A HISTORY OF OUR PROGRESS 1896-1996
The following information is taken directly from a booklet with the above title. There is no credit given in the booklet to an author. And it should be noted the information only goes up to the year 1996.
Organized in 47 states, rural carriers continue to seek improvements within the craft and resolve problems through their county units and state associations.
The carriers wrote about their needs, hardships and good luck while on the rural route in their monthly publication entitled, the RFD News. Editor H. H. Windsor empathized with the carriers' cause and felt the "boys" needed a medium through which they could express their views. Rural carriers encouraged one another to organize at the county and state levels and eventually form a National Association.
The states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa organized at the county and state levels first, setting the example for other states to follow. By the Spring of 1903, the RFD News published a model constitution written by these states for others to adopt.
RFD News editor H. H. Windsor wrote: "Our judgment is that our organization by states should be pushed, so that each state can arrange to send delegates when the time is ripe to call the meeting to organize the National. It is much better in our opinion to take sufficient time to do it right. Through the medium of the News, carriers in every part of the country are fast becoming acquainted and questions are being discussed and opinions expressed on matters which will surely arise in a National gathering.
Let us build firm and sure in order that our work may be lasting..."
The growth and effective work of the NRLCA over 93 years reflects a sound structure. At the foundation of each state association are the county units and their respective town meetings. It is at those gatherings that rural carriers continue to renew friendships and resolve problems.
The words of Phil Shepard of Michigan, who served as Chairman of the National Organization committee in 1903, still apply:
"It is very apparent that the rural carriers have adopted the county as the unit of organization and have thereby selected the most convenient as well as the best means to accomplish this end. From these county organizations are springing numerous state associations and from them will develop in the near future a big, strong, national association."
Since then, the Association has grown in size and strength; it remains democratic in structure. Delegates from each state elect the Association's National Officers and adopt pertinent resolutions.
The NRLCA's continued source of strength lies within its people. Through their united efforts, they have met the challenges of the day for the past 93 years with a spirit of determination, cooperation, and enthusiasm.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT
SUBS, RCAs, RCRs, AUXILIARY RURAL CARRIERS
POSTAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS
MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC LAWS, Etc.