Membership Officer: Meta Belford

Membership Overview

Representation

  • Job protection through legislative action.
  • Consultative sessions with Postal Headquarters about issues that concern you and your job.
  • UPMA listens to the needs and concerns of members and takes those concerns to Postal Headquarters.
  • UPMA gives you the opportunity to take important issues to your representatives on Capitol Hill, where your voice will be heard.
  • Gives you a sense of pride in knowing you belong to an organization that truly cares and does something about the needs of its members.

Educational

  • Education and information that is important for your job and your future.
  • Educational training and materials provided in The UPMA Leader, on the UPMA website www.UnitedPMA.org and at local, state and national events.
  • 3-digit educational meetings at your local level addressing local, area and national issues affecting your job and your ability to perform effectively.
  • The UPMA gives you opportunities to expand your knowledge, both personally and professionally.
  • A lifeline to assist with the many fast-paced changes in the Postal Service

Adverse Action and Legal Defense Services

  • The United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) is committed to representing its members in all areas, including adverse actions. Support and representation is provided by the network of UPMA Adverse Action Counselors.
  • Legal Defense Services. When the decision of the Postal Service in adverse action falls within the jurisdiction of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the adverse action representative will immediately contact the UPMA Legal Defense attorney. The sole decision on the scope, extent and means of defense then becomes the responsibility of the attorney, with the agreement of the charged Postmaster/Manager/Supervisor.
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Membership Benefits

Benefits of joining UPMA as a Postmaster, Manager or Supervisor

  • UPMA is the only management organization that can represent you at Postal Headquarters on specific Postmaster issues, including the planning and development of pay policies and schedules and fringe benefit programs.
  • All national UPMA leaders and state presidents are current USPS employees.
  • National officers serve one term only in their current positions.
  • As an active member, you have the privilege to vote and hold leadership positions at all levels of the organization.
  • A national website—unitedpma.org—that offers the latest information regarding the organization, legislative issues, interactive training and videos and Postal Service information that affects your career.
  • A national magazine and state publications that contain information important to you in your current position and will help you in your future endeavors.
  • Annual national and chapter conventions that offer training to help you be successful.
  • As a UPMA member you have access to the network of Adverse Action Member reps, should the need arise. As an active EAS member of UPMA for at least one year prior to the date of an initial proposed adverse action you are eligible for the Legal Defense Plan.
  • You gain a network of Postmasters and Managers who can assist you in your day-to-day duties and mentor you for future opportunities

Benefits of joining UPMA as an Associate

UPMA wants to help you meet your goals and is the premier management organization that allows you to become a member before being promoted to an EAS position.

  • A network of active postal employees who will help prepare you to take advantage of opportunities for upward mobility.
  • All national UPMA leaders and state presidents are current USPS employees.
  • A national website—unitedpma.org—that offers the latest information regarding the organization, legislative issues, interactive training and videos and Postal Service information that affects your career.
  • A national magazine and state publications that contain information important to you and in your future endeavors.
  • Annual national and chapter conventions that offer training to help you be successful.

Membership Report

Take an important step in your career by joining the United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA).

Get your fellow Postmasters, EAS Managers, Supervisors, OICs and PMRs involved in this great organization!  We are stronger when we work together to achieve our common goals! 

TOP Reasons to Join UPMA

  • To be a part of something bigger than ourselves: “Let’s do together what we cannot do alone.”
  • Representation (professional legal representation if needed)
  • Training
  • Networking and support
  • Motivation and positive feedback
  • Professional advancement and personal growth
  • Credit Union
  • Discounts from business partners; insurance, road service, etc.
  • UPMA family/friends forever

UPMA: Champion of America’s Postmasters and Managers
By becoming a member of UPMA, members will gain access to many valuable services and benefits available only to UPMA members.  In addition, you will join a special fraternity of more than 34,000 other Postmasters, officers-in-charge and retired Postmasters.  You will gain additional insight, ideas and career assistance by networking with your fellow UPMA members.

UPMA members own outright the UPMA National Office building in Alexandria, VA.  A National Office staff of full-time professionals works to promote the interests of Postmasters, OICs, Managers and Supevisors.

UPMA enjoys strong financial health.  The organization maintains a healthy reserve fund balance on members behalf.  A presidentially appointed Budget Committee, the makeup of which changes every year, but always includes the national secretary-treasurer and one returning member for purposes of continuity, draws up the annual UPMA budget.  The Budget Committees recommendations are carefully considered and voted on by the UPMA National Executive Committee.

Membership in UPMA is voluntary; we can only be a successful management organization if each current UPMA member makes it his or her personal responsibility to invite new members to join.  Get to know your fellow Postmasters and managers of all levels.  Ask them why they are not a member.  Share with them the benefits of membership by sharing the talking points on our website and those listed above.  You were motivated to join, motivate someone else! A 100% membership rate guarantees a stronger voice at pay talks.  A 100% membership rate ensures that Congress listens to our voice when we talk with them about workplace conditions, pay & benefits, and other legislative agenda items that affect Postmasters and Managers of the United States Postal Service.