NALC President Rolando’s statement on 2016 election results

Here is a statement by Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, about the results of the 2016 general election for president and for members of Congress:

Although yesterday’s election did not turn out as we had hoped, the American people have spoken.

Our endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and of so many other candidates who came up short at the polls, was always about their positions on workplace issues of importance to letter carriers and about their support for a vibrant U.S. Postal Service.

We congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump and pledge our determination to work with the new administration and the leaders of the newly elected Congress to strengthen our country and our Postal Service.

Had we prevailed in more races, we would have been in a better position to achieve sensible postal reform legislation and to protect the interests of active and retired members of the NALC. But now we face a lot of uncertainty. We intend to engage with the Trump administration and the new Congress to advance our issues while continuing to vigorously defend letter carriers’ jobs and standard of living as well as the benefits and interests of our retired members.

I remain convinced that strengthening the Postal Service is not a partisan issue. It is an invaluable national institution to all Americans, regardless of where they live and how they voted. Indeed, enacting bipartisan reform presents the new Congress with a way to bring our nation together and to heal the deep political divisions exposed by the 2016 election.

I want to thank the thousands of letter carriers who volunteered their time and energy to help turn out the vote for pro-letter carrier candidates. Win or lose, their dedicated service on behalf of their fellow letter carriers is deeply appreciated.

As a union, we must remain united and strong. We must continue to remember that our diversity is a strength that we can use to pursue our common interests. As long as we have solidarity for each other and for all American workers, there is hope for a better tomorrow.

Source: NALC President Rolando’s statement on 2016 election results | National Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO

  • Nevman

    So Fred……are you now going to stop your effort to push all retired carriers into Medicare. I’m sure you’ve got an exemption in there for all of the NALC execs.

  • Old Mule

    He has already stated that he supports pushing retirees into Medicare. Now if he ever gets back to attempting to get a new contract after the old one expired expired 6 months ago and whether he’s going to agree to more givebacks or move on and fight for the members in arbitration is the million dollar question as he has refused to update the members since his last vague statement in May that they are extending negotiations.

  • burger king

    rolando doesn’t care one can of beans for any of us as long as he is eating steak for supper every night

  • norte

    Remind me what the Republicans want concerning the USPS?, now that they have full legislative control…, they may get it..

  • madfromap

    Rolando is horrible but way better than who ran against him who couldn’t pronounce dois . These increases of 1. something percent is garbage , hardest craft and we continuously get dumped on . If they reach an agreement we should send a message to vote it down and take our chances through arbitration . If we can’t get bigger increases in pay how about more annual and sick leave .

  • Old Mule

    That would be Beef Wellington at Morton’s in DC, and fine dining and hotels and big per diems going into his pockets on the backs of the members.No Burger King for King Rolando!

  • Mr.Mailman

    The NRLCA,first up with the APWU chose to sell out for measly raises that amount to less than 1% after the 4% increase offset in the HB contribution,the APWU went all the way through arbitration and the arbitrator,Goldberg imposed it on the APWU,who were asking for 3% and no HB increase.The precedent was set and the NALC and NPMHU will get the same next to nothing “raises” whether from an arbitrator or from a negotiated agreement.