NC AFL-CIO Hails Death – For Now – Of State ‘Voter ID’ Law

Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg Editor, Press Associates Union News

The North Carolina AFL-CIO is hailing the death – for now – of the state’s notoriously discriminatory Republican-passed so-called “voter ID” law.

“North Carolina’s ‘monster voting’ law is dead, but lawmakers determined to suppress the vote say they’ll try again,” the state fed warned in a tweet on May 15.

Earlier that day, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling tossing out the law. Federal District Judge Diana Motz, who originally threw out the law, found that the state’s Republican-dominated legislature wrote it “with almost surgical precision” to disenfranchise African-Americans in the Tar Heel State.

Still pending before the High Court: Legal challenges to the GOP-approved racially based gerrymandering of both the state legislature and North Carolina’s U.S. House districts.

 

The state fed was one of many groups that protested state lawmakers’ actions. The legal cases against voter ID and redistricting were filed by the Obama administration Justice Department, North Carolina’s NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The voter ID law was one of the top causes that led the Rev. William Barber to launch the Moral Mondays movement, which has brought tens of thousands of people into the streets of Raleigh, the state capital, for more than a year. On May 15, Barber announced he would step down as head of the state NAACP to take the Moral Mondays movement nationwide, by reviving Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967-68 Poor People’s Campaign.

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Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

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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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