We have recently signed off on Article 8 Section 5G (overtime issues) grievance settlements for SEXTUPLE TIME for each hour of violation. Thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars! It is now costing the Postal Service more than $150.00 per hour of violation! This breaks down to quadruple time for the NON-ODL ($100.00 per hour) and penalty pay for the ODL. We may have reached a monetary level where management is taking notice. Finally, the Article 8 Section 5G violations have slowed to a trickle! Thank goodness!

On July 3, 2009 Fred Rolando was sworn in as the 18th president of the NALC. President Rolando will govern our Union during the most challenging and turbulent era ever faced by the Postal Service. Currently, the Postal Service is losing 2 BILLION DOLLARS per quarter! However, this is not a time to panic. We have the resources, and the right leader in Fred Rolando, to overcome these daunting challenges. I have great confidence in Fred Rolando and have known him since 1988 when he was the president of Sarasota, Florida branch 2148.

We will overcome all of these unprecedented challenges and prevail because of the Solidarity of 300,000 active and retired Union Letter Carriers! Solidarity, that's always the answer to any challenge faced by organized labor. IN OUR UNITY, LIES OUR STRENGTH!

Please visit our web site set up by Union Brother Chuck Clark at (WWW.NALC3825.COM). We have added important Step B decisions, Formal A settlements as well as arbitration decisions and some contentions. You can see how much money each supervisor in the nation makes. You can also see the number of stops on each route, and detailed colored maps for every route in the country! We are now getting more than 700 hits on some days!


Kenneth Lerch

President NALC 3825