The postmen were the first postal workers to form their own union. They had tried to organize a national union at least three times – in Washington in 1870, in Washington, in 1877 in New York and in New York in 1880.  Each year, on the second Saturday in May, when they deliver the mail, the postmen collect non-perishable food donations left by the mailboxes on their way from the mail customers participating in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It is considered the largest day food drive in the United States. Participation is purely voluntary. Nixon called 25,000 troops to transfer the mail to New York.  The strike ended after eight days, when local nalc leaders assured the strikers that an agreement had been reached, although their word was premature. Negotiations began 24 hours a day and a satisfactory agreement was reached on 2 April and was quickly approved by Congress. Over the years, the NALC has worked to negotiate the wages and working conditions of municipal factors. Some of the issues negotiated are the maximum weight of an item an employee must lift, the maximum weight an employee must carry in his bag, safe delivery methods and the factor uniform. The NALC is different from other unions in many respects. For example, membership is completely voluntary; NALC reports that its membership has 277,000 active and retired members, including approximately 180,000 active city delivery drivers employed by the U.S. Postal Service, either as full-time or part-time letterholders known as city assistants.
 NALC also refers to its chapters as “branches” and not “local.” NALC`s expertise has traditionally been in lobbying than in the traditional relationship between employment and employment services and collective bargaining. Like all federal authorities under the Taft-Hartley Act, the postal service is an “open store” and no one can be forced to join the NALC or another union to earn or pursue a government job. Other federal laws prohibit letter carriers, like other public employees, from striking. Nevertheless, more than 93% of all factors are naLC members and the union is now recognized as representing collective agreements for all urban transport companies.  Postman Mike Fosberg plays “Santa Claus a little bit” during the holiday season! Mike has been delivering mail for 19 years, but this year the number of parcels in the mail is more than ever, making it the busiest time of the year for postmen. He is a member of Fargo-West Fargo, ND Branch 205. We summarized the main features of the contract in the NALC Bulletin, which is sent to stations and offices across the country. Full details of the interim agreement, as well as the forward-looking pay schedules, other contractual changes and information relating to the new Declarations of Intent (MOUs), will be presented in the December issue of The Postal Record.
They will also be distributed in the coming days on the union`s electronic platforms. COLCPE`s stated goal is to help pro-lab, pro-mail carrier candidates be elected so they can go to Washington to support and protect postman jobs. The contribution to the CAP is strictly voluntary because federal law prohibits unions from using royalties for political purposes.  “Today I am pleased to announce that NALC and the United States