Holiday Pay for Holiday Workers

From the AFL-CIO

The holidays are a time that everyone holds dear. Working people do more than just enjoy the holidays. From the food on our holiday meal table to holiday shopping, working women and men help make the holidays happen.

That’s why it’s particularly shameful that Walmart eliminated holiday pay for its workers in 2016. As the nation’s largest employer, Walmart should set the bar for other employers.

No matter your beliefs, the holidays are a time when people come together and celebrate all the goodness that unites us. Walmart should honor the sacrifices made by its workers to make the holidays happen and commit to fair compensation for those employees.

Practices like this one send a clear message to working people that the company believes fair compensation for workers is less important than boosting corporate profits. Working people should have the freedom to be fairly compensated for this extra precious time.

We are not only working people, we are also consumers. When we speak up, we can use that power to push Walmart to do the right thing by its workers. Other large retailers such as Target, Macy’s and Best Buy have started offering holiday or premium pay. It’s time for the nation’s biggest employer to do the same.

Click here to add your name to the petition urging Walmart to bring back holiday pay for its workers.

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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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