The National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees welcomes you to its membership.
This is your Union and your participation will contribute to the greatness of the National Alliance.
It is true that being Federal employees, strikes and lockouts are beyond the realm of our personal experiences. It is also true that we have much in common with people in non-federal employees union's because we are a significant part of American Labor. This is why it is important to understand the philosophy and the history of the movement not only of the Alliance but of trade unionism in general.
The steward is your union representative right on the job. He or she is elected directly by the members in your job unit, or is appointed as provided by Local by-laws. Stewards are your contact point for information about the union and its activities.
They handle grievances as they arise, accepting them from the members and seeking to adjust them with first-line supervision. They refer unsettled grievances to the proper Local Officer, so that they may be processed according to the grievance procedure.
If your seniority rights have been ignored, if you have been unjustly discharged, if you have improperly been denied a promotion to a better job, or if you have any other grievance, see your Alliance steward without delay.
In the spirit of genuine helpfulness, the N.A.P.F.E. offers these friendly words of advice.
Learn as much as possible as quickly as possible about your duties as an employee. Inquire whenever necessary of the proper authority about those matters concerning your employment with which you are unfamiliar.
Pay particular attention to all instructions. Obey all orders promptly. Avoid any semblance of an altercation or dispute with your fellow or supervisory employees. Now, if you do have difficulty, which means friction, remember there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with it. If you protest verbally on the spot, do it with courtesy and firmness. If in doubt as to either the method or result, consult the Labor Relations Officer of your local of the National Alliance of Postal and federal Employees.
Punctuality is a must. When you are scheduled to work, you are most definitely expected to show up. Only a good reason that will bear inspection can relieve you of these obligations. If you can't show up, phone in early, so other arrangements can be made. If you like the service and are proud of it, this will be reflected in your good conduct both on the job and in the street.
In other words be efficient, well informed, courteous and punctual. In this way, your value as a federal employee will be enhanced.
And, last but not least, be an active member in the Alliance.
Share your ideas about the advantages of belonging to your Union with new employees and other people you meet at work.
The National Alliance needs you and your ideas.
All postal or federal employees may make application for membership in this organization. Each member of the Alliance must belong to the local in the postal or federal installation where he or she is employed. At installations where no local has been established, employees shall belong to the nearest local within their district, except that present members-at-large may remain as such.
The Retirees' division is composed of members who are retired or meet the qualifications described in Article III, Section 4f. of the Constitution.
- The Management Division is composed of members who hold supervisory positions.
Categories of Membership
Regular Members - Persons paying full membership dues, holds membership in a Local and are entitled to actively participate in all Union functions.
Honorary Members - The National and each District, by majority vote in convention, and each local by a majority vote in a regular membership meeting may elect persons of distinction to honorary membership. Such membership carries no right to vote, hold office or to participate in this organization's affairs.
Members at Large - Person employed in an installation where a Local has not been established. Representation is provided by the National Office designee (Members at large are afforded the right to vote in national elections. However, they may not hold an office or serve as a delegate).
Retired Members - Any regular member retaining "Regular Membership" status for a minimum of five (5) years, retiring from employment, and pays the required dues and assessments to the Local, District, and National. Retired members are entitled to all rights and privileges afforded to regular members.
Life Member - Any person who has been a member of the Alliance for forty (40) years or more, shall receive a dues exempt Life Membership.
Retiree-at-Large - Person meeting all the requirements of the "Retired Member", whose residence has changed to an area where a Local has not been established or the Local is inactive.
Auxiliary Members - Persons who are relatives of NAPFE members are eligible to join the Auxiliary and serve as officers and delegates at the Local, District and National levels.
Youth Council Member - Persons between the ages of eight (8) and eighteen (18), who are dependents of NAPFE members, are eligible to join the Youth Council and serve as officers and delegates at the Local, District and National levels.
Management Division Member - NAPFE members holding a supervisory position in the Postal or Federal Service, are eligible to join the Management Division and serve as officers and delegates at the Local, District and National levels.