Monday, June 18, 2007

National Association of Letter Carriers

Founded in 1889, the National Association of Letter Carriers is regarded as one of the leading unions in organized labor, a strong force for workers' causes in Congress, and a dedicated advocate of the rights of rank-and-file members.

According to its Web site, the union's first major task was to win implementation of the eight-hour workday which was deliberately being ignored throughout the country. It was not until the NALC won a Supreme Court decision and $3.5 million overtime award in 1893 that the eight-hour day was truly recognized.

In 1989, the NALC culminated a yearlong observance of its Centennial with a gala celebration in Milwaukee, WI, the birthplace of the union and the unveiling of the NALC's Letter Carrier Statue which is shown above.

Today the NALC continues to press its fight in both the workplace and the Halls of Congress to enhance the competitiveness of the U. S. Postal Service and to improve the economic and social well-being of the nation's city delivery letter carriers.

For more on the National Association of Letter Carriers, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM