Brothers and Sisters,
I am extremely hesitant to write on this subject; however, I believe
that I would be derelict in my duty if I did not inform the members of
Region 6 of this important topic—the 2020 Presidential Election.
I know I may have just lost a few readers. I understand. Politics is
something personal, and discussions of political philosophies should
only be with those who do not get offended or frustrated when
opposing positions are encountered. You must always be careful when
discussing politics with friends and family. I consider NALC members
to be both. My intention is not to upset anyone, but instead, to only
point out researched facts.
As you see, I am only writing about our joint professional items of concern - our jobs. There are many more facts that can be listed regarding attacks from this administration on the Postal Service and collective bargaining. However, due to space restraints,
I will move on.
Everyone has their own "other" platforms that are important to them. Our jobs and livelihood are what we have in common. If we do not have our jobs, will we be able to support those "other" platforms? That is why it is imperative we consider voting for an administration that is friendly to our livelihoods.
Our union reflects the diversity of our country. We are comprised of all political ideologies, and we live in a country that allows for the free expression of these differences and similarities. Everyone has the freedom to vote for their choice on their personal interests.
Please do your own research on the candidates, but please keep in mind the way you vote will influence your livelihood. Can you afford to be without your job and benefits? Can your family afford it?
Speaking of elections, we are coming into that time of year for branch elections. Due to COVID-19 concerns, President Rolando has granted branches dispensations in the conducting of branch elections until it is safe to do so.6 If, however, your branch wishes to conduct elections and you cannot per your branch bylaws, request dispensation on how you intend to conduct the branch elections safely and democratically keeping in mind the branch still has to conform with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act(LMRDA) and the NALC Constitution.7
One last note on branch elections, if you believe there were any violations of the LMRDA or the NALC Constitution during the election process, please refer to the NALC handbook entitled "NALC Regulations Governing Branch Election Procedures".
This resource can be found by going to the NALC website under the "Union Administration" tab, clicking on the Secretary-Treasurer's page and selecting "Election Information". There are time limits for appeals. Therefore, get familiar with this handbook prior to branch nominations and elections.
As always you may reach out to our office for any guidance needed. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.
1 Federal News Network (12/4/2018)
2 Trump White House Briefing (4/24/2020)
3Trump White House Briefing (8/15/2020)
4 FoxBusiness Network Interview of Trump by Maria Bartiromo
5 NALC website (nalc.org)
6 March 11, 2020 Letter from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando
7 NALC Website (nalc.org)
-- Troy Clark
National Business Agent Region 6
Kentucky - Indiana - Michigan (KIM)
National Business Agent - Region 6