Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21509
Glenn Shelton, a retired president of Michigan Mailhandlers Local 307 who never stopped fighting for the rights of working people, and a member of Solidarity, died March 24, 2016, after a battle with cancer.
As a young man working at the Post Office Bulk Mail Center in suburban Allen Park, Glenn quickly became active in the National Postal Mailhandlers Union and, after serving as a shop-floor steward, was elected president of statewide Local 307, where he served for 17 years.
As president of the Mailhandlers, he worked to strengthen the local and build solidarity with other postal unions. He challenged the authoritarianism of the Postal Service and fought against race and gender discrimination.
Local 307 is a statewide union so Glenn had the responsibility to represent even the three percent of the membership who lived in the Upper Peninsula. Barbara Harvey recalled that "Glenn had to charter a plane to reach an arbitration hearing in the UP during mid-winter. And he didn't believe in chartering a fancy little jet; no, Glenn chartered a prop plane."