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Keeping NAPS’ Voice Strong
By Dennis Gawron
Buffalo Branch 27 and New York State Branch 935 President
As a result of the favorable decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals that NAPS can represent all EAS employees, we continue our efforts to increase membership. The Feb. 8, 2022, decision affirmed NAPS can represent postmasters and USPS Headquarters personnel in negotiating pay and benefits, thus becoming a stronger voice for all management employees.
The discussions and tools to address nonmembers are different for each branch. Buffalo, NY, Branch 27 has invited 204-Bs to attend branch meetings and afford them interaction with fellow EAS employees. This is an opportunity to discuss situations and problems that can help these employees in their positions.
Branch 27 plans to invite the 204-Bs to our annual picnic/meeting in June, offering them a relaxed atmosphere to interact with higher-level managers and NAPS national officers. The branch is offering $25 to each sponsor who signs a new member in addition to the $25 offered by NAPS Headquarters.
We also plan on sending letters to nonmembers that include materials from the NAPS Headquarters membership kit. This is a perfect opportunity to encourage new, temporary EAS employees to become active members once they are promoted.
The biweekly promotion list sent out by NAPS Secretary/Treasurer Jimmy Warden and New York Area Vice President Dee Perez gives us a great opportunity to immediately reach out to newly promoted EAS-17s, among others.
We are anticipating increased membership to ensure a strong voice for NAPS.
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