Union Label and Service Trades Department Executive Council
Nicole R. Rhine was elected NALC secretary-treasurer by acclamation in 2014 during the union’s 69th Biennial NALC Convention in Philadelphia.
Rhine, a member of Lincoln, NE Branch 8, became a member of the NALC as soon as she joined the letter carrier craft, attending branch meetings and state conventions regularly.
“I couldn’t wait to become a member of the union,” she said. “I learned at an early age what unions stood for and could accomplish because my mother worked at a packing plant and belonged.”
At the branch level, Rhine served stints as assistant steward and steward. She was elected branch secretary in 1998, a role she held until her election as branch president in 2004. For three years starting in 1998, Rhine was also the Nebraska State Association of Letter Carriers’ legislative representative, until her election as state association president in 2001.
Rhine was a St. Louis Region 5 arbitration advocate from 1999 to 2006. In 2006, she was appointed as a regional administrative assistant (RAA) by NALC President William H. Young to fill a vacancy. Then, in 2009, NALC President Fredric V. Rolando appointed her national assistant secretary-treasurer to fill a vacancy. That appointment was affirmed in 2010 when Rhine was elected assistant secretary-treasurer in 2010 during the 67th Biennial Convention in Anaheim.
“It was my desire to educate letter carriers of their rights and to defend them when those rights were violated that inspired me to assume my other union roles over the years,” she said. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve the membership as a whole after being able to do so previously at the local, state and regional level.”
Rhine holds a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.