I have heard the rumble about submitting a Resolution to the national convention to rescind the action taken in 2010 to confer Emeritus status in honor of my 37 years of service as an officer. I have not decided how I intend to respond, but in order that there is absolutely no misunderstanding, if there are any APWU members who believe that I do not deserve the honor, I do not want the title. Of the billions of web sites available for inspection, bigoted bullies chose to access burrusjournal.org read it and take exception to its contents. One would think that if they disagree with the contents they would use their time in a more productive way, but they read it and pass judgment. Being incapable of defending a contract that reduces the wages of the next generation of postal employees by 25% and receiving nothing of value in return they desire to stifle debate and threaten retaliation for those who dare dissent.
I reject any expectation that I owe a debt of support to the architects of this sell out that exceeds my debt to future employees. If there was an expectation that I would set quietly on the sidelines while all of the progress made over 40 years was reversed, they really did not know me. My oath of office was not a ceremony, but a commitment to postal employees, past, present and future. I fulfilled that commitment by leading the battle preserving uncapped cola and increasing the wages (with Moe) from $17,000 to $52,000. If you do not believe that is worthy of a title, I can live with that but I collect my monthly annuity with a clear conscious.
Some have opined that I abandoned the officers at a time of crisis but they do not know that I offered my experience and service, at no cost, to share an alternative view and they did not have the decency to acknowledge receipt of the offer. I did not expect to influence their decisions, but only asked that they take advantage of my involvement in 12 national agreements before deciding. That certainly was within their rights, but don’t go crying when you screw it up and I point out how bad you did.
The delegates to the 2012 national convention have a lot more important things to discuss than a title that does not include salary, expenses or staff. Congress is considering emasculating postal employment, the future officer structure, dues and a host of other important issues demand attention. Discussions about my entitlement to a title are far down the list of things to do. But if there are haters who seek to penalize me for having an opinion, I have several suggestions. Stay tuned!