NALC Contract Ratification Update – Rap Session Announced

NALC News – 5/23/17 – Per Article 16 of the NALC Constitution, 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 non-letter carrier regular members as shown by the records of the national secretary-treasurer as of 90 days prior to the date that the proposed agreement is reached—which was May 12. Consistent with Article 2, Section 1 (a) of the NALC Constitution, retirees and Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) departees shall have no voice or vote in any matter pertaining to the ratification of a national working agreement.

NALC President Fredric V. Rolando has appointed the Ballot Committee for the purpose of monitoring and observing the dispatch, receipt and tabulation of the ratification ballot for the tentative National Agreement reached between NALC and the U.S. Postal Service. The Ballot Committee is made up of 15 NALC members from branches in no fewer than 15 states. The members of the committee are:

Region 1: Barbara Stickler, Garden Grove, CA Branch 1100
Region 2: Phillip Rodriquez, Salt Lake City Branch 111
Region 3: Mack Julion, Chicago Branch 11
Region 4: Adam Fung, Aurora, CO Branch 5996
Region 5: Rod Holub, Manhattan, KS Branch 1018
Region 6: Bobbi Green, Royal Oak, MI Branch 3126
Region 7: Caitlin Hill, Minneapolis Branch 9
Region 8: Antonia Shields, Birmingham, AL Branch 530
Region 9: Anthony Ali, Central Florida Branch 1091
Region 10: Vanessa Sanchez, San Antonio, TX Branch 421
Region 11: John Oross, Dayton, OH Branch 182
Region 12: Eryka Tolliver, Pittsburgh Branch 84
Region 13: Delano Wilson, Bowie, MD Branch 2611
Region 14: Christopher Henwood, Rutland, VT Branch 495
Region 15: Joe De Rossi, Jamaica, NY Branch 562
The Ballot Committee will arrive in Washington, DC, on June 19 to monitor and observe the mailing of the ballots.

Per the NALC Constitution, voting will be to either accept or reject the tentative agreement. Instructions will be included in the ballot mailing, as well as a copy of the complete text of the tentative agreement. Ballots will be due back on a specified date, likely in late July.

So that the tentative National Agreement can be fully discussed with branch and state leaders prior to the ratification voting, the 2017 National Conference—better known as a “rap session”—will be held June 14-15 at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. National rap sessions for state and branch presidents/designees are authorized in non-convention years by the NALC Constitution under Article 3, Section 4 (b).

The rap session will be used to educate branch leaders about the proposed contract. It’s hoped that this will give all NALC members the opportunity to attend a branch meeting following the rap session to learn about the tentative agreement and to get questions answered prior to submitting ratification ballots.

The rap session itself will be held on the morning of Wednesday, June 14. Workshops will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon and repeated in the morning on Thursday, June 15. There will be two three-hour workshops held simultaneously on Wednesday afternoon, each covering various topics of interest and importance to branch and state leaders. Those same workshops will be repeated on Thursday morning so all attending the rap session will have a chance to hear all of the information covered.

Workshop registration will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 13, with a reception in the evening. Additional registration will take place on the morning of June 14 prior to the rap session. The workshops on Thursday, June 15 will conclude by noon.

A limited number of rooms have been set aside for attendees at the Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City & Waterfront Conference Center. Click here for the link to hotel and travel information.

Additional information on exact times and locations of all events to be held at Harrah’s Resort will be provided in the near future.

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