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Submitted by Jimmy Warden
The Jan. 10 Executive Board Zoom meeting was called to order at 4:06 p.m. by President Ivan D. Butts; Board Chair Chuck Lum oversaw the meeting. Secretary/Treasurer Jimmy Warden took the roll call. All board members were present except for New England Area Vice President Bill Austin, Capitol-Atlantic Area Vice President Troy Griffin and Pioneer Area Vice President Ed Laster. Rocky Mountain Area Vice President Myrna Pashinski had been excused.
Butts, Executive Vice President Chuck Mulidore and Warden greeted the board. Butts asked the board to participate in a prayer for Pashinski’s son, John, who was hospitalized and is in critical condition.
Butts informed the board that exempt postmasters, Level-22 and below, and managers, Customer Service, will be allowed to be paid when delivering mail from Dec. 31, 2022, through April 7, 2023. NAPS does not condone EAS employees delivering mail, but, should the need arise, they are to be compensated for any time outside their tour or on their rest days.
Butts informed the board that, after further review and discussion with Mulidore and Warden, it was decided it would not be cost effective to hold meet-and-greet events at the upcoming Postal Symposiums for supervisors, Customer Service. The costs, although reasonable for such events, would be high and the return on investment would take a few years.
Data would be presented later in the meeting showing the progress made in increasing membership. Butts and Warden are scheduled to attend all six supervisor symposiums.
Butts talked about membership. Warden gave a slide presentation that showed the increase in membership and the number of 1187s received and processed over the past three years. The number of 1187s received in 2022, compared to 2021, increased by 284%.
Slides were shown to illustrate the areas with the largest number of 1187s submitted, as well as the top-10 states. Board members from those areas shared their best practices.
It was determined that the area vice presidents should hold Zoom meetings with their respective branches to review the nonmember and promotion reports on a biweekly basis. Warden displayed the reports and explained how to use the data provided.
The board next went into executive session. NAPS Legal Counsel Bruce Moyer gave an update on pending litigation.
The meeting then was opened for discussion. There still were concerns about EAS employees having to deliver mail. Butts reiterated that NAPS does not condone EAS employees delivering mail. But, because the need may arise after all avenues have been exhausted, managers, postmasters and supervisors should be compensated for time worked delivering mail outside their tour and on their rest days.
There was further discussion on membership. Butts said a follow-up board Zoom meeting will be held in February to see what progress has been made in membership.
Richard Green closed the meeting with a prayer, asking everyone to pray for John Pashinski’s recovery. The meeting was adjourned at 6:26 p.m.