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February 26, 2021 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 02/26/21

Friday Message – February 26, 2021

At the meeting last ween the National Executive Board voted to offer a special promotion for new EAS members who join UPMA.   Instead of the six-month free we have been offering, we are going to offer free membership for one year.    This promotion starts on March 1 and will run until August 31, 2021.   So, someone can join and try us out for a year and see the benefits of membership and at that time they will be eligible for all the benefits UPMA has to offer including the Legal Defense Adverse Action Plan.  Remember if you sign up a new member make sure that your name is listed on the bottom of the Form 1187, and your name will go into a drawing for five $100 checks to be awarded next year at the National Convention.   You do not have to attend the convention to be eligible for the drawing, however.   With all the obstacles with COVID and the lack of meetings, career conference, etc., the board is hoping that this promotion will make it easier for you to reach out.   In addition to the five $100 checks, we will be giving nationally, there are many states that also offer an incentive to their members that sign up new members, as well.   Check with your chapter officer to see if your chapter has a program in place.

Another action taken by the board was to freeze the registration fee for the National Convention at the current rate of $195.    The registration fee was scheduled to go up on March 1, to $245, but the board decided with everything still going on with COVID that we would extend the current rate until June 14th and then it will go up to $245 through the convention.   Just as a reminder, if you were registered for the 2020 Convention in St. Louis, and unless you requested a refund, your registration was rolled over to the 2021 Convention in Sandusky and there is no further action needed on your part.    If you want to verify your registration just contact Gerri Swarm at the UPMA National Office and she can verify that you are registered.   If you are registered, I would encourage you to contact the Kalahari Resort and get your room reservations in as well.

The three proposed amendments to the UPMA Articles of Incorporation and the twenty-five proposed amendments to the UPMA National Bylaws are now posted on the UPMA website, unitedpma.org, and they will also be published in the next issue of the UPMA Leader magazine.   Remember we will be voting on these changes at your upcoming Chapter Conventions, as well.

Last weekend at our Executive Board meeting we were able to have the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy and the Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President, Doug Tulino attend our meeting.   Mr. DeJoy laid out his plans for the short term and the long-term viability of the Postal Service as we face an ever-changing environment and as we continue to meet our obligations with 6 day delivery and welcoming significant increases in the package business.    The plan that he has put together is aimed at getting us to self-sustainability within the next ten years.    We know that District restructuring is coming and will be announced probably early next week.   At that time, we should also know what the timeline will be for implementation of those changes.   Mr. Tulino talked about Fast Track hiring and that they are reviewing the process to see what, if any, changes need to be made.   Mr. Tulino also mentioned the VERA and explained that the VER announcement is being finalized and the plans are to announce the VER at approximately the same time as the announcement is made regarding restructuring.

As a friend of mine who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and as a result, ended up having to be hospitalized and was not sure early on what the outcome was going to be stated in an email to many, many people; make sure you have your priorities straight.   Make sure your family knows how much you love them and care about them.   Make sure that you are making time for those around you and that you are not so caught up in your day-to-day life that you lose sight of what will sustain you in the future.   At times, I know this can be difficult.  It seems like we have to be focused on everything work related and other issues just fall to the side.   If you need time away to get some rest, or assistance, let your manager know that and if they give you any pushback on it, let them know how important it is to you and let us know here at the National Office if it continues.   Your family and your health are much more important than what happens at the Post Office.

Take care, stay safe, wear your masks, wash your hands, and practice social distancing all of the time when you are out and about.

Dan Heins
UPMA National President