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October 29, 2021 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 10/29/21

Friday Message – October 29, 2021

Thank you – This will be my last Friday Message as your National President.    As some of you have heard me say when I did the first of these messages back on March 25th of 2020, to cover issues related to the COVID=-19 outbreak that I would continue to be doing a weekly message for all this time.   While we can say we have seen ebbs and flows with the pandemic, the truth is it still with us and we need to continue to take necessary precautions.     As I close out my term of office on Sunday, I very much want to thank you for this opportunity to serve as your National President and for having given me this opportunity of a lifetime to serve our great organization and YOU our members.  On behalf of my wife Karen, I also want to thank you for the hospitality and support that you have given her, as well.  

Next chapter – As most of you are undoubtedly aware by now the next chapter of my life will include continuing to have an opportunity to continue to serve UPMA as the new Executive Director.   I am very much looking forward to taking on these new responsibilities and I do have very big shoes to fill!   Our current Executive Director Dave Ravenelle will be retiring on Sunday, after having served in this capacity for the past almost eight years.    I want to thank Dave for his service and his wife Sally and their family for allowed him to give so much to us over these many years.

NPA 2021 – The NPA scorecard for September was released earlier this week and it shows that on the national scorecard we are currently at a 4.19.    While we do not know if there will be any changes, this is not the final scorecard, that finalized scorecard should be released in the next couple of weeks, I hope.   As we currently stand this score of 4.19 would put us in a block 4 on the PFP matrix which would amount to a 2.5% raise for this year.    I wish that I could say that I was optimistic that any adjustments would take the final scorecard number to 4.5, or above, which would result in a block 5 and a 3% raise, I am not sure that that will actually happen.    Whatever that salary increase amount is, it will be figured after the adjustments to the tops and bottoms of the pay scales have been made.     Also, for those of you that are eligible for the new Supervisor Differential Allowance (SDA) will receive that increase effective November 20, 2021.     So, any NPA/PFP raises will be calculated on that new amount.

 NPA 2022 – The final goals are still be looked at at the Headquarters level and while I was hopeful that you would have those numbers by this point it does not look like they will be out until early in November.   As we know more, we will be sure to share that with you.

 National Executive Board Meeting – A reminder that the National Executive Board will be holding their first meeting of the new year in Arlington, Virginia on Monday and Tuesday, November 8th, and 9th.    If you have items that you would like to see discussed, I encourage you to get those items to a member of the Executive Board so that they can bring those issues 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