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By Jimmy Warden
NAPS New York Area Vice President
We all have heard the term “MVP” used primarily in regard to sports. The most valuable player is the player judged to be the most important to their sport. This has led to many debates as some may say it represents the best in the league; others say they were key to their team’s success. The term MVP, therefore, has different interpretations.
I have always considered postal workers MVPs—most valuable people. And now more than ever they have proven it. During the COVID-19 pandemic, postal workers going to work every day have proven to be essential to America. Package volume has soared higher than anyone ever could have anticipated. It has been the courage and dedication of postal workers—in management and craft—who have kept America running these past months.
As for retirees, society now has classified you as an MVP. Because of the pandemic, retirees have been classified as “most vulnerable people.” Yes, age has its privileges, such as having special hours to do your food shopping before stores open to the general public. But isn’t one of the reasons folks retired was because they didn’t have to get up early anymore?
What I would like to ask today of all our MVPs is to get more involved in legislation. We all need to be active. Call your representatives and request they support H.R. 7015—legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, to provide financial stability to the U.S. Postal Service during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other purposes. I always believed that by continually looking in the rearview mirror, one would not see what was approaching. For the Postal Service to be a sustainable company, change is inevitable; we must look to the future. The road to getting there is through meaningful legislation that will enable the Postal Service to be viable. With the November elections fast approaching, it is more critical now than ever.
As you know, our 2020 National Convention has been postponed until August 2021. Our national conventions always are venues where NAPS delegates have contributed generous amounts to SPAC. Let us not forget that the key to getting proper legislation is through the fortitude of SPAC.
To all our MVPs, we need to be the “many voting people.” And we need to act now! Contact your representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 7015. And please, don’t forget SPAC! Stay safe.