About Us

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What it means to be Union

We are a labor union – an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members interests in respects to wages, benefits and working conditions. We are members of a labor union with job protection under a collective bargaining agreement with our employer: The United States Postal Service or USPS. 

What is Collective Bargaining

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as, “Negotiations between an employer and a labor union usually on wages, hours, and working conditions.”

To give a better understanding on collective bargaining here is some good general information about collective bargaining:

Some Facts about our Local NALC Branch 79

  1. The name of our local is Branch 79 which was founded in 1890.
  2. The local office is located at 210 Queen Anne Ave N Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98109
  3. The office hours are normally 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  4. The office telephone number is 206-284-3420 (Voice mail after hours)
  5. Branch 79s website is
  6. We are affiliated with the following organizations: National Association of Letter Carriers, Washington State Association of Letter Carriers, King County Labor Council, and Washington State Labor Council. 
  7. Union dues are $30.50 per pay period and are payroll deductible. 
  8. As of August 2020, our local membership totals 2, 408.
  9. Election of local officers occurs in December of even numbered years. 
  10. Executive Board meetings are scheduled for the Thursday before the Branch meeting.
  11. General membership meetings are held at the Swedish Cultural Center at 1920 Dexter Ave N in Seattle on the second Wednesday of every month. 
  12. Shop Steward meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at the Branch office. 
  13. Our local newsletter is called The Seventy-Niner and is distributed by mail during the 1st week of every month.
  14. The Elected Officers are: President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Board of Trustees composed of 3 members, Editor, Director of Insurance and Director of Retired Members. 
  15. List of our local’s committees: Condolence, Correspondent, Education, Election, Good of the Order, Legislative, Nomination, Retired,  Food Drive, Picnic, By-Laws, Organizing, and Building.