the Hatch Act
And how it affects what we do legislatively
For many years, Active letter carriers could not take any significant volunteer role for any political campaign. Created in 1939, the law (Hatch act) was enacted to protect federal employees from being strong-armed into working on elections campaigns against their wishes. As our government changed, many saw that federal employees were being wrongfully left out of the political process.
In 1993, Congress amended The Hatch Act which allowed us, federal employees, to work more actively on political campaigns. There are still restrictions on what we can do as letter carriers but there is more room for our participation in campaigns for federal, state and local level elected races.
Retirees, spouses and family members (including NALC Auxiliary members) are not bound by the Hatch Act.