Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders, Perfect Together

Hugh J. Campbell

Hugh J. Campbell Son of a steelworker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders have been speaking the language of the people -- expressing concerns about the environment and the economy and calling for solutions -- and their approval ratings are soaring.... while the US Congress has been ignoring these concerns and they are lucky if they can raise their collective approval rating above single digits.

Pope Francis is standing up against the Jesus-with-a-gun "Patriot" soldier Christian image that was branded by George W. Bush in his run to become the 43rd president of the United States -- an election he won with overwhelming support from "Evangelical Christians."

There is no doubt that the #GOP - Republican Party a.k.a. "Greed Over People" is fully bought-and-paid for by the #Billionaires and their multinational corporations... then here's a Pope in their face in 2013 --- Taking back Jesus!

The article, The Pope is Taking Back Jesus - In America states that the top challenger for the Democratic nomination could not be more different. Sanders is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and against the Keystone XL pipeline, reasons that the largest nurses' union decided to endorse him. On the other hand, Hillary gets a huge chunk of money from the Wall Street bankers that Bernie Sanders intends to tax in order to pay for tuition-free college. He also intends to let students refinance high-interest US Government student loans.

These are some of the differences that will be discussed at the Democratic Presidential Debates that begin the evening of Oct. 13, 2015 on CNN.

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Hugh Campbell is a seasoned financial professional, currently providing subject matter expertise on a variety of regulatory topics, including the Dodd-Frank Act, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and overall compliance monitoring. Hugh has previously held positions as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Chief Audit Executive (CAE) and Director of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance.

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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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