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NALC Office of the Executive Vice President Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001910
Records in this collection reflect the activities of two separate offices. Both contain large groups of correspondence and state files, but subject files differ due to separate areas of interest and the programs that evolved from them. A large portion of the Huerta materials reflect his legislative interests and educational programs, while the Conners records contain materials dealing primarily with the Employee Involvement program. Records have been divided into two series to reflect the separated materials.

Important correspondents in this collection: Emmet Andrews Benjamin F. Bailar Michael T. Blouin William F. Bolger Lawton Chiles William Clay James V. P. Conway Alan Cranston John C. Danforth Clifford Edwards Harold E. Ford William D. Ford Sam Gibbons James C. Gildea John Glenn John C. Goodman Bob Graham James M. Hanley Herbert R. Harris, II Paula Hawkins Benjamin L. Hooks Lonnie Johnson James J. Kilpatrick Lane Kirkland Trent Lott Ray Marshall Daniel Patrick Moynihan Edmund S. Muskie Robert N. C. Nix Sam Nunn Charles H. Percy Ted Stevens Morris K. Udall John Warner Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Charles H. Wilson

Important subjects in this collection: Annuities Bills, Legislative 95th Congress 96th Congress 97th Congress Cost-of-Living Adjustments Employee Participation Fair Labor Standards Act Hatch Act Insurance, Life Labor-Management Committees Labor-Management Relations Leadership Development Lobbying Military Pensions Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Pensions Political Activists Political Letter Writing Political Participation Quality of Work Life Retirement Social Security Tax Credit for the Elderly Tax Reform Working Environment
Series Description: Series I, Tony Huerta Files, 1965-1990: Subseries A, Assignments, 1980-1984: This subseries contains travel vouchers and correspondence assigning national officers and National Business Agents to various functions, such as meetings, officer installations, Gold Card and award presentations, seminars, training programs and state conventions. Subseries B, Correspondence, 1978-1986: Material in this subseries consists of general correspondence and includes congratulatory letters, thank you notes, communications with legislative liaisons, and branch, state and/or member requests for information or clarification of legislative or procedural issues. Subseries C, Officers’ Files, 1978-1990: This subseries consists of communications between the executive vice president and specific NALC officers. These include reports, memoranda, and copies of shared information, or correspondence written at the request of Presidents Vacca or Sombrotto. Folders are arranged by office, with the exception of National Business Agent records which are organized by Region number.

Subseries D, Executive Council, 1976-1984: This subseries contains minutes, reports, and supplemental materials compiled for examination and discussion during meetings of the Executive Council.

Subseries E, Subject Files, 1965-1986: Files in this subseries relate to the general administration of the office of the executive vice president and reflect the duties and responsibilities of that position. Many of Huerta’s files contain material relating to specific legislative issues, while a large number contain information on general grass roots lobbying and programs developed to educate the membership with respect to legislative and political processes. Of special interest are strategies developed to circumvent Hatch Act restrictions on political activities by postal workers, such as the Committee on Letter Carriers’ Political Education (COLCPE) Fund and programs developed to train legions of volunteer legislative liaisons. Researchers might also be interested in congressional opinions on many specific pieces of legislation in the form of responses to queries from NALC’s members. Subject files are arranged alphabetically.

Subseries F, National Conventions, 1975-1984: This subseries contains files relating to the planning of the 50th through 54th national biennial conventions (1976-1984).

Subseries G, State Files, 1977-1986: Materials in state files consist primarily of correspondence with branch and state officers, reports, invitations to local events, and requests for information. Members frequently write to discuss problems with management, and legislative liaisons forward correspondence received from their legislators.

Series II, Francis J. Conners Files, 1974-1997: Subseries A, Correspondence, 1985-1997: Material consists of general correspondence relating to all aspects of the administration and activities of this office.

Subseries B, National Business Agents, 1985-1997: This subseries contains communications between Conners’ office and the individual NBAs, including memoranda, reports, and various items of shared information.

Subseries C, State Files, 1979-1997: Correspondence, reports, convention materials and other records relating to NALC branches and state associations. Subseries D, Employee Involvement (EI), 1974-1994: Materials consist of correspondence, committee minutes and reports, surveys, guides, training materials and workshop information relating to the EI program, as well as examples of ideas and projects that have evolved from this process. Researchers would find the Employee Involvement Guidelines helpful in understanding the EI process and the structure of the program.

Subseries E, EI Sites, 1983-1996: These records consist primarily of rosters and correspondence relating to the various steering committees and facilitators at these sites.

Dates

  • 1965 - 1997
  • Majority of material found within 1976 - 1997

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

46 Linear Feet (46 SB)

Abstract

The constitutional amendment creating the Office of the Executive Vice President for the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) was approved by the delegates of the 48th Biennial Convention in 1972. The collection contains the records of the second and third officers to hold this position, Tony Huerta (1976-1986) and Francis J. Conners (1986-1998).

History

In 1972, delegates at the 48th Biennial Convention in New Orleans approved a constitutional amendment adding one executive vice president to the roster of resident officers. This was also a time—soon after passage of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970—that NALC began concentrating more closely on legislative issues that affected the working conditions and the lives of letter carriers. As a result, the first elected executive vice president, J. Stanly Lewis, also served as head of the NALC legislative program.

The Office of the Executive Vice President Collection contains the records of the second and third officers to hold this position: Tony Huerta (1976-1986) and Francis J. Conners (1986-1998). Both men entered the Post Office Department at a young age, worked their way up the ranks, and retired from NALC after long and distinguished careers. Huerta was born in Tampa, FL on February 24, 1923, served three years in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and joined the Post Office in Tampa in 1946. He was elected vice president of Tampa Branch #599 in 1958 and president in 1959. Huerta served on the Executive Board of the Florida State Association from 1961 to 1962 and on the Nalcrest Board of Trustees from 1965 to 1968. He was also a member of the City Delivery Service Committee from 1959 to 1962, and was elected to his first national office as a field director in 1962. Huerta went on to serve as assistant secretary-treasurer (1971-1974), secretary-treasurer (1974-1976), and executive vice president (1976-1986). During his tenure as executive vice president, Huerta also held the title of Director of Legislation and worked to educate the membership about the legislative process. Huerta passed away in Tampa, FL on April 18, 2000 at the age of 77.

Conners became a letter carrier in 1947 following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While working, he took courses at St. Joseph’s University and received his degree in 1950. In 1954, Conners became a shop steward for Branch #157 in Philadelphia. He was elected branch vice president in 1961 and branch president in 1962. In 1966, he began serving as National Business Agent for the Philadelphia Region and held that position until 1976, when he was elected to the office of national vice president. In 1986, Conners was elected national executive vice president. He retired from NALC in 1998 following a long and successful career. Francis Conners passed away on June 23, 2001 at the age of 74.

Throughout his years as a national officer, Conners worked to improve labor-management relations and reduce workplace tension. To this end he tirelessly promoted the National Joint Employee Involvement (EI) Program and co-chaired the National Joint EI Committee throughout its existence in the 1980s and 1990s. He also was coordinator of the National Task Force on Discipline, the National Task Force on Child Care, and the National Design, Evaluation and Compensation of Letter Carrier Routes Committee.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-16), and Series 2 (Boxes 26-46). Folders are arranged first alphabetically by subject, and then in chronological order

Series 1 is further subdivided into 7 subseries and Series 2 is subdivided into 5 subseries.

Acquisition

Records of the Office of the Executive Vice President were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in 2001.

Related Materials

NALC: Office of the President, James H. Rademacher, NALC: Office of the President, J. Joseph Vacca, NALC: Office of the Vice President, NALC: Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, NALC: Research and Education Department, NALC Auxiliary

Transfers

Several photographs and audio cassettes have been placed in the Archives’ Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in December 2006.
Title
Guide to the NALC Office of the Executive Vice President Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
2006-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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