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Because You Persevere
NAPS Executive Vice President
Please allow me to wish you a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, a joyous and happy New Year and many blessings to you and your family. Fall mailing season has passed into peak. These are two of the most stressful times to be a supervisor, manager, postmaster or really any level of EAS employee in the Postal Service.
You perform heroic, oftentimes thankless work for long hours away from your family during the holiday season. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. This year has been even more distressing as the COVID global pandemic continues across our world. Not only have fall mailing and peak been stressful, much of 2021 has been one stressful event after another. Yet, somehow, the proud EAS employees of the U.S. Postal Service weather all the storms and still move the mail.
As the worldwide pandemic exploded across our country last year, the likes of which had not been seen in over 100 years, you persevered. As hurricanes and tropical storms rolled across the Gulf states, you persevered. As fires consumed major areas of the western U.S., Rockies and southwestern areas of our country, you persevered. As floods overran the banks of rivers in the Midwest, you persevered.
As employee shortages made mail processing and delivery even more difficult, you persevered. As staggering parcel volumes continue to descend on the Postal Service, straining our capacity to operate, you persevere. As the American people—once again—trusted the Postal Service to deliver ballots on time in the face of unprecedented mail delays generated by senior postal leaders’ poorly implemented plans, you persevered.
As a nationwide EAS promotion freeze, followed by an EAS RIF, led to shortages in the organization’s ranks, you persevered and kept the nation’s mail flowing. You persevered through all this for one reason: because you care. You put up with all the negatives aimed at you by multiple postal sources because you care.
You are the one thread that runs through all the challenges. You are the one constant that always comes through for America. You persevere.
NAPS appreciates you and all you do for the Postal Service and your family. You may not hear that from senior postal leaders. Or, perhaps, you hear politically correct platitudes. As Maya Angelou so eloquently said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
So, we see who you are; you have shown us time and time again. NAPS understands what you do each day in service to the public. You are the ones who come to work to face the challenges. The ones who run the plants, cover the vacancies, run the delivery units and provide all the many other functions that go into delivering the nation’s mail. And in so doing, keeping the promise of more than 245 years that this essential agency, America’s Postal Service, created by the Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution, would persevere.
And so it does—and always will—because of you, because you persevere.