Thinking of Retirement?

csrsfersBranch 20 Members, request a copy of either the CSRS or FERS Questions & Answers handbook.

Send your requests to:
Paul Daniels, President
NALC Branch 20
200 East Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450

Reminder:
Employees can fill out their retirement papers on the clock.


Retiree Breakfast

One hundred eighty (180) active and retired letter carriers and their families attended CT Merged Branch 20’s 31st annual Union Breakfast in honor of our retired members at the Four Seasons hotel in Meriden on Oct. 2, 2016.

Retirees Breakfast, gold card members
President Daniels (C) with 50-year gold card members (L-R) Jim Brooks, Anthony Guerrera,
Jim Frederick and George Dostaler.

Union-Made Miracle on the Hudson

By Jim Hightower

In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist, are no longer needed. They tell us that in today’s entrepreneurial economy, workers must compete with each other, not cooperate.

Before swallowing that wad of hornswoggle, let’s revisit Flight 1549. As it took off from New York City in 2009, the jet hit a flock of geese, lost all power, and had nowhere to try a crash landing. But Captain Sully Sullenberger knew what to do. He used the Hudson River as a landing strip. Amazingly, it worked. Dubbed the “miracle on the Hudson,” all 150 passengers were saved.

But no supernatural powers were at work – Captain Sully himself is not only a member of the Airline Pilots Association, but also served on that union’s national governing committee and was its former safety chairman. Indeed, he and the APA union have had to fight airline chieftains who keep trying to cut back on the safety training programs that teach crews how to save lives.

Sully wasn’t alone in this miracle. The cool-headed flight attendants who quickly moved over one hundred panicked people off the plane were members of the Association of Flight Attendants, another union that trains it workers to avert disasters.
The ferry crews that zipped into action, skillfully maneuvering their boars within four inches of the plane’s wings to rescue passengers – they’re in the Seafarers International Union, which gave them the safety courses that enabled them to respond as they did.

The cops, firefighters, and air traffic controllers also performed marvelously – all union trained.

At a time when corporate interests in all sectors of our economy are trying to eliminate unions, remember Flight 1549, the union-made miracle on the Hudson

Jim Hightower’s commentary courtesy Other Words.org.


Branch 20 Members Attend NALC National Convention

NALC convention
(Left to Right) Steward David Adeyemi, HBR Representative Kate Tavernier, President Paul Daniels, Secretary June Ruszala-Martin and Treasurer Norm St. Arnauld.

The five Branch 20 members shown above attended the NALC National Convention in Los Angeles, CA as national delegates the week of August 13th along with approximately 5,000 delegates from across the country.

We attended all the working sessions and many of the morning and afternoon classes. We represented Branch 20 proudly and thank the members for the opportunity to attend.


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NALC CT Merged Branch 20 represents 655 active and 360 retired City Letter Carriers in the following Connecticut Post Offices:

Colchester • Cromwell • Danielson • East Hampton • Groton • Jewett City • Meriden • Middletown • Mystic • Moosup • New London • New Milford • Norwich • Old Saybrook • Pawcatucket • Plantsville • Portland • Prospect • Southington • Storrs • Taftville • Thomaston • Torrington • Uncasville • Vernon • Waterbury • Wolcott • Waterford • Watertown/Oakville • Willimantic