The mission of A-PLUS is to promote the goals of the United States Postal Service, unify and mentor African-American EAS/PCES employees and to monitor the statistical progress of minorities in hiring, promotions, separations, details and assignments while forming beneficial alliances with organizations such as the NAACP, LUNA, NETWORK, corporate sponsors, and other supporters.
Aims Of The Organization
- To unify African-American and other employees into a cohesive, responsible voice of consciousness of the Postal Service.
- To mentor those African-American and other employees who demonstrate potential.
- To monitor the statistical progress of African-Americans and others in hiring, promotions, separations, details, and assignments.
- To support and assist in developmental opportunities for career and personal advancement.
- To promote the goals of the U.S. Postal Service in the efficient, economical and expeditious movement of the mail in a safe manner.
- To develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of the U.S. Postal Service’s African-American and other employees through workshops, seminars and counseling.
- To foster inter and intra-communications among the members of the organization and the total postal system.
- To serve as a networking vehicle for African-Americans in the postal system.
The concept of the African-American Postal League United for Success (A-PLUS) was established on July 11, 1987 in Philadelphia, PA by a group of postal employees attending a congratulatory event for the newest African-American members of the Postal Career Executive System (PCES). Members of the group saw a need for a forum in which to discuss mutual objectives and techniques to ensure that African-Americans held meaningful and responsible positions in the Postal Service. The motivating forces behind this organization had seen the following factors:
- a lessening of commitment to the concepts of affirmative action.
- a decreasing number of PCES candidates entering the pipeline.
- a decreasing number of executives, and
- a need for an organization to assist the U. S. Postal Service to move forward toward a full utilization of its African-American employees.
The combined years of these experienced postal executives and managers supplied a formidable bank of knowledge that should be tapped for the benefit of all African-American postal employees. With this in mind, responsive persons met in Chicago on September 12, 1987 to launch this organization. At the conclusion of this meeting, the name of the organization had been selected and Frank C. Goldie was nominated as the interim president.
Currently, A-PLUS, with over 1,000 members, is well on its way toward making a difference.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT A-PLUS:
1. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT A-PLUS:
A-PLUS is a non-profit organization that was organized in 1987 for the purpose of mentoring and developing African American and other postal managers towards a successful career path.
2. Is the A-PLUS organization for Blacks only?
No, A-PLUS is not just for Blacks. Although the organization was formed initially with minorities advancement in mind, any postal employee or non-postal member can benefit from the training and information offered through A-PLUS conferences, workshops and seminars. Anyone who shares A-PLUS values, aims and goals can be a member of A-PLUS regardless of Race, color, sex, age, national origin, or physical or mental disabilities.
3. Do you have to be a Postal employee to join A-PLUS?
As stated in the answer to question number two, no you do not have to be a postal employee to become a member of A-PLUS. As long as you share the same values and aims and goals of A-PLUS and abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of A-PLUS you can be a member.
4. How much is the dues to join A-PLUS?
For postal EAS employees the dues are $100 per year and for postal craft employees and non-postal members the dues are $50 per year. First time members have to pay a one time initiation fee of $25.
5. Can I get help from A-PLUS members filling out my eCareer profile?
Yes, you can get assistance from A-PLUS professionals filling out your eCareer profile, preparing for an interview, mock interviews etc. A-PLUS members are there for you anytime you need help in mentoring, training and development to help you be the best that you can be.
6. How often does the local Chapters meet and how long are the meetings?
Local chapters meet once a month (unless there is a call meeting) usually on the same day, time and place every month. Meetings usually last one hour to an hour and a half. You can go to the email address on the web of the Regional President in your region and find out the email or phone number to the President of the chapter in your location or the closest to you.
7. If I join A-PLUS am I guaranteed a promotion?
No, you are not guaranteed a promotion if you join A-PLUS. A-PLUS is based on a support mechanism, not the idea that members will gain advanced positions in the postal service. Its main idea and function thrive on “Readiness” through sharing, acting, training, developing and supporting.