Until 1993, active factors were prohibited from playing an important volunteer role in political campaigns.  The primary mindset behind the law was to protect federal employees from being heavily armed and being intimidated to help their bosses run for re-election. In 1971, a national classification and file movement, led by Vincent Sombrotto of Branch 36, was created to give members the right to vote directly for national union officials and to end a proxy system that had prevented non-holders from entering the union`s power structure. On Monday, June 3, President Mark Dimondstein and Director of Labour Relations Vance Zimmerman informed the National Executive Council (NEC) that the mediation process had not resulted in a voluntary collective agreement. Read more → In 1991, the COORDINATed national efforts of the NALC came from a number of political leaders, including VINCENT Sombrotto, NALC President, AFL-CIO Community Services Director Joseph Velasquez and USPS Postmaster General Anthony Frank. In October 1991, a pilot action took place in ten cities and proved so successful that work began immediately to make it a national effort. NALC`s expertise has traditionally been in lobbying than in the traditional relationship between employment and employment services and collective bargaining. Like all federal authorities under the Taft-Hartley Act, the postal service is an “open store” and no one can be forced to join the NALC or another union to earn or pursue a government job. Other federal laws prohibit letter carriers, like other public employees, from striking. Nevertheless, more than 93% of all factors are naLC members and the union is now recognized as representing collective agreements for all urban transport companies.
 The union has a close relationship with the Dystrophy Muscular Association. The NALC was MDA`s first national sponsor and the factors are among the charity`s top fundraisers.  “Today, I am pleased to announce that NALC and the U.S. Postal Service have reached an interim agreement on a new national contract, a goal we have been working on continuously over the past 17 months. Read more → 1993, Congress amended the Hatch Act of 1939 to allow federal employees to actively participate in political campaigns for federal offices. While there are still some restrictions on what federal public servants (including active factors) can do, there is more leeway for political participation of factors in campaigns for the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as for elected officials from states and municipalities.