock Rings

 This class repeats on Thursday.


 NALC Constitution,

 Bylaws and Elections


 Me Too: Is Sexual

 Harassment a Problem

 in the Postal Service?


 Organizing and Activism


 Fully Informed Retirement


 Same as Wednesday.


 Work Hour Fraud—

 Identifying and

 Preventing a Supervisor’s

 Intentional False Editing

 of Clock Rings

 Same as Wednesday.


 ‘The Strike at 40’

 This showing repeats on

 Tuesday and Wednesday.


 Communicating Our



 Critical Incident Stress



 Common Sense



 Managing Branch

 Finance: A Study of

 Basic Operations


 ‘The Strike at 40’

 Same as Monday. This showing

 repeats on Wednesday.


 Member Mobilization


 International Postal




 the LM-3


 Recruiting Union



 ‘The Strike at 40’

 Same as Monday and Tuesday.


 NALC Research



 Letter Carriers and

 Social Media


 Community Services—

 Planning, Promoting

 and Progress


 Travel Expenses: The Good,

 the Bad and the Ugly


 TSP Pre-Separation

 Workshop: To Retirement

 and Beyond


 OWCP Tools for Success

 This class repeats on Thursday.


 Developments in the

 U.S. Labor Movement


 Legislative & Political



 FMLA 2018: Insights

 and Guidance for Letter

 Carriers and Local



 OWCP Tools for Success

 Same as Wednesday.


 CCA Rights and

 Benefits and the

 Process of Conversion

 to Career Status




MBA Representative Training

MBA Director Myra Warren and the staff of the Mutual Benefit Association will present a training workshop for MBA representatives. The topics will include: 1) the duties and responsibilities of MBA reps; 2) life insurance products offered by the MBA; 3) the MBA’s Hospital Confinement product; 4) the retirement savings plans offered to both career carriers and CCAs as well as their family members; and 5) NALC’s Group Accidental Death Benefit. A question-and-answer period will follow, giving representatives the opportunity to seek clarification on topics and to provide comments and feedback to the MBA. This training is available only to registered MBA representatives.


Effective Branch Communications

Branch publications, both traditional print and web-based electronic, can be a formidable force for informing and activating NALC members. This workshop will provide tips for producing first-class, direct-to-themember communications. Ways of improving websites and e-mail newsletters, effectively using social media and sharpening the focus and effectiveness of conventional

newsletters and traditional communications strategies will be discussed. NALC’s Branch Publication Competition winners will be announced at this workshop.


Suicide Prevention

This session will be conducted by Director of Safety and Health Manuel Peralta Jr., along with representatives from Magellan Health Services, the national vendor servicing the Employee

Assistance Program (EAP) under Article 35 of the National Agreement. This workshop will focus on the role of co-workers in suicide prevention. Delegates also will be briefed on tools available through the portal and Magellan Health Services.


The 21st Century Postal Service

The Postal Service is being transformed by major economic, social and technological trends and could be dramatically affected by legislative and regulatory developments in the near future. This workshop, hosted by NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber, will explore these trends and developments with two guest speakers: Pierce Myers, executive director of the Parcel Shippers Association, and Mohammad Adra, a researcher and analyst from the USPS Office of Inspector General. It will cover a variety of issues: the impact of technological change on USPS; the boom in e-commerce; competitive threats to the Postal Service; opportunities for innovation and growth; the outlook for postal reform legislation; and an update on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s proceeding to

modernize the postage rate-setting system. Delegates will be given time to ask questions and share their views on the Postal Service of the 21st century.


Branch Trustee Training

Under the NALC Constitution, branch trustees are required to examine and report the condition of branch finances at least once every six months, but many local trustees lack a clear understanding of all the intricacies their duties entail. NALC Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Brown and Trustees Mike Gill and Mack Julion will kick off this training conducted by Dave Dorsey, partner at WithumSmith+Brown, that provides local trustees with information and a variety of tools they need to keep their branches on the right track. Among the topics covered will be getting ready for an audit, receipts and disbursements, Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act requirements, and overall union finances. There will be an opportunity to have individual questions and concerns

answered after the workshop.


City Delivery Workshop

Director of City Delivery Christopher Jackson and his staff will provide updates and information on numerous city delivery topics. The class will cover various contractual issues, scanners and new technology, Sunday parcel delivery and other expansion-of-services topics, carrier academy, filling residual vacancies, Article 12 withholding and excessing, uniforms, various USPS testing and

initiatives and the current status of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle project.

This workshop repeats on Tuesday morning.


Contract Administration Unit (CAU)

Briefing and Q-and-A Vice President Lew Drass will report on national-level settlements and arbitration awards since the last convention, along with pending cases at the national interpretive step. There also will be updates on several other subjects related to grievance activity and results from around the country. A question- and-answer period will follow, giving delegates the opportunity to seek clarification on issues and to provide comments and feedback to the CAU.

This workshop repeats on Tuesday morning.




‘The Strike at 40’

Delegates interested in learning about the Great Postal Strike of 1970 are invited to view the video NALC produced in 2010 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the strike. The 30-minute video features interviews with the participants, including the late Vincent R. Sombrotto and the members and leaders of New York Branch 36, and network news coverage of the strike while it was happening. This showing repeats on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.


Communicating Our Message

This workshop will focus on how to get our message out by dealing effectively with the news media, so we can inform the public and its representatives about the real situation of the Postal Service and the best policies moving forward. Little is more important to our future than getting the facts out and dispelling the myths. NALC Director of Communications and Media Relations Philip Dine will cover various aspects of communications, including influencing news coverage by speaking to reporters or editors, as well as making our own voices heard through letters to the editor/commentary pieces or being on radio/television discussion shows. The class will deal with broad media strategy and practical details of talking to a reporter.


Critical Incident Stress Management

Tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, assaults on letter carriers, robberies and suicides—local NALC leaders, stewards and letter carriers often find themselves in extremely difficult situations. The focus of the workshop is to assess the circumstances, provide counsel or direction for immediate assistance and deal with the short- and long-term physical, emotional and financial aftermath to our members and their families. With the help of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) professionals

from Magellan Health Services, this training will prepare you to better navigate traumatic situations, educate you on available resources, and help you to create a preparatory plan that will benefit you, your membership and those you care about.


Common Sense Economics

This workshop will review the latest version of the Common Sense Economics program. Common Sense Economics was created by the AFL-CIO to explain how the economy actually works and what can be done to make the economy work better for everyone. The Common Sense Economics material helps to explain that the economy and the economic outcomes that we experience are not natural occurrences like the weather. Rather, they are the result of policymaking decisions by people in power. As a result, working people have the power to make changes to current policies to create fairer economic outcomes. This workshop will review the Common Sense Economics material, additional economic issues and open the floor to hear what NALC members believe workers can do to improve economic outcomes. The NALC Research Department staff will lead this



Managing Branch Finances:

A Study of Basic Operations

This workshop taught by Dave Dorsey, partner at WithumSmith+Brown, will focus on the proper division of responsibility within the branch for financial matters and will discuss the authorizations and protocols that should be used by branch officers as they discharge their responsibilities under the NALC Constitution and the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959. Topics covered will include the authorization to spend branch funds, the proper process for the receipt and disbursement of branch money, the role and responsibility of each branch officer, reporting to the membership and the regulatory agencies, establishing checks and balances, avoiding conflicts of

interest, and understanding the role of the branch trustees. There will be an opportunity to have individual questions and concerns answered after the workshop.




Wills and Trusts

Mutual Benefit Association (MBA) Director Myra Warren will present a workshop with a concentration on wills and trusts. This educational workshop will provide details on how these financial vehicles are used with life insurance policies to plan for an insured person’s death. The purpose is to give a better understanding of these legal options and aid letter carriers and their families in planning for the future. A better understanding of wills and trusts shifts families’ decision-making from a time when emotions are high to the present, when more rational decisions can be made. MBA staff members will be available to answer questions on the MBA products available to NALC members.


Safety and Health

This session will be conducted by Director of Safety and Health Manuel Peralta Jr., Region 3 National Business Agent Mike Caref, Branch 343 member Richard Thurman, Branch 358 member

Frank Maresca and Branch 34 member Mike Gorham. The class will provide a briefing on safety-related issues being addressed by NALC.


City Delivery Workshop

This class is a repeat of Monday morning’s workshop.


Contract Administration Unit (CAU)

Briefing and Q-and-A

This class is a repeat of Monday morning’s workshop.




‘The Strike at 40’

This class is a repeat of Monday afternoon’s workshop.

This workshop repeats on Wednesday afternoon.


Member Mobilization

Come learn about how NALC is using our network of letter carrier activists on the ground to build the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF) and engage in the legislative and political processes.


International Postal Trends

Delegates interested in how foreign postal workers, their employers and their unions are coping with technological change and rising market competition should attend this workshop, hosted by NALC research assistant Holly Feldman-Wiencek. Guests from NALC’s international trade union federation, UNI Global Union, and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) will make presentations and answer delegate questions. CUPW’s successful campaign to save door delivery in Canada and UNI Post & Logistics’ work with the Universal Postal Union, a U.N. agency that regulates international mail, will be among the topics covered.


Understanding the LM-3

This class will help participants understand and complete the Form LM-3. Dave Dorsey, partner at WithumSmith+Brown, will review the form with participants to determine what information the Department of Labor is really asking for and what details must be included with the answers. Among the areas to be covered are the proper way to complete Item 24, listing all officers and disbursements to officers, and where to report different kinds of receipts and disbursements. A completed LM-3 for a hypothetical branch will be distributed to help branch leaders in preparing and reviewing their own branch LM-3 filing. There will be an opportunity to have individual questions and concerns answered after the workshop.


Recruiting Union Activists

It’s not uncommon for 99 percent of the work in a branch to be done by 2 percent of the members. This is not a good long-term strategy, as it limits what a branch can do and results in frustration, resentment and burnout in those doing the work. In this class, participants will learn various strategies and techniques to motivate members to volunteer and discuss how to keep members

active and involved.




Dues and Membership

This workshop, taught by Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine, is intended to guide branch officers through all of the many membership issues that they deal with on a daily basis. The workshop will cover topics such as how to read a branch’s bi-weekly dues roster, how to prepare the semi-annual per capita tax call, how the Reciprocal Agreement works, the national policy on no-deducts, membership awards and many other membership related items.


NALC HBP—Beyond the Brochure

Learn how to get more than the traditional benefits from your health insurance plan. The Health Benefit Plan director, along with special guest speakers from Optum Health, Cigna and CVS Caremark, will provide information to help you on your path to a healthier life. We hope you will join us as we discuss topics such as Your Health First (disease management program), the 24-hour

nurse line, Virtual Visits (telemental health), navigating the Live and Work Well website, combating diabetes, as well as the benefits and myths around getting immunizations.


Fully Informed Retirement Decisions

Retirement often is one of the most significant events in a person’s life. At the time of retirement, a host of related matters must be decided. For instance: Federal Employees Group Life Insurance coverage; whether to make deposit for prior military service; Thrift Savings Plan ongoing investments; survivor annuity elections; and many more. Different rules for CSRS and FERS make decisions on some of these matters more complicated. Some of the decisions made at the time of

retirement are irrevocable and will affect a person’s financial security for the rest of his or her life. Given these facts, a common goal should be to make fully informed decisions. This seminar, presented by Director of Retired Members Ron Watson, is designed to help achieve that goal.

This workshop repeats on Thursday morning.


Dignity and Respect

This session will be conducted by Director of Safety and Health Manuel Peralta Jr., Region 3 National Business Agent Mike Caref, Branch 343 member Richard Thurman, Branch 358 member Frank Maresca and Branch 34 member Mike Gorham. The Dignity and Respect guide was created to offer union stewards direction on the proper steps to take to improve working conditions in their offices, to give strategies to properly address and correct the mistreatment of letter carriers and to provide shop stewards with the necessary contractual tools to address and stop the wide range of mistreatment by management. We will be reviewing the guide and discussing ways to achieve our goals on the workroom floor.


Work Hour Fraud—Identifying and Preventing a Supervisor’s Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings

Director of City Delivery Christopher Jackson and his staff will provide in-depth training on NALC’s newly created resources designed to combat the problem of supervisors falsely editing letter carriers’ clock rings. This class will cover the new NALC Guide to Identifying Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings, as well as the new NALC Work Hour Tracker, used by letter carriers to track the hours they work. This class will teach delegates how to read clock rings and identify inaccurate

edits or entries. It will also provide advice on educating letter carriers on how to file a successful grievance challenging instances of intentional false editing of clock rings and ideas for future prevention and resolution of this problem.

This workshop repeats on Thursday morning.




‘The Strike at 40’

This class is a repeat of the Monday and Tuesday afternoon workshop.


NALC Research Resources

The NALC Research Department engages in a wide variety of research about the U.S. Postal Service, the delivery market and the broader economy. This workshop will show NALC members what the Research Department looks at, including USPS financial results, USPS operational performance, broader delivery market developments and economic indicators such as those related to the labor market, consumer prices and gross domestic product (GDP). It will provide members with instructions on how to access publicly available information on a number of different postal websites. There is no shortage of data available about USPS. The workshop also will show how the Research Department works to verify USPS pay information, develops COLA projections

and verifies NALC contract COLAs. It will conclude with an opportunity for members to ask about information that they are interested in and share their own perspective on what would be useful research information for the membership.


Letter Carriers and Social Media

There are plenty of good reasons for letter carriers to embrace social media as a means of communicating about NALC-related topics with members from around the country—and many do. In this workshop, staff from NALC’s communications and legislative departments will discuss some

best (and worst) practices for sharing news and information via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Community Services-Planning, Promoting and Progress

Letter carriers are the heart and soul of their communities. NALC offers many ways for members to get involved. Come to this workshop to discover why it is important for your branch to participate, to become aware of how to build your branch, and to generate public support of letter carriers in the communities we serve. We will discuss Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) events, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the recognition of letter carrier heroes, Postal Employees’ Relief Fun (PERF) and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). We encourage branches that are having success to come and share ideas with those who may just be getting started in planning and promoting community service initiatives. Branches that participate in NALC community service programs have higher morale, greater turnout at other union functions and engage members who might not otherwise get involved. If you or your branch are looking for ways to make a difference in your community, your branch or even your own life, please come to this workshop and help us find ways to get members involved to do great things in the places we live and work.


Travel Expenses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) rules surrounding the proper payment of branch-related travel expenses are complex. In this class Dave Dorsey, partner at WithumSmith+Brown, will focus on identifying what the government expects of your branch and what receipts and other records are necessary to properly substantiate each disbursement. The class will explore federal per diem payments, the reimbursement of actual expenses incurred, and will provide examples of what to do and what not to do when paying travel expenses. The use of branch credit cards also will be discussed, as will electronic reporting options. Questions and concerns will be encouraged throughout the workshop.


TSP Pre-Separation Workshop: To Retirement and Beyond

This course is designed to give late-career employees and service members the tools they need to make smart decisions with their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) savings as they prepare to retire. The agenda includes the TSP withdrawal options and death benefits, and it provides several retirement scenarios to get attendees thinking about how to best turn their savings into income. The workshop

will be presented by Damien Robertson and Randy Urban from TSP.


OWCP Tools for Success

Providing the right information to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) is both an art and a science. Kevin Card from the NALC Workers’ Compensation office will discuss how to effectively communicate with doctors and claims examiners to efficiently navigate the OWCP claims process. This class repeats on Thursday afternoon.




NALC Constitution, Bylaws and Elections

This workshop is designed to assist NALC branches with the minimum necessary items that should be in branch bylaws and common problems found by the Committee of Laws. In addition, the workshop will cover some of the rules and regulations governing the conduct of branch elections. (Each participant should bring the NALC Constitution found in your registration bag.) Organizing and Activism This class will cover several areas that fall under the responsibility of the executive vice president, including NALC’s Legislative and Political Network, collective bargaining, organizing, and communication. Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe and several headquarters staffers will discuss the various structures in place and activism needed to succeed in each of these areas.


Me Too: Is Sexual Harassment a Problem in the Postal Service?

The recent #MeToo movement has called attention to the fact that sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in many workplaces. The movement has not only empowered victims to speak out, but also sparked the creation and sharing of best practices, training programs and action plans-all of which are meant to result in institutional change. Unions play an important role in this

movement by holding employers responsible for their actions. In this workshop, Secretary-

Treasurer Nicole Rhine and research assistant Holly Feldman-Wiencek will give an overview of what USPS is doing to address sexual harassment, present tools other unions have developed to protect workers, and lead a discussion about sexual harassment at USPS and your ideas about what NALC can do to protect letter carriers.


Fully Informed Retirement Decisions

This class is a repeat of Wednesday morning’s workshop.


Work Hour Fraud—Identifying and Preventing a Supervisor’s Intentional False Editing of Clock Rings

This class is a repeat of Wednesday morning’s workshop.




Developments in the U.S. Labor Movement

There are a variety of new factors that pose a threat to the U.S. labor movement. In recent years, there has been a surge in the formation of new companies that use workforces made up of independent contractors. In addition to the changes in employer-employee relationships, labor in the United States continues to face attacks from more traditional anti-union groups via legislation and the courts. There have been several adverse “right to work” rulings in the states in recent years, and this year’s Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME threatens to undermine public-sector workers. While it may seem like a daunting series of challenges, there are reasons for hope. This workshop will review the challenges at hand, and a number of the recent positive actions that workers in the United States have taken to try to improve their lives. Bruce Simon, NALC’s general

counsel and a partner at Cohen, Weiss and Simon, will participate on the panel to share his experience and perspective with NALC membership during this workshop.


Legislative & Political Agenda

With the House, Senate and White House administration under one-party control, NALC has continued to engage and educate members of Congress and the administration on issues that are important to letter carriers. From postal reform efforts to federal employee health and retirement issues, come learn about Congress’s agenda in the remainder of the 115th, how NALC continues to roll with the times on Capitol Hill and get an update on the upcoming midterm elections.


FMLA 2018: Insights and Guidance for Letter Carriers and Local Leaders

This class provides an overview of the rights of employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act. In addition, the class will cover other topics such as recent changes in the FMLA and how they affect letter carriers, common issues that arise from the Postal Service’s administration of the FMLA, and the FMLA in the grievance procedure.


CCA Rights and Benefits and the Process of Conversion to Career Status

This session covers what every NALC activist and CCA should know when a CCA is converted into a career position. Much of the focus of this workshop will be on the changes in, and the election process for, benefits upon conversion to career employment. The process for filling full-time regular

opportunities pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Full-time Regular Opportunities

– City Letter Carrier Craft also will be discussed.


OWCP Tools for Success

This class is a repeat of Wednesday afternoon’s workshop.





The following proposed amendments to the NALC Constitution will be considered by the 71st Biennial Convention in Detroit. Strikethrough indicates proposed language to be deleted. Proposed new language is printed in bold. The Constitution is available on the NALC website at



Branches, State Associations, Membership


Amend Article 2, Section 1(a) as follows:

Section 1. Membership in the National Association of Letter Carriers shall be open without regard

to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, handicap, or marital status. Membership shall be:

      (a). regular branch members who shall be non-supervisory employees in the Postal Service, and regular branch members who the Executive Council has determined were unjustly separated from the Postal Service, retirees from that Service who were regular members of the NALC when they retired, and persons leaving the Service with coverage under Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP). Such retirees, OWCP departees, and non-letter carrier regular members shall have no voice or vote in the branch in any matter pertaining to the ratification of a national working agreement, local memorandum of understanding, or proposed work stoppage;

                                                                                                               The NALC Executive Council


Source and Distribution of Revenue


Amend Article 7, Section 2(a) as follows:

      Sec. 2 (a). There shall be a minimum dues structure which shall consist of the following: Each member shall pay monthly dues equal to two hours base pay for an NALC Grade 1, Step D letter

carrier employed by the United States Postal Service. After November 24, 2018, each member shall pay monthly dues equal to two hours base pay for an NALC Step D letter carrier in the consolidated career City Carrier grade level (Table One) implemented on that date. One third of such dues shall be allocated to the national union and shall be designated the national per capita tax. The remaining two thirds of such dues shall be allocated to the member’s branch and shall be

designated minimum branch dues.

                                                                                                               The NALC Executive Council


Duties of Officers

Vice President

Amend Article 9, Section 3 by adding the following new item 3(a) as follows:

      Sec. 3 (a). The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the Executive Vice President and in case of death, resignation, disqualification, refusal, or neglect of the Executive Vice President to discharge the duties of his/her office, the Vice President shall perform all duties incumbent upon the Executive Vice President until the next biennial election shall be held and his/her successor duly installed.

                                                                                               Tri-Valley Branch 2902, Chatsworth, CA


Collective Bargaining

Amend Article 16, Section 1 as follows:

      Section 1. Every member, by becoming or remaining a member of the Association, appoints the Association as his/her exclusive bargaining representative for purposes of entering into collective

bargaining agreements with his/her employer, and for the resolution of any grievances or claims arising under such agreement. Each member agrees not to bring any action against the Association

or any officer or representative thereof, for any act or omission by it in the exercise of its responsibility as his/her exclusive bargaining representative; provided, that such suit may be brought against the Association, or an officer or representative, if the Association or that officer or representative has been guilty of a deliberate breach of trust injuring the suing member.

      The President shall appoint a Ballot Committee composed of fifteen (15) members from Branches in not less than fifteen (15) states.

      Ratification shall be a mail referendum vote, and the ballot shall be mailed only to regular members of the NALC, as defined in Article 2, Section 1(a), excluding retirees, OWCP departees, and non-letter carrier regular members, as shown by the records of the National Secretary- Treasurer as of ninety (90) days prior to the date that the proposed agreement is reached. The ballot shall provide only for the acceptance or rejection of the entire proposed agreement.

                                                                                                               The NALC Executive Council







Wayne County, MI



Branch 2184

71st Biennial National Convention

Cobo Center, Detroit July 16-20, 2018

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