The election is just (one) day away. Please check the NALC website to find out whether early voting has begun in your state. It’s easy—click here and click on your state on the national map.
If voting has begun, please vote as soon as possible. This will facilitate our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts by eliminating your name and address from calling and canvassing lists amassed by the AFL-CIO for the Labor 2012 program. It will also free you up to volunteer on Election Day to turn out the vote for pro-letter carrier candidates for federal office. Click here for the locations of Labor 2012 offices where you can volunteer, even if it’s for just a couple of hours. Every little bit helps—and don’t assume that someone else will do it. It’s time for you to stand up and be counted as an activist.
No other group of workers has more at stake in this election than postal employees. The future of the Postal Service—of Saturday delivery, of exclusive access to the nation’s mailboxes, of the postal monopoly, and of our collective-bargaining rights—will be determined by the next Congress and the next president. Postal legislation must be passed in the next several months to avert a cash crisis.
It is vital that we re-elect President Obama because whoever wins the White House will have to negotiate postal reform legislation with Congress. President Obama supports the mission of the Postal Service and our rights. Judging by the GOP platform, a President Romney would not.
Please vote early—today, if you can—and for sure by Tuesday, Nov. 6. Our working lives, job security and standard of living depend on it.
Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers