To those who preceded us we owe a great debt...
Above is Retired Branch 38 member
James Eagen. Prior to celebrating his 95th birthday, Jim was honored with his 65 year membership pin from the NALC. In the
pictures above, Jim is pictured with Branch 38 President Mike O'Neill, Vice President Dan Szucs, Corresponding Secretary Christine
Strasser, Fulltime Area Rep and Health Benefit Rep Peter Bednarz and Jims his daughter Sharon.
In Mike O'Neills words,
It was a pleasure to hear Jim share stories of his career in the Postal Service and
the NALC. Jim was President of the Westwood Branch prior to merging with Branch 38 and during the Great Postal Strike of 1970.
He recalled how two Postal Inspectors came to his home to serve him with a subpoena to appear in court as a leader of the
strike. He remebered how apologetic the Inspectors were because they fully supported the strike. He reminded us how everything
changed as a result of the strike, most notably collective bargaining. For someone who began his career as a letter carrier
making only $0.85 an hour, this was monumental.
Jim served Branch 38 as Director of Retirees and Health Benefit Representative for many years. We remain grateful
for his service, and look forward to many more years of his support and participation in Branch 38.
Anthoney Castiglione was recently
honored for his 65+ years as an NALC Member. Anthoney worked out the Newark Post Office.
Leonard Gehlaus was recently honored for
his 50 years of NALC Membership. Leonard worked out of the Red Bank Post Office for 27 years
and served in the military for 3 years.
Retired Rahway/Clark NJ, Letter Carrier
George Wildes was presented a 50 Year gold card by the NALC.