About That Raise...

From the AFL-CIO

Eleven years ago today, Congress passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which was the last time federal politicians raised pay for those who work the hardest for the least. Since then, the value of the minimum wage has dipped 10 percent because of inflation, while the earnings of the country’s wealthiest earners have continued to soar.

America’s working families are united behind an agenda to raise pay, so nobody who works full-time will live in poverty.

A national worker-led movement to raise pay has been gaining momentum for years because we need better wages to live and for our communities to thrive. Yet politicians in Congress have not answered the call and instead have rigged the rules of our economy against us.

We want a $15 minimum wage because nobody who works full-time should live in poverty.

We want the freedom to join in union with our co-workers to negotiate with our employers for fair pay and benefits.

We want working family champions who will work with us to write new economic rules, so our families and our communities can thrive.

Rising pay creates a virtuous cycle of higher living standards, growing consumer demand and greater business investment, which fuels a race to the top.

Working people want a fair economy with good pay and benefits and a secure retirement, and we’ll organize and mobilize to win it.

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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