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October 1997
Vol. 1 No. 1 Page 3

Get Involved
by Gary Mills

Greetings, Brothers and Sisters of the Satchel. Would you like to improve your work life? Are you satisfied with the way things are now? Could they be better? If you answered yes, yes, and yes then the next question would have to be, "How can those goals be accomplished?" Before I give you the answer I offer you the following quote as food for thought…..

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up. "

-Martin Niemoeller(1892-1984)

Oh yeah, the answer to the previous questions is "Get Involved." A good starting point for your involvement is to abide by the National Agreement. That document alone will provide improved working conditions for all, if we all abide by it.

Secondly, follow management's rules and regulations to the letter. Working conditions suffer when we start making "personal deals" with management that are outside of the rules and regulations. Name calling, rumors, and lies aren't far behind when the rules are compromised. Once we go down that road does that behavior improve working conditions? No, it doesn't. Improved working conditions will come by following the handbooks and manuals, without any exceptions. Management, in pursuit of their next bonus, seem to turn a blind eye to rule violations that will yield short term benefits to them, which means long term degradation of our working conditions.

Until next time, thanks for allowing me this time. Be safe & be professional.

You're invited to visit my web site at the following Internet address:

Gary Mills is the Steward in Rolla, MO for NALC Branch 343, an Associate Office merged with St. Louis, MO. Gary has been with the post office for 25 years, serving as NALC Steward for the past 7 of those years.


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