MISALC Convention Highlights
The Michigan State Association of Letter Carriers 95th Biennial State Convention was held April 28 – 30 in Traverse City. Branch 2184 sent 31 delegates, who were all present and accounted for. The delegates attended all the required floor sessions and training that was offered by the state association.
Our guest speaker this year was NALC National Officer and Director of City Delivery Chris Jackson, who updated the delegates on the latest contractual issues as well as the postal related legislation facing city letter carriers. Assisting Brother Jackson in this was our own National Business Agent Troy Clark who gave an update on the Region and who took questions from the delegates in attendance. State Election Results
On behalf of the Branch I would like to congratulate our newly elected state officers and wish them all the best in their new term, especially our own two elected officers from Branch 2184. Long time state officer Cathy Tondreau who was reelected to another term as State Treasurer, and Branch EVP Walter McGregory who was elected Vice President of the state association. With Walter’s election as state vice president he now becomes
the highest-ranking state officer ever to serve from Branch 2184.
Phil Ashford Michigan State Steward of the Year!
The Michigan State Association selected Phil Ashford to receive the Fred Herman award as Michigan’s Steward of the year. Each year the state association selects a steward of the year for the state of Michigan. Our Branch now has the distinction of having five Fred Herman award winners since its inception some twenty years ago.
Every Branch President is asked to nominate a worthy recipient for the award. The Branch President must write a short essay explaining why their nominee is deserving of the award. The essay must explain the nominee’s demonstrated knowledge of the contract, how he or she communicates with the members, how they set a good leadership example by protecting and promoting a positive image of the NALC through their participation in NALC meetings and activities, and how they support and promote the Letter Carrier Political Fund and the NALC’s legislative and political activities.
Phil is a long time Branch activist and was appointed as an alternate steward in 2013, he was elected steward in 2015. In 2018 he was appointed as my formal Step A designee in Inkster and continues in his role as their titled steward as well. As a Steward and Step A advocate Phil has effectively challenged management while consistently obtaining remedy for managements contractual violations.
Phil’s service to the Branch does not stop with his contract enforcement duties. He is also very actively involved in the numerous other union activities and functions sponsored by the Branch. Phil is second to none when it comes to volunteering his time, whether it be for MDA events such as the Branch Picnic, Satchel Drive, Bowlathon, or Cannister Drive, or participating in the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day March. Whatever the event I know I can always count on Phil being there to help out. Phil has also helped to sign up and recruit LCPF contributors on behalf of the Branch. He is also a great proponent of the NALC’s political and legislative agendas. Phil finds the time to attend every training function offered by the NALC and has attained a high level of knowledge for the betterment of the Branch and our members. He dutifully attends all membership
and steward meetings and helps mentor our younger stewards and alternates. Phil is to be commended for setting a fine example for the members of our Branch. I was proud to nominate Phil for this prestigious award and we are even prouder that he was selected. On behalf of the Branch congratulations Phil!
-- Mark Judd
Wayne County, MI
AFL - CIO
May / June 2019