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SPAC and You
By Ivan D. Butts
NAPS Executive Vice President
Although time is moving swiftly this year, it cannot end fast enough. History undoubtedly will view 2020 as one of the worst years in the history of civilization.
At the beginning of 2020, we just had finished another extremely successful year of SPAC contributions and legislative activity. We were heading into our 2020 LTS legislatively and SPAC stronger than we ever had been. For the first time, we had legislation introduced to address our pay rules’ fallacies, as found in 39 U.S. Code §1004, by which supervisory and other managerial organizations abide.
H.R. 6085, the “Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act of 2020,” was introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), with original co-sponsor Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), on March 4. This bill signaled a new, focused legislative initiative to address the concerns voiced by many NAPS leaders and members over the years—that is, Title 39 has no teeth.
We carried the enthusiasm for this EAS pay fairness-focused legislation to the Hill; it fueled a record-breaking year for SPAC contributions at LTS. Little did we know we would see our SPAC efforts almost grind to a halt just weeks later. Since the 2020 LTS, every scheduled 2020 NAPS event, including our 2020 National Convention, has been postponed or canceled due to the impact of COVID-19.
These events are vital sources for providing the fuel (money) for our SPAC engine. We are tremendously fortunate that your generous SPAC efforts over the past six years have given us some continuing resources we have been able to put to work to maintain our grassroots efforts in legislation and position NAPS in numerous campaigns for seats in the 2020 election. We are working to increase the number of legislators we help get elected to Congress and move legislation such as H.R. 6085 to the front burner for action in the next session.
I would like to send a special shoutout to the great state of Florida, which did not let COVID-19 stop their quest to lead NAPS in SPAC. Thanks to all of you who responded to our earlier SPAC contribution mail-in campaign in the June Postal Supervisor. This initiative helped secure over $8,900 in SPAC funds.
So, as we approach the close of 2020, please consider sending a SPAC contribution to NAPS Headquarters to help rebuild our legislative war chest. We head into 2021 with our primary focus continuing to be making the necessary changes to 39 U.S. Code §1004 a reality.
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