499 will have our annual Christmas dinner at 6:00 PM on December
11th, this is one hour prior to the regular December
meeting. Your Union will provide the meat and beverages,
we ask everyone to bring a covered dish. With the heavy
mail volume and the late starting times feel free to come
straight from work, we always have carriers show up at regular
meetings still in their uniforms.
At the December meeting the election
will be hald for the following Branch offices: President,
Sgt-At-Arms, Editor, and one Trustee. This is your Union,
and you should cast your vote on who you choose to represent
your Branch. If you cannot attend the dinner, the regular
Branch meeting will be held at 7 PM December 11th.
As of this writing of this article a
committee was formed at the last meeting to have a
Dinner/Dance. The committee went straight to work and has
set the date of January 17th for this event. The event
will be held at the George Meyn Hall at 126th and State
Ave. Mark your calendars and watch the Union paper for the
details to follow.
The Open Season for Health Benefits
has been extended to December 29th. I would encourage all
members to compare the NALC Health Benefit Plan to all other
plans. This year the NALC Plan had only a modest increase
which was below the average premium increase for FEHBP
plans. To be exact, Self Only was increased $1.05 to
$29.76 biweekly, and Self and Family was increased $0.38 to
#42.75 biweekly for all active letter carriers. The NALC
plan is the only federal plan which is owned, operated, and
administered by your Union. It also employs union workers
who administer and operate the plan to NALC members. Last
year the NALC plan picked up a lot of new members, this year it
is looking for more. With growing membership only the NALC
plan will continue to maintain benefits and hold premiums down
because all savings are past onto its members.
As the year 2003 comes to an end,
all carrier should be aware of the challenges which we will face
in 2004. Each member in the upcoming year must be prepared
for the legislative battle to protect our jobs. Our
representatives in Congress must support protecting our
jobs. Be prepared in 2004 to write letters to
Congress. If you have not already done so, give to COLCPE.
Our National President Young has set the ground work in 2003, in
2004 the action must begin. The political battle is won
with numbers. Numbers translates into letters and
dollars. Be Prepared!!!
In closing I would like to
thank all members who have supported me as your President in
past years. After the December elections we must all
support the officers which will be chosen to represent your
I would personally like to wish all
of you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season.
Hope to see you at the
- Don VanBrunt