From 2006 to 2015 I served as an Executive Committeeman for the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association. I represented 126,000 employees of the United States Postal Service. I negotiated national collective bargaining agreements, this also meant I represent the carriers in binding arbitration if a national agreement wasn't reached. I trained representatives on the collective bargaining agreement, I also represented rural carriers in the grievance/arbitratiuon process when the collective bargaining agreement wasn't followed. I had 72 direct reports that I was responsible for training and managing. This meant mentoring, approving/disapproving their expenses and leave, and issuing appropriate discipline.
As Chairman of the Executive Committee I performed all of the afore mentioned tasks with the addition of serving as liason between the Untied States Congress and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association. I met with members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate regularly. I have also testified before congress on postal/labor matters.
As the Illinois State Steward I represented 5,000 rural letter carriers. I trained and managed 6 full-time employees and 80 part-time employees. I represented rural carriers in all collective bargaining matters. In recognition of my service I recieved the 2007 Outstanding Member of the Year Award from both the Illinois Rural Letter Carriers' Association and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association.
As a rural letter carrier I reported to work, sorted mail to individual families on my assigned route and delivered the mail. At the end of the route I returned to the office signed out and went home. I had approximately 400 deliveries per day on a 103 mile route. I was never disciplined and recieved the Million Mile Award for having over 30 years of continuious service without an accident.
The United States Postal Service promotes from within and provides training to employees who want the opportunity to advance themselves. I was given the opportunity to hold various adhoc postions and recieved extensive training in automation, communications, human resources, labor relations, operations program support, and delivery operations.
I served as Co-Chair on 4 differrent Quality of Work Life Employee Envolvement Area Joint Steering Committees. This was an executive committee having oversight of distict committees. This committee met once a month to reviewed all proposals submitted from district committees. We made the determination as to whether the proposal was viable to be implemented and at what level.
I served as Co-Chair of two different QWL/EI District Committees. This committee reviewed workteam proposals made a judgement as to whether the propsal had merit and if so directed the propsal to the correct department.
I served as Co-Chair of the QWL/EI Clearing Committee for the Gateway District. This committee reviewed workteam proposals. Contacted the workteam if there were questions about the proposal. Forward the proposal to the Distict Joint Steering Committee with a reccomendation. We also tracted the proposals through the process and reported back to the district joint steering committee and workteam each month as to the proposals progress.
I served as a Facilitator for the QWL/EI Process. I trained workteams on how to work together, developing ideas into proposals and then submitting the proposals to the proper department for review and possible implementation.
I served as Train the Trainer. Originally this position was to train Rural Academy Trainers on how to train rural carriers. But that soon changed to training just about anybody that the District Manager felt needed to be trained. So to be able to train employees I given training on just about every function in the Postal Service
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