Christine "Chris" Pruitt

Christine "Chris" Pruitt

Clerk Division Assistant Director (B)

My name is Christine Pruitt and I am running for Assistant Clerk Craft Director (B). I began my Postal career in 1987 as a Flat Sorter Machine (FSM) Operator on Tour 3. I converted into a Letter Sorting Machine (LSM) Operator position on Tour 1. I was a Distribution Clerk at a station and Mark-up Clerk, Automated. As a steward, I was excessed from the CFS unit because I was causing too many “problems”. Enforcing the contract tends to label you that way. During the time I was excessed, I worked in Automation on the DBCS machines.

I have served the membership as the only National Business Agent in the Wichita Region for the past 9 years. Prior to becoming the NBA, I was the Local President in Wichita, KS. I have also held the positions of Vice-President, Executive Aide and Automation Director for my local. In addition, I have also served as the President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Editor of the Kansas Postal Workers Union.

I have also had the privilege of assisting the Clerk Craft on national negotiations in 2015 and 2018 at the request of Director, Clint Burelson. My duties included reviewing every clerk resolution that had passed at any convention, updating and expanding a database of these resolutions and creating proposals to be presented at the bargaining table. It was this work that encouraged me to do more.

I believe that we must find innovative ways of reclaiming clerk work. As Local President, I was successful in retaining Mail Prep on the Automated Induction unit on the FSM. I also stopped the consolidation of two stations and the CFS unit. As NBA, I arbitrated a case involving the contracting out of clerk craft work. Although we are still battling the remedy, the arbitrator awarded us an ongoing remedy until the work is returned.

I have been extremely blessed to have a number of young activists in my region that have stepped forward. I have mentored them to get more involved and encouraged them as they have stepped up. I think outside the box and teach them to look beyond the “obvious”.

I bought my first computer in 1987 when I started at the Post Office. I have owned one ever since. This has allowed me to embrace all that computers can do for us. I use spreadsheets to stay organized. When we talk about sharing knowledge, it is not just about the contract. Everyone wants to feel needed. As I share my knowledge and experience with our members, I find something that they can share with me.

I am 56 years old and am the proud parent of a 37 year old son and a 36 year old daughter. I raised them as a single parent, paying two babysitters most of their younger years. This gives me an insight into the struggles of our PTFs and PSEs as they fight for work hours. I have been blessed with three granddaughters, ranging from 13 to 5 years of age.

As you consider who to vote for in this election, I ask that you support me, and the “Together We Win” Team. I believe that I can bring fresh ideas and energy to the Headquarters level.

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