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Branch 361 of the National Association of Letter Carriers represents the active and retired Letter Carriers of Central Kentucky. The Officers and Stewards enforce the National Agreement and multiple Local Memorandums of Understanding in five stations in Lexington and in thirteen Post Offices in the Bluegrass area. We organize our membership to lobby Congress on Postal and Federal Retiree issues. We provide information and assistance to employees transitioning into retirement. We have a Health Benefit Representative to assist members who have the NALC Health Plan. Our members offer community service through our annual Food Drive in May and through participation in fund raising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In addition active carriers can participate in customer connect to check on the wellbeing of elderly patrons.
Branch 361 was originally chartered in 1893 by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to represent city letter carriers in Lexington. Branch 361 began merging with branches in adjoining counties in the early 1970s, after the Postal Reorganization Act brought about the era of collective bargaining, and became known as the Central Kentucky “ Bluegrass” Branch.
In early 1889, the Milwaukee Letter Carriers, knowing many of their fellow carriers (Civil War Veterans) would be attending the Grand Army of the Republic encampment in their city that summer, issued an official Call to meet during the reunion to form a national association and act on other matters of importance to letter carriers and their families.
Heeding the Call, 60 letter carriers from 18 states gathered in the meeting room above Schaefer’s Saloon. On August 29, 1889 they unanimously adopted a resolution to form a National Association of Letter Carriers. The next day, the convention elected officers and adopted a number of resolutions.