When Joshua Dial began his postal career in 1969, the minimum wage was $1.30 an hour and gasoline cost about 35 cents a gallon.
“It seems like yesterday,” said Dial, a learning development and diversity specialist for Capital Metro Area’s Mid-Carolinas District.
Dial’s colleagues recently marked his milestone with a surprise celebration at the Charlotte, NC, Processing and Distribution Center, where he is based.
“I have been blessed to get up in the morning and come to a job I love,” he said during the gathering. “It’s about all of you.”
Human Resources Manager Doris Reed and District Manager Leslie Johnson-Frick presented Dial with a 50-year service pin.
“Josh, you embody the traits that make the Postal Service a great place to work,” said Johnson-Frick. “Your dedication, hard work and commitment are invaluable.”
Said Dial: “Fifty years goes by fast. It’s the people you care about that give life and work meaning.”