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NAPS Is Fighting for You
By Chuck Mulidore
I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas 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. NAPS appreciates you and all you do for the Postal Service and your family.
That brings me to my next topic—the fact that nothing says thank you like a raise in pay. It is, indeed, nice for senior leaders to thank you for your work and sacrifices, but it sure makes all the long hours and stress a whole lot easier to take when that same senior leadership ensures you get a raise that matches your commitment to the job. Sadly, this has not been the case in recent years. Unfortunately, it continues for 2018, as well.
In this issue, NAPS President Wagner lists the process for fact-finding, which NAPS was forced into by the Postal Service as it continues to undervalue your contributions to the mission of the USPS. We could not stand by and allow this to continue without a fight. The motivational speaker Alexander den Heijer wrote, “The reason most people give up is not that the fight is too tough; it is that they haven’t found something worth fighting for.” NAPS has something worth fighting for—you, our members! And this fight, while tough, is one we are well-prepared to undertake.
Unfortunately, our sister management organization chose to accept this terrible pay agreement and, in so doing, chose not to fight. I do not attempt in this space to understand why, yet I can tell you this: NAPS never will accept, for any reason, a pay agreement that dooms thousands of EAS employees to no raises in pay or further cuts their PFP payout potential in 2019. How much more does the USPS think we can give?
We demand fair treatment and fair compensation. We will not lay down or roll over for anyone, nor will we ever sell you short. Your work and sacrifices are too important. Postal Service EAS employees are the only employees not guaranteed raises. Craft employees get pay raises, step increases and cost-of-living adjustments. Senior executives get pay increases and yearly bonuses. EAS employees get a pay-for-performance system that provides neither pay nor performance.
It disincentivizes work, out-of-the-box thinking and breakthrough capabilities. It does not reward hard work. Rather, it devalues your contributions to the Postal Service and has long outlived its usefulness as a compensation system. Thus, the battle lies ahead. Terry Mark, another motivational speaker, wrote, “The strong always face the battle and fight until they conquer, while the weak keep trying to escape every battle until they are defeated.”
NAPS is strong, unafraid and willing to fight for all EAS employees in the Postal Service. Remember this when you seek to sign new members: NAPS is fighting for you, NAPS is strong and financially capable of fighting this battle until, ultimately, we prevail. That is our mission and our commitment to you. We will not stop until EAS employees have a fair and just compensation system.