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July 23, 2021 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 07/23/21

Friday Message – July 23, 2021

Pay Talks – We had set a goal of having our pay talks concluded by yesterday, however, due to unforeseen circumstances and issues that have not been resolved at this point, the Postal Service has requested an extension to August 23rd.    I firmly believe that we will indeed have a pay decision by that date and then it will be up to your National Executive Board to review it and give their recommendation on acceptance of the package.   There have been questions coming into the National Office on the annual leave carryover amount and if will it be increased for this year, as it was last year.   I do believe we will have a decision on that question before August 23rd and as soon as we do, 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.  I am confident that we will have some type of decision on what is happening for this year before we arrive in Sandusky for the National Convention on August 14th.   I am not certain what the plan will look like for this year, but at least we should have a decision on the parameters of what the process will involve and what the goals are that are being used.

Legislative Summit – We are moving ahead with plans for our 2021 Legislative Summit coming up September 26-29, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA.   While we are not certain that we will be able to get up on Capitol Hill to do visits, we are looking at a number of options.    We did receive a commitment this week from Representative Carolyn Maloney’s office that the representative plans to be with us and address our Summit on Monday, September 27th.    Representative Maloney is the Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee which has jurisdiction over Postal Related Issues.    Our Government Relations Team is working on lining up other individuals to address us, as well.   The registration fee for the Summit remains at just $40.00, and that price is in effect until September 1.   If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Gerri Swarm at the National Office.

National Convention – We continue to put the finishing touches on our National Convention agenda and the plans for the general sessions, as well as the training sessions and fun activities, as well.    We have received confirmation that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will be with us and will address the general session on Monday, August 16th.     In addition to Mr. DeJoy, Deputy Postmaster General Doug Tulino will be at the convention along with Chief Postal Inspector Barksdale who will be addressing us on Wednesday morning and Shayne Hensely from Postal Service Headquarters Human Resources will address us on Thursday morning.   If you have heard about the new USPS Connect program, I am pleased to say that Chief Commerce and Business Solutions Officer and Executive Vice President Jackie Krage Strako will be at the convention on Monday afternoon at 3:15 to lead that training seminar.    This is a very important initiative as it relates to the 10-year plan moving forward.

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