The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is the union
of city delivery letter carrier
s working for the United States Postal Service
, the Milwaukee
Letter Carriers, knowing many of their fellow carriers would be attending the Grand Army of the Republic
Encampment in their city that summer
, issued an official call to meet during the reunion to form a national
association and act on other matters of importance to letter carriers. On August 29, 1889 60 letter carriers from 18 states
gathered together and unanimously adopted a resolution to form a National Association of Letter Carriers.
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 for letter carriers.
Since then the union has fought to maintain adequate pay and working conditions for all its members. In 1970
over 200,000 letter carriers and other postal
employees across the country
walked out in response to Richard Nixon
's refusal to provide an adequate pay raise for letter carriers.
Now there are 312,500 active
and retired members of the NALC, of which over 241,000 are city delivery letter carriers currently employed by the U.S.
Postal Service. There are 2,712 local branches representing letter carriers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia
, Puerto Rico
, the Virgin Islands
NALC is affiliated with the AFL-CIO
Most information in this write up is from http://www.nalc.org