What is COLCPE?
COLCPE stands for Committee on Letter Carrier Political Education.
COLCPE is the NALCís Political Action Committee or PAC.
Our members give contributions to COLCPE and the NALC uses those funds for campaign contributions.
Why do we have a PAC?
The PAC allows us to support political leaders in both parties who defend Letter Carrier benefits and protect Letter Carrier jobs.
The PAC allows us to show our friends in Congress that have supported us in the past on our legislative priorities that we appreciate what they have done.
The PAC allows us to support policies that are favorable to all working people---defending social security, improving health care benefits, and strengthening collectively bargaining rights.
COLCPE is a Bi-Partisan PAC used for both Democrats and Republicans. NALC gives to candidates that are friendly to Letter Carriers regardless of their party.
COLCPE only supports people who have supported us in the past, and we want to continue those relationships.
The NALC only uses COLCPE funds to lobby on issues that directly affect the Postal Service and the jobs and benefits of our members.
The interests we protect through the use of the COLCPE.
A strong U.S. Postal service
Job security for Letter Carriers
Affordable health care benefits
Safe and secure pensions
Why should you contribute through automatic deduction?
The number one reason we are pushing automatic contributing is that once a member is doing so, we never have to ask them to contribute to COLCPE again. If a member relies on one-time contributions, the NALC has to ask and remind our membership to give to COLCPE every year. If they give through automatic deduction we only have to ask them once.
Itís a very convenient option. Members donít have to write a check or use cash every time they would like to contribute to COLCPE. Again, once they are an automatic contributor they donít have to worry about making one-time contributions.
Currently the average contribution is
Automatic Deduction allows us to better budget our political contributions. If we know how much money is coming in, than we know how much money the NALC can spend protecting the interests of Letter Carriers.
What if someone told you that you could help save your job and the job of your fellow letter carriers for only $5.00 per pay period? The Postal Service is proposing contracting out the delivery of mail. All across the country Districts are planning to contract carrier assignments out to private contractors. When I first started working for the Postal Service you could hardly find a contract truck driver, today try to find a driver that is a Postal Employee. In order to combat the Postal Serviceís efforts to cut costs by outsourcing, which threatens our jobs and quality and security of Americaís mail service, the NALC will defend this attack on our jobs, first at the bargaining table, and then seeking a permanent legislative ban on outsourcing. The union can not use dues money to lobby congress, that money must come from voluntarily contributions by members of that union. Those contributions are needed now more than ever before.
Created in 1975, the Committee On Letter Carrier Political Education (COLCPE) fund is used to develop educational programs for letter carriers about political topics and to support candidates for federal office. On a recent Legislative Conference in Washington DC, Senator Dick Durbin told Barack Obama that Letter Carriers were one of the first organizations to support him. The unionís effort to get Postal Reform passed through congress is just one of the successes that COLCPE has had. Branch 825 has led the nation in the total number of contributors for almost 20 years now, thanks to the efforts of John Grace, Eric Smith and Dave Faco through our Golden Key program. Golden Key was one of the first programs of its kind, contributions made by payroll deductions through the Corporate American Credit Union. Currently over 200 members of our branch contribute either directly to COLCPE our through our Golden Key program. For those who are contributing thank you, and please keep telling carrier next to you how important it is. If you are currently not contributing please consider doing so. Think of it as job insurance for ten dollars a month.
In a special COLCPE issue of The Postal Record, President Bill Young rolled out two "Gimme 5"contests to encourage more members to donate at least $5 per pay period, and for retirees $5 per month. The contest information and enrollment forms have been enclosed for your use, so please sign up today at the $5 level and get a fellow carrier to sign-up as well. The members contributing through our Gold Key program will also qualify for the contests.
The Illinois Association of Letter Carriers has a PAC called I.P.A.L.C.; to donate to Illinois political candidates involved in state wide races as well as U.S. congressional races. With our Golden Key II program, the Corporate American Credit Union will also take donations for I.P.A.L.C.
(The next several links may require Adobe Acrobat Reader to use. If you need it click on the picture):
CLICK HERE to contribute to Golden Key.
CLICK HERE to contribute to Golden Key II.
CLICK HERE to contribute from your PAYCHECK. (you must have your Employee ID# (top of your pay stub) and your USPS Pin # )
If you donít want to contribute through our credit union you can go to the NALC web site and contribute directly. Use the links Below:
CLICK HERE to contribute from your BANK ACCOUNT.
CLICK HERE to contribute BY PHONE THROUGH POSTALEASE.
CLICK HERE to contribute ONLINE THROUGH POSTALEASE.
CLICK HERE FOR Retirees to donate directly from their annuity.
However you do it DO IT, the job you save may be your own !