League of Postmasters has been in the forefront in such areas as:
- Bringing Postmaster of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class post offices under the provisions of the Civil Service Retirement System.
- Fair Labor Standards Act applying to Postmasters.
- Establishing guidelines that must be followed before a post office may be closed.
- Establishing and defining Work Service Credits.
- Designing guidelines for the Supervisor Matrix.
- Congress adding Consultation Rights for Postmasters to the Postal Reorganization Act.
- Pay adjustments for Postmaster Relief employees.
- Program permitting lateral transfers for Postmasters.
- Increasing local purchasing authority for Postmasters.
- Offering such services to its members as: Quest Travel Program, Vision Care Program, Supplemental Retirement Program, access to a postal credit union, credit card program, prescription drug by mail program, Delta Dental program, and others.
- Establishing a Management By Participation/Leadership Sharing Process.
The League and its officers and leaders have testified on more than 120 occasions before the Congress of the United States on every topic affecting Postmasters and the Postal Service from health care to revenue foregone to post office closings to the borrowing authority of the Postal Service.
Postal Service Summary
Since 1887, the National League of Postmasters has distinguished itself as the premiere, professional organization for Postmasters. Today, it is still representing the interests of Postmasters and their families and their employer in a manner that brings credit to itself and all those who proudly proclaim membership.
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The California League of Postmasters is an Important part of the National League. Since 1887, the National League of Postmasters has distinguished itself as the premiere, professional organization for Postmasters. Today, it is still representing the interests of Postmasters and their families and their employer in a manner that brings credit to itself and all those who proudly proclaim membership.
League Mission Statement
The purposes for which the California League of Postmasters is organized as an independent, nonpartisan professional membership association shall be to: Provide a vehicle through which Postmasters and other members may assist one another in matters connected with their career employment in the United States Postal Service; Advance the proficiency of personnel in providing postal service promptly, reliably, and efficiently to individuals and businesses in all areas of the nation; Consult with the management of the United States Postal Service on policies that concern the welfare, happiness, and morale of Postmasters; Improve the conditions under which individual members work, having concern for salaries, hours of employment, working environment, adjustment of grievances, and labor disputes; Cooperate with other groups and levels of postal management in the achievement of common goals; Encourage contact among members in social, operational, and professional relationships.
History of the League
The National League of Postmasters had its beginnings in 1887 and came as a result of the nation’s Postmasters organizing to fight the "spoils system" that dictated their employment. This "system" meant the end of a Postmaster’s appointment with each change of political party in the White House. As Postmasters began to organize state by state and by levels of post offices, it was evident that there needed to be an organization that was national in scope to address the many issues faced by the nation’s Postmasters.
The turn of the 20th Century saw 62,000 Postmasters of the lowest level post offices being the lowest paid of all federal employees – averaging $163.70 per annum. It was they who needed the greatest amount of help, but it was all Postmasters who needed some security in the positions to which they had been appointed.
It was the National League of Postmasters who filled the need for the smallest post office Postmasters. And for a number of years, the League struggled for recognition and for Postmasters’ equity. In 1904 the first National Convention of League Postmasters was held, and a national organization was born and a national leadership elected. Oscar Pogue, Postmaster of Blum, Texas, became the League’s first national president. As the organization grew it included all Postmasters from the smallest rural communities to the largest cities of the nation. From its beginning, the National League of Postmasters has been a postal pioneer in the truest sense of the word. It has provided the leadership and means by which so much of today’s Postal Service succeeds.
All through the years, League Postmasters have worked to assure that America’s citizens receive the postal service they desire and pay for. Universal service at universal rates has been a proud accomplishment of the nation’s Postmasters, as have been scores of other products and services that benefit our nation’s citizens. Postmasters take pride in the job they do, the government they work for, and the people they serve. They lead with pride the 800,000 Postal Service employees who provide America with the best postal service at the lowest rates of any industrialized nation. And, they collect, process, and deliver 40 percent of the world’s mail day after day.
America’s Postmasters continue to provide unselfish, exemplary service and are especially proud to have had such notable leaders of our nation as Abraham Lincoln and Harry S. Truman to have been among the ranks of great Americans who enjoyed the title of Postmaster. The 27,000 members of today’s National League of Postmasters are proud of its long and illustrious history, proud of its role in helping to build our nation and make it stronger, and proud of the prestige that comes with having an important role in the government of the United States of America.
112th National League of Postmasters Convention
June 28 - July 2, 2015
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
Some Interesting Firsts
For the National League of Postmasters
The National League of Postmasters was the . . .
- First postal management organization to have a national publication—The Postmasters Advocate.
- First postal management organization to have a national newsletter—The Postmasters Advocate Express.
- First postal management organization to have a resident National Officer—National Secretary Tom Horner of New Jersey.
- First postal management organization to sponsor a health benefits plan for its members—The Postmasters Benefit Plan.
- First postal management organization to extend its health benefits plan to all federal employees.
- First postal management organization to purchase its own national headquarters building.
- First postal management organization to establish an annual training and legislative conference in Washington, DC.
- First postal management organization to have an Executive Director manage its National Headquarters—Ollie Corona of California.
- First postal management organization to have a resident National President in its National Headquarters.
- First postal management organization to install a 24- hour "hot line" for its members.
- First postal management organization to hire a full- time legislative consultant.
- First postal management organization to provide its members with Adverse Action Counselors (Deputy Directors).
- First postal management organization to hire a legal consultant to provide active and retired members with a Legal Services Benefit Program.
- First postal management organization to establish a Political Action Committee for Postmasters.
- First postal management organization to defy partisan political pressure from Postmasters General.
- First postal management organization to offer its members a cancer insurance plan and a hospital supplemental program.
- First postal management organization to host reception for Postmasters attending MAS classes in Washington, DC.
- First postal management organization to establish a national organization for retired Postmasters.
- First postal management organization to establish an auxiliary organization for Postmasters’ family members.
- First and only postal management organization to initiate an Improved Managers Program and offer it to its members and their families.
- First and only postal management organization that has a Postmaster of the Year Award at the state and national levels where recipients are selected by their peers.
- First postal management organization to join with the Airlines Postal Advisory Committee of ATA to recognize outstanding leadership qualities at the state level.
- First postal management organization to pass the $1.00 per member assessment without restrictions to fund the Postal Employees Relief Fund.
- First postal management organization to endorse and financially support the establishment of a National Postal Museum.
- First postal management organization to establish reference library for its members and for other postal historians’ use in its National Headquarters.