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2020—The Year of Membership
By Chuck Mulidore
Welcome to 2020—the year to increase NAPS membership across the country! While membership recruitment is an ongoing process for all of us, NAPS Headquarters recently launched a multipronged membership campaign that we hope—and believe—will dramatically increase our membership numbers.
Hopefully, you have seen our “Call for Testimonials,” where we’ve asked members to tell us why they joined NAPS and what they believe the value of NAPS to be. Or have you seen our new membership materials recently sent to all nonmembers across the country? It’s a sleek, colorful message that explains the benefits of NAPS membership and gives all new members a $50 Signature FCU gift card just for signing as NAPS members!
Perhaps you have seen the new, recently released NAPS video that explains in the words of the NAPS resident officers and members why NAPS is the best management organization to which all EAS employees can belong. You can find all this and more on our NAPS social media pages, our NAPS website, naps.org, or you can read a quick reminder below.
On Sept. 8 of this year, NAPS will turn 112; we never have looked better! The need for this organization to exist is as real now as it was in 1908 when 50 supervisors met in Louisville, KY, to chart the future of NAPS. Could those 50 men have imagined that, thanks to your efforts, membership has increased to over 27,000? As the number of NAPS members rises, so does the value of your membership.
Most impressively, over 95% of our members are actively working EAS employees: supervisors, managers, postmasters, SDOs, MDOs, MMOs, plant managers, HR personnel, OPS support and district, area and Headquarters personnel—over 500 EAS job titles! Unlike the other postal management organization where only 49% of its members are actively working EAS employees, we represent every EAS employee.
NAPS’ representation makes us the best, largest and most effective management organization representing EAS employees in the Postal Service. NAPS is strong, growing and financially stable. We are well prepared to meet the challenges of the future and meet them we will!
Your resident officers at NAPS Headquarters, your Executive Board members across the country and your local branch leaders are committed to maintaining the standard of effective representation that has been the hallmark of membership in NAPS. One of the greatest values NAPS offers is our Disciplinary Defense Fund (DDF), which represents any NAPS member in any type of adverse action. This is offered as a part of your membership in NAPS.
In other words, DDF representation does not cost you any additional money out of your pocket, unlike that other management organization that charges thousands of dollars upfront. Of course, our primary focus always has been to educate and train our members on how to stay out of trouble. But, if by some chance something adverse should happen to you as an EAS employee, we will be there with world-class representation.
You see, we represent all EAS employees and have been doing so for well over a century. We are, and will continue to be, working hard to grow membership. That is the hallmark of the legacy and responsibility that have been passed down to each of us over the past nearly 112 years, allowing NAPS to meet the challenges of today and, most importantly, the future.
We know that never-ending change is the one constant in the Postal Service. But there is one thing that will never change: As long as there is a Postal Service, there will be a National Association of Postal Supervisors. So, let’s get to work and sign those nonmembers in 2020—the year of NAPS membership!