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October 16, 2020 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 10/16/20

Friday Message – October 16, 2020

The 2020 UPMA National Convention will take place October 29th and 30th at the Marriott Grand Hotel in St. Louis.   The registrations closed this past Wednesday, and we have 104 people that have been registered by their Chapter Presidents to attend in person, or via ZOOM to represent their chapters.    The ZOOM feed will be open to anyone that wants to observe the convention proceedings; however, only those individuals that have been registered by their chapter presidents, or by the National Office, will be allowed to speak during the convention.    All the ZOOM link information will be posted on the national website on Monday, October 19th for those of you that want to connect in.   As a reminder, if you are an active employee and you want to watch the convention you must be in a non-pay status and you many NOT use Postal Service equipment to watch the convention.    We will be receiving a recording of the convention and I will be working with company that is providing the Audio-Visual expertise for the convention to get that recording posted on our website.    There will be more details on that in the future.   Also, I am pleased to report that I have received information from Postmaster General DeJoy’s office that he is planning to join us in St. Louis and address the convention on Friday morning.   

It is my understanding that meetings were held at the USPS Headquarters level this week regarding the 2020 NPA program and how the payouts for individuals covered by that program will be handled for this past Fiscal Year.    As of today, I do not have any further information, however, I expect that we will have more information early next week before the final scorecards for 2020 are released by the end of next week.   At that time, we should also be receiving additional information on the timelines for the mitigation process and the procedures to follow to submit those mitigation requests.   Again, I would remind you that there is a video presentation on the mitigation process available in the UPMA Learning Center on our national website.   You can log in with your member identification number and the first two letters of your last name to enter the site and view the video at your convenience.

From what I understand from many of you this was indeed the week that was out in the field from the standpoint of mail volume.   I want to say thank you to all of you for your efforts and for the efforts of your employees.  I have heard from a number of you that you had more packages this week with the Columbus Day holiday than in some cases you have ever seen in your offices.     From what we are being told on the national level, this is just a foretaste of what is to come during PEAK season.   As always, remember to take care of yourselves and your families throughout these challenging times.   Make sure that if you need support you either reach out to a fellow UPMA member, or you reach out the EAP program.    EAP has some excellent help available and they are there for you and your families as a benefit provided by the Postal Service.   Do not think you have to do it on your own, get the help you need.

With all of the buzz that I am hearing about a Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), I just want to say that while it has been approved there have been no decisions made at the Headquarters level as to whether a VER will be offered and if it is offered, who will receive the offer.    As I receive any information, I will do my best to share what I can.   So, I would caution you about listening to rumors regarding a VER.   As I stated, we do not know if one will for sure be offered, if it is offered who will receive it and what the timeframe may be.    At this point everything is up in the air.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and take care of yourselves and your families.

Dan Heins
UPMA National President