- A union of people who serve the nation as rank and file employees in the federal and/or postal service
- Our motto: "Ad Mortem Fidelis" (Faithful unto Death)
- Working together to eliminate discrimination and injustice in the federal service.
- Committed to promoting efficiency and welfare in the federal service.
- Discovering the needs of each agency of sharing its "talent bank" of qualified members with Federal Agencies.
- Fighting for the right for any American citizen to hold any job and position for which he or she is qualified or can be trained to handle; the right to that training; the right to promotion to higher skilled work; and the end to unsanitary, unsafe and low paying work.
Hazardous working conditions, discrimination, self determination and the need for job protection were the key elements for the establishment of the National Alliance of Postal Employees in 1913 by 35 black railway mail clerks who met at the foot of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee to form a union for the immediate purpose of preventing the elimination of blacks from the railway mail service.
At the time of the National Alliance's founding, the practices and policies of the existing craft unions excluded blacks from their membership. This attitude persisted well into the sixties. Since its October 6, 1913 founding, the Alliance, which was the first industrial union in the federal service, has kept its doors open to all eligible persons regardless of race, sex, creed or religion-- a factor which distinguishes NAPFE from the old line craft unions in the postal and federal service.