Frank Marinacci 1167 Suwanee Rd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Once again it has been my honor and privilege to have been the District 4 Chairman for the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers, I would like to thank the members in my District for electing me, and the board members, for all their support, and I am looking forward to serving my Local, my District, the State Association, and National for many years to come.
Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!! a convention is here!!!!!!!!!!! it will be great to see everyone again in one of the most important settings of we can ask for TRAINING!!!!!!!! As the District 4 Chair, and a shop steward, I realize how important knowledge is, it’s not just the overtime, don’t get me wrong, getting carriers paid is nice, however it’s also safety, other contractual rights, SAVING CARRIER JOBS, etc. and everything else that goes with the responsibility of being a steward, and a leader. Nothing makes me feel prouder, than getting a carrier’s discipline taken care of, all that does is protect the carrier from losing their job, and that is the most important factor as a steward. The job is everything, without it there are no benefits, salary etc.
In the past 2 years there have been some really tough times, and there have been GREAT times. The pandemic was an unexpected burden on all of us, however the NALC stood proud in the face of this disaster and came through, by being the union that we are.
This past November the working families of America pulled together to elect President Joe Biden with the hope that unionism will be able to progress without being attacked, to make everyone live the American dream, fair days wage for a fair day’s work.
Speaking of which, we now have a new contract, raises, COLA’S, yes as of this writing, there was no back pay yet, but it is on the way, be patient, we didn’t have it, but it sure will be sweet when it arrives. We are lucky to be in the hands of GREAT LABOR LEADERS, I am proud of our national president Fred Rolando, and his staff in Washington, the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers President Al Friedman and the State Association as I am sure all of you are too. Makes us all proud to be members of this GREAT UNION. Remember united we stand divided we fall, we all have our own personal agendas, but we must stick together for the good of the WHOLE.
We all still need to be aware of what the postal service is trying to do when it comes to our jobs, salaries, and benefits. We must remember that no one is going to protect us but us, all my union brothers and sisters, and together we can accomplish anything that is thrown at us as a UNION. When you return to your offices, bring back all the information, and training materials from here at the convention to the carriers that were unable to attend. It is our job as UNION delegates to spread the word.
It was my honor to have been elected a trustee of Branch 53 and shop steward in the Daytona Beach GMF almost 3 years ago. I now have the position of the Director of Health Benefits for Branch 53. I have served my branch for almost 30 years, and I will continue to do so in whatever capacity my sisters and brothers ask of me.
Again no one is going to protect us but us, all my union brothers and sisters, and together we can weather the storms that are ahead. So, bring back all the information, and training materials from here at the convention to the carriers that were unable to attend. It is our job to spread the word.
ALSO IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO GIVE TO THE LETTER CARRIER POLITICAL FUND, BECAUSE NONE OF OUR UNION DUES GOES TO THE LETTER CARRIER POLITICAL FUND, SO IF YOU GIVE $5.00 FIVE DOLLARS, THAT’S CORRECT FIVE DOLLARS PER PAY PERIOD IT WILL HELP SAVE OUR JOBS, BENEFITS AND SALARIES, remember the Postal Service doesn’t just give us what we have, we HAVE EARNED/FOUGHT for everything that we do have. Money given to the political fund goes to helping those who help us, SO GIVE!!!!!!!
Have a great convention.
In Union Always,
Frank A. Marinacci
District 4 Chair-Florida State Association of Letter Carriers
Branch 53 Director of Health Benefits
Shop Steward Daytona Beach GMF
ALSO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE AFTER 38 PLUS YEARS, A RETIRED LETTER CARRIER WHO OWES ALOT OF WHAT I HAVE TO MY UNION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE MY UNION AT THE LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL LEVELS,THANK YOU ALL.