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Because You Persevere
By Chuck Mulidore
Please allow me to wish a wonderful Christmas season, a joyous and happy New Year and many blessings to you and your family. I know the 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 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 global pandemic continues to rage across our world. Not only has fall mailing and peak been stressful, all of 2020 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 a worldwide pandemic exploded across our country last winter, 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 large areas of the West, Rockies and Southwest, you persevered. As floods overran the banks of rivers in the Midwest, you persevered.
As a new postmaster general took control of the Postal Service and plunged this historic agency into election year politics, you persevered. As staggering parcel volumes descended on the Postal Service, straining its capacity to operate, you persevered. As the American people—once again—trusted the U.S. Postal Service to deliver ballots on time in the face of unprecedented mail delays generated by poorly implemented and politically motivated senior postal leadership, you persevered.
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 families. You may not hear that from senior postal leaders; perhaps you hear “politically correct” platitudes. Unfortunately, we heard senior postal leaders tell us as part of litigation that you, EAS employees of the Postal Service, were the reason behind the massive delays of mail and the decline in service.
Imagine that! Senior executives providing court depositions that you are the problem, not them. Despite the fact they are the very ones who set policy and run the organization. As Maya Angelou so eloquently said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” So, we see who they are.
But we also know who you are. 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—keeping the promise of more than 245 years that this essential agency, our 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.