Danielle Smith
Second Vice President,
Financial Secretary
Outlook March / April 2019
I am excited about my elected position as the 2nd Vice President of Branch 36. I look forward to representing all of the members of the Branch. I am proud to say, I have been a member since February 9, 1996.

In 2010, I was having issues of my own with the Manager of Williamsbridge Station in the Bronx. The station as a whole was dealing with a manager that ran it with bullying tactics. I must admit, I planned on becoming a shop steward to protect my own contractual rights. At the time, John Springman was the Executive Vice President of Branch 36. He advised me to become a steward and fight the fight. He also told me patience with the dispute resolution process makes a difference. He was correct. Once I became familiar with the grievance process, I totally understood how time and patience were key necessities when trying to correct violations of the contract against my brothers and sisters.

Surprisingly enough, I turned my own fight into an experience and actually changed the morale on the work floor for every letter carrier in the building. Whether I was protecting carriers from discipline or grieving a carrier’s contractual right that management egregiously violated. The joy of helping carriers was enough for me to understand how this symbolic fight would and could end up being something that I would love to do all day, every day. It began with me, trickled down and morphed into the station, and somehow found its way back to me. All I can do at this point is thank the membership for having confidence in me and allowing me to continue in the letter carrier’s plight and fight.

In 2016, I became a hearing officer and began to handle cases on a different level in various stations with different managers. Again, I was protecting carriers outside of my station with both discipline and contractual violations. This work throughout the Bronx was gratifying in many ways. Helping carriers on a daily basis brought joy to my heart knowing that someone could rest well because of my influence. A short while later with some Arbitration Advocate Training, I became an Arbitration Advocate for the carriers of Branch 36.

It feels good to help change the work floor atmosphere for all of the members of the branch. I am proud to be working with a team that goes above and beyond to protect our letter carriers. I look forward to representing the Branch 36 members in the position of 2nd Vice President/Financial Secretary as well.

On another note, I want all of our members to know that we will always file grievances when justified and address each and every concern. Please keep in mind that there are so many other resources and activities for our members.

In addition, we also do charitable activities for the general public. We have the Annual Scholarship Fund which provides four scholarships each year to carrier’s children. The Branch also actively participates in an Annual Food Drive by donating and collecting food for hungry individuals. We also have fundraising activities like MDA, which sends Children with Muscular Dystrophy to summer camp each year. Recording Secretary Tony Ortiz’s Comedy Night is always a hit and for a good cause. Let’s not forget about the biggest event of all, the Annual Dinner Dance. Every station should participate and get at least one table or even more. Ask around and I am sure those who have attended will tell you what a great time they have had with their co-workers.

All information regarding these activities and resources are in the Outlook. I would hope that all members open their mailbox, take the Outlook out and read it. A lot of questions and concerns are located in the articles there. It is very informative and keeps you abreast of what is currently going on in Manhattan and the Bronx.

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