Michigan State Association of Letter Carriers
With the COVID-19 virus still impacting our lives as the vaccination efforts ramp up, we need to continue to stay vigilant and safe. Keep your mask on in public, practice social distancing - staying six feet apart, and wash and sanitize your hands frequently. As essential workers or older members, you should schedule your shot if you haven’t already done so.
According to the CDC, data shows Michigan recorded 15.6 new infections per 100,000 residents between Jan 30 and Feb 6. Meanwhile in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, those states have recorded infection rates of between 23.3 and 31.7 per 100,000 people over the same time period. This suggests the restrictions the Michigan Governor put in place may have contributed to these lower infection rates.
At the national level, with the new administration now in office, the focus is to get the entire country’s infection rates under control, its citizens vaccinated and the economy back on track.
On a personal level, I have missed seeing the delegates at the conventions. I have missed our regular meetings, as well. I am a little tired of these Zoom meetings as they are not the same, lacking the in-person interaction and camaraderie . Hopefully, we will soon again be able to attend state/national conventions.
Please remember, it is that time of year for our reports to be completed and submitted to the Labor Department and the Internal Revenue Service. The LM reports are due electronically by March 30, 2021 and the 990/990ez are due May 15, 2021.
As always I am honored to be your Treasurer for the State Association.
I wish you health and happiness and hope to see you all soon!
-- Cathy Tondreau