The recent Shop Steward training held in Hagerstown, Maryland February 25 and 26 was the most advanced and, from everyone I talked to, best training ever received. Our NBA, Tim Dowdy and Regional Administrative Assistant, Vada Preston, did a fine job. Some of the training included Article 12 and withholding, pivoting and artificial undertime, protecting medical privacy, Stewards rights, FMLA, and the sick leave program. Over 100 Carriers participated in this advanced Steward training. Everyone had the opportunity to ask as many questions as they wanted. I like that format because you can learn from the other questions and answers.

Tim Dowdy announced that Hugh McElroy will become a Regional Administrative Assistant. Hugh is on our Executive Board, is the Chief Shop Steward out of Diamond Farms and is the State President for the Maryland and DC State Association. His solid Union work will be missed by NALC Branch 3825, but he will now be able to help more Letter Carriers. Good luck Hugh, our loss will be other peoples gain. Tonya Detrick will replace Hugh as our State President and I believe she will do a great job. In fact, Tonya Detrick and Annette Taylor were complimented from the floor for the excellent job they are doing as our Step B representatives. They were given a standing ovation!

Something must be done at the National level concerning the mandate to keep ODL employees at home on their nonscheduled days while forcing NON-ODL's to work off their routes on overtime!

Please visit our web site set up by Union Brother Chuck Clark at (WWW.NALC3825.COM). We have added important Step B and arbitration decisions and some contentions. You can also see the number of stops on each route, and detailed colored maps for every route in the country!




Kenneth Lerch

President NALC 3825