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It is an honor and privilege to serve NAPS and its members for another term as national president. I thank you for the opportunity to represent the largest, best and most professional postal management association in the country.
Please join me in thanking Hartford, CT, Branch 5 and the entire host committee for all their hard work to make this year’s NAPS national convention a very positive, productive and memorable event. Many thanks go out to those delegates who attended our national convention and to the branches for sending them. The business of NAPS could not have been completed without everyone’s participation, discussion and vote.
As we finish our 2016-2018 term of office and begin the 2018-2020 term, our focus as an Executive Board must be to continually promote the welfare and best interests of our members. However, our focus must be everywhere. Here’s the scoop!
With an organization representing approximately 27,000 members, it’s imperative that our association remain focused on addressing members’ issues in a professional and business manner. Whether our focus on NAPS issues comes from NAPS Headquarters or from advocates at the local, state, area and regional NAPS levels, our focus must remain clear: Protect and represent our members’ best interests at all levels of the Postal Service, on Capitol Hill and in our own association. Our focus must have purpose and continue throughout this new NAPS term and well into the future.
Keeping focused can be accomplished by staying informed by attending NAPS branch meetings, legislative and area training seminars, state conventions and, of course, national conventions. No matter where you derive your focus, don’t lose it. The strength of your focus and that of your branch will remain strong when you share what you have learned with others.
For example, due to postal retirements, promotions and various detail assignments, changes in postal leadership will occur in postal facilities and units throughout the country. When this happens, an approach that may have worked with one postal leader to resolve member or NAPS issues may require a different approach when seeking a resolution with a different postal leader.
This is where staying focused and seeking the knowledge and wisdom of others in NAPS can help provide you a different approach to resolve issues. However, whenever you are addressing a member’s issue, staying professional and focused regarding the issue at hand will help when seeking a satisfactory resolution.
At the time of this writing, NAPS will be fully engaged in and focused on fact-finding to ensure our members receive a fair and equitable pay agreement from the Postal Service for Fiscal Years 2016-2019. Our approach is to present sufficient and appropriate data to the fact-finding panel that supports NAPS’ position that, in accordance with the statutory requirements reflective in the 1970 Postal Reorganization Act, 39 U.S.C. § 1004, EAS employees have earned and deserve a favorable USPS pay agreement.
As this is our special national convention issue of The Postal Supervisor magazine, I hope you remain focused on reading the entire issue our NAPS editor, Karen Young, has produced for your reading pleasure. I am confident you will enjoy reading about the business NAPS delegates accomplished during our national convention and viewing the wonderful gallery of convention pictures that our NAPS photographers, Dave Scavone and Bob Stevens, took during our week at Mohegan Sun.
Now, it is time to focus on my ice-cream flavor of the month recommendation: caramel hot chocolate!
Brian J. Wagner