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New Year's Resolutions

By Rhonda Massari, Branch 725


February 4, 2011
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Brothers and Sisters,

First let me start by apologizing to all of you who check the Vice Presidentís page and have found no articles for quite some time. My home is down to only one computer and I have a 16 year old daughter. Need I say more?

With the start of this New Year, how many of us have made our annual New Yearís resolution only to have already broken it? Maybe you have resolved to stop eating junk food or go to the gym 4 times a week or stop watching too much TV?

Well, my resolution is to be a more positive person especially when it comes to my postal life. All too often, we tend to focus on the negatives. I am certainly guilty of that. This year I have resolved to focus more on the positives. Sure, I know full well that our daily work life in the Post Office is overwhelmingly negative. We start and end our work day being told in one way or another that we are not valued as employees. Never let anyone tell you or make you feel invaluable. Never give anyone, especially a supervisor or postmaster the power over you to make you feel anything but spectacular. It takes a very special kind of person to deliver the mail.

I want each and every one of you to know that you are very valuable! The men and women of the NALC are what hold this organization together. YOU are the ones who work tirelessly day in and day out to provide a valuable service to our customers six days a week despite the many roadblocks put in your way. YOU are the ones who foster new ideas and facilitate the changes that are needed to keep the USPS a strong a vital organization. YOU are resolute in our goal to protect our jobs, wages and benefits all while trying to save the Post Office from itself. YOU are the difference!

We face many challenges and we may feel overwhelmed at times but, if we RESOLVE to face these challenging times head on, together, we can effect change. Change often comes slowly. So slowly, that it is unbelievably frustrating. But we CAN and DO make a difference.

Why am I so sure that we can make a difference? I know because, we have YOU. Hang in there and thank you for doing what you do.