Respect for Human Dignity

From the AFL-CIO

It was 54 years ago this week that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “to promote a more abiding commitment to freedom, a more constant pursuit of justice and a deeper respect for human dignity.” More than half a century later, the labor movement is continuing that fight.

Just this weekend, working people took the struggle for social and economic justice to the streets, joining together at the White House and across the country to stand up for the rights and dignities of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

While in Memphis, Tennessee, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination earlier this year, AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka reflected on the intertwined fight at the heart of the labor movement.

The various struggles for our fundamental rights—from a living wage to voting to family unification—are ultimately tied together.

At the AFL‑CIO’s convention last fall, working people declared our commitment to that universal fight, resolving:

  1. We will stand against racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, sexism and homophobia—against every kind of hatred and every form of politics that seeks to divide working people;
  2. We will stand for the idea that every person is of equal dignity—that we are a country ruled by the principle of one person, one vote, not one dollar, one vote; and
  3. We utterly oppose fascism and the idea that those who fight fascism are the same who raise the swastika and put on the white hood. There is no moral equivalence between the men and women who fill our military graveyards and the armies of hate they defeated.

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Posted In: From AFL-CIO, Union Matters

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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