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NAPUS HOTLINE
February 13th, 2009

Thank you for contacting the NAPUS Hotline.  This is Executive Director Ken Engstrom at the NAPUS national office in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday February 13, 2009. 

The NAPUS Leadership Conference held over March 21-25, 2009 is still looking for YOU.  Sign up by going to the NAPUS web page. (www.NAPUS.org)  Rooms can still be found by calling Ross Davis, Housing Director Marriott at (703-271-5119).  If you have not sent in your registration form, you need to complete this task now.  Your national office needs this information to plan the best conference possible for you. 

Rumors:  It seems these times are fertile grounds to sprout a new rumor!  Every day the NAPUS National Office is asked a question about an issue to see if it is true.  Remember; rumors are just that-rumors.  Call the NAPUS office if you have a question on any issue that you are not sure is true.

Need to Know:  NAPS President Ted Keating wrote a letter to Pat Donahoe, Deputy Postmaster General & COO on February 11, 2009 requesting the immediate removal of Western Area Vice President Sylvester Black and Dakotas District Manager Clem Felchle for inappropriate and inflammatory remarks on Telecoms last week.  At the Feb. 11 meeting where all three management presidents met with the Deputy Postmaster General, NAPUS President Dale Goff stated that he was in full support of NAPS President Ted Keating’s request for the immediate removal of these employees.  This type of conduct by senior officers cannot be tolerated.  The full letter can be found on the postal blog. 

Note:  The Governors of the U. S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Stamp to 44 cents effective Monday, May 11, 2009. 

NAPUS Government Relations Director Bob Levi testified before the Committee on Ways & Means Maryland House of Delegates on February 11, 2009.  He stated that NAPUS strongly supports House Bill 523, legislation to make available permanent absentee ballots for certain classes of Maryland voters. 

As always, I am here to help you.

Ken Engstrom
National Executive Director