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Where Our SPAC Money Goes
By Tony Dallojacono
NAPS Mideast Area Vice President
Questions come up about what SPAC is and where the money goes. Executive Vice President Ivan D. Butts always speaks about SPAC and answers the questions, but I wanted to write a little something about it, too.
The money we contribute is allocated to U.S. House and Senate members and candidates who support the Postal Service. We hear from everyone about why we can’t do this and why we can’t do that. Well, there are rules we must follow and regulations to which we must abide.
We are bound by Title 39, Code of Federal Regulations. With our SPAC contributions, we can continue to fight on Capitol Hill to change rules in Title 39 for our benefit. Our SPAC money is contributed to politicians who the NAPS Headquarters Legislative Team feels have warranted our support.
We must keep collecting money to fight for what we believe is right. When I hear the numbers for our “Drive for 5” initiative, I wonder why those numbers are so low. The easiest way to contribute to SPAC is through direct deposit; you don’t think about the money being deducted.
If every member had just $5 deducted from each paycheck, it would total approximately $135,000 per pay period—$3,510,000 a year. That amount is astonishing and could be accomplished with just $5 per paycheck from every NAPS member.
When you think about that number and what NAPS can do for its members by contributing to our representatives and senators to help change the Postal Service, it’s never-ending. You can’t buy a cup of coffee each day for $5 a week. For all the smokers, that is what you pay for a pack of cigarettes a day, at least.
We need to get everyone on board. Contributing to SPAC is just as important as increasing our membership. Without our SPAC funds, where would we be? The money also is allocated for members to go to local events and visit their lawmakers. For every person who visits their politicians locally, it counts as 10 votes.
Let’s get out there and fight for our rights as postal employees and save our future and the future of this country. Why do you think Amazon, FedEx and UPS are taking back package delivery? Not because they think it’s cheaper for them to do it, but because we continue to do a great job delivering. They now fear the Postal Service. Let’s get out there and prove that “We Deliver.”
Contribute to SPAC so we can have a future for those working and our future employees who can say they retired from the United States Postal Service, the most trusted government agency in another 244 years.