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July 16, 2021 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 07/16/21

Friday Message – July 16, 2021

Milestone – As of tomorrow (July 17th) our own Gerri Swarm will reach a significant milestone with the former NAPUS and now UPMA organizations when she celebrates her 40th anniversary of serving as the Executive Assistant to the National President.   Over these forty years, Gerri has served with numerous National Presidents and even more National Secretary-Treasurers.   She has helped organize forty National Conventions and Legislative Summits and similar gatherings.   Her attention to detail and her dedication to duty is truly something she should and can be very proud of.   On behalf of UPMA and our entire membership I want to thank Gerri for being part of our organization for these many years and for all that she does for our membership on a daily basis.   Thank you, Gerri!!!!!

National Convention – The final preparations are underway for our National Convention next month in Ohio.  We are in the process of finalizing all the training sessions that will be offered and I am pleased to say that Doug Tulino and the team at Postal Service Headquarters have been very cooperative as far as providing us the training we have requested and sending some very top-notch presenters from the Headquarters level to present the classes.   We will have classes dealing with the bargaining unit hiring process, rural delivery management, retail growth, the new USPS Connect program, a presentation on safety programs and tips for making your work in the area of safety an easier one, a class dealing with understanding your federal benefits, a class on retirement planning, a session dealing with NPA and PFP, as well as a membership presentation by our National Membership Director Frank Augustosky and our National Membership Team, two different session presented by Blue Cross/Blue Shield – one on Nutrition and one on stress reduction and two different sessions presented by the Alzheimer’s Association – one on the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and one on things to do to help prevent, or lessen these diseases.    We will have eight training sessions on Monday afternoon and eight training sessions offered during two sessions on Wednesday afternoon.   Also, on Monday we will have a fused glass class that will be offered by Jill Groves from Ohio.   There is a fee for that class and the sign-up sheet which is done directly with Jill is in the newest issue of the UPMA Leader.

Pay Talk Update – We continue to correspond with the representatives from the Postal Service on Pay Talks and a final pay talk package.    The Postal Service is continuing to review and research the proposals that we have put forward and as soon as possible I should have a package to present to the board and if approved, to bring it forward to you, the membership.   It is our goal to have the package finalized so that it can be announced at the National Convention in Ohio at the very latest.

Leave Carryover – We continue to get almost daily questions at the National Office regarding the Annual Leave carryover amount for this year.   As you are all aware, I am sure, the leave carryover amount was increased last year from 560 hours to 640 hours.    At this time, I am not certain that that will be extended; however, that is part of the ongoing pay talk process so we should have an answer by early August at the very latest.    As soon as we receive the final word from the Postal Service, I will be sure to share that with you.

NPA and PFP – The National Performance Assessment (NPA) and the Pay for Performance (PFP) process continue to be a work in progress, and I certainly hope to have some finalized information from Headquarters in the very near future.   

Executive Director – Due to the retirement of Dave Ravenelle, our current Executive Director, UPMA will be looking for a new Executive Director starting on November 1, 2021.   The information on the position along with the application process is posted on our website under the resources tab, and it was included in the last issue of the UPMA Leader magazine.   Please note that the application deadline is August 10, 2021.  

As always, take care, stay safe, and follow the guidelines as presented by the CDC and the Postal Service.    


Have a good week!

Dan Heins,
UPMA National President