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Friday Message – October 30, 2020
Our session of the National Convention ended yesterday with the announcement of the results of the voting that took place on the proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation and the National Bylaws. We were also able to hear from A/Vice President Retail and Operations Central Area, Krista Finnazo. Ms. Finnazo stressed the importance of working together and making sure that we treat each other with dignity and respect. She also spoke about all of the challenges we have already faced this year and the challenges that we will be facing as we move into the final weekend of the election season and then right on into the Veteran’s Day holiday and PEAK season. We know that it will be a challenge for everyone and I want to encourage you to make sure that you reach out to your bosses to get some assistance in your offices and to deal with any staffing issues, etc. that you might be facing.
This morning we will have the opportunity to hear from the Postmaster General and CEO of the Postal Service, Louis DeJoy. It will be interesting to help understand his vision for the future of the organization after the election and PEAK season. While change can be difficult for us when we don’t always understand the changes, I believe Mr. DeJoy is going to work hard to make sure that everyone understands what the changes are and why we are making them.
For those of you in the field, I know that you are going to have some real challenges this coming weekend and into election day on Tuesday. With all of the information that has been shared, I am sure all of your employees understand the importance of what is happening and why it is essential that the Postal Service come out of this election looking like stars for having handled the volume, the issues related to getting the mail home and the roll that you all will have played in this election. As we watch the results on election night and beyond we will have to determine what our plan of action will be to get Congress to take a good hard look at the needs of the Postal Service and how we can best be sustainable for the short term and the long term when it comes to legislation. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and do our best to engage you along the way.
One of the issues I have been hearing about for some time and have been working with Headquarters to address is the issue of dignity and respect and having some realistic expectations laid out for you. You need to know that we are there to try to support you and to have the USPS deal with the long hours that you are expected to work which is only made harder to understand and harder to take given what is in too many cases the lack of thanks and appreciation when you do indeed get the job done under very difficult circumstances. For now I will say keep doing what you need to do, make sure that you are taking care of yourself from a health and wellness standpoint and if it gets to be too much make sure that you reach out for support. That support can come from a fellow Postmaster, Manager, or Supervisor that you are comfortable with, or you can reach out for assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). For many of us we feel that if we reach out to EAP that we are somehow showing that we are incapable of doing the job that is laid before us. However, you need to keep in mind that there is a reason that there are professionals that are there to assist us through whatever issues we are dealing with, who can give you some tools to help you through it.
Take care, stay healthy and stay safe going forward.
Until next time,
UPMA National President