Saturday, November 18, 2017

Open Season: What's the Plan?

Four types of plans are available during this year’s Open Season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can make changes to their health coverage.
Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), which provide care from plan physicians and hospitals located in particular geographic or service areas

Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), which offer fee-for-service plans that allow employees to choose physicians, hospitals and other health care providers within a network

Consumer-Driven Health Plans (CDHPs), which give users freedom in spending health care dollars and offer employer-funded health reimbursement arrangements that may be used to pay certain up-front medical costs

High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs), which offer comprehensive coverage for high-cost medical procedures and a tax break to save for future medical expenses through health savings accounts

USPS encourages you to take time to learn about the available plans and find one that best fits your needs and the needs of your family.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has additional information, as well as access to Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans, a resource that can help you evaluate and compare specific plans.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Doral SSAs Earn Gold Star Awards

Recently, Miami Postmaster Enrique “Rick” Suarez (not pictured) thanked Sales and Services Associates Errol Carver (left) and Miguelina Jimenez (right) for providing outstanding service to their customers.  Carver and Jimenez earned a Gold Star Award for a perfect Retail Customer Experience (RCE) transaction at the Doral Branch.
“The Gold Star Award is a small token of appreciation to demonstrate that your achievements did not go unnoticed,” said Suarez.  “Thank you for all the excellent customer service you provide.”
Photo: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte

Fort Lauderdale Trio Earns Praise

Fort Lauderdale Postmaster David Guiney (left) presented Certificates of Appreciation to second from left, Building Equipment Mechanic Raymond Thompson, Custodial Laborer Gail Thompson and Building Equipment Mechanic Marc Carroll.

“I appreciate everything you do every day. Thank you,” said Guiney.
Manager, Customer Service Operations Joe Marrone (second from right) and A/Supervisor, Customer Services Jan Wendell (far right) also shared their appreciation for a job well done. 
Photo: Fort Lauderdale Customer Relations Coordinator Kelly Worthman

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Celebrating Loxahatchee Veterans

Loxahatchee employees (above) were proud to pay homage to America’s finest men and women who gave their lives in defense of freedom, as Abraham Lincoln called the “last full measure of devotion” in the fight for our liberty.

From left, Loxahatchee Postmaster Jen Leon; Supervisor, Customer Services Patrick Samedy; Clerk Harvey Rejouis; Supervisor, Customer Services Barbara Bear; Rural Carrier Associate Mitchell Baer; and American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Shop Steward Monika Topa celebrate Veterans Day.
Loxahatchee Postmaster Jen Leon read the following letter from Postmaster General/Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan to veterans:

"Veterans Day provides our nation with the opportunity to recognize brave patriots – courageous individuals like you and your 113,000 colleagues who have served our country two ways; first in the Armed Forces and now through the United States Postal Service.

Thank you for your service to the nation, protecting our freedoms both here and abroad. The Postal Service is honored to have you among our employees, and we are proud to be the nation’s largest civilian employer of veterans.

While we remember our veterans all year round, Veterans Day is a special occasion to salute you for all you have done to keep our democracy safe. Please accept this veteran’s lapel pin as a token of profound gratitude for the sacrifices you have made for the United States. It is a sign of respect to you, and a symbol of your tremendous patriotism and dedication to public service.

I am honored to pay tribute to your hard work and commitment, and on behalf of all 640,000 Postal Service employees, thank you for everything you do each day."

Loxahatchee employees enjoyed the above "Honoring Our Veterans" cake.

Photos: Dolly Noriega

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

There's a New Face in MPOO Area 7

Brian A. Frazier, A/MPOO Area 7

The South Florida Postal Family welcomes Brian A. Frazier as Acting Manager, Post Office Operations Area 7.

In this position, effective November 13, Frazier is  administratively responsible for approximately 1,900 employees who work in Post Offices in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Pierce, Hialeah, Lake Worth, Miami Beach, and Port St. Lucie. He also will oversee operations at these locations. 
Frazier began his career as a Part-Time Flexible Letter Carrier in Harrisonburg, VA, in 1994. In 2000, he joined the managerial ranks with a promotion to Supervisor, Customer Services, Chapel Hill, NC, and was promoted to positions of increased responsibility and level throughout his career. In 2003, Frazier served as Postmaster, Moorefield, WVA, and in 2005, as Station Manager, Charleston, SC. Three years later, he was promoted to Postmaster, Rockingham, NC, and in 2012, to Postmaster, Beckley, WVA.

In 2015 Frazier was promoted to Postmaster, Vero Beach, FL, which is his current position in the Suncoast District.

“Brian’s exceptional postal knowledge and experience will be an asset to our district,” said A/District Manager Steve Hardin. “Please join me in wishing him continued success in this detail assignment.”

Photo: Jose Puig

Royal Palm P&DC Thanks Veterans

Royal Palm P&DC Tour 2 recognized and celebrated its veterans with a feast of barbecued chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and rolls. After lunch, employees gathered on the front lawn for the above patriotic photo opportunity. In the below photo, Senior Plant Manager Henry Dominguez (left) thanked Supervisor, Maintenance Operations Kenny Franz for his service in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary  FSO-CM. Photos: Bridget Taylor 

More Miami Veterans Recognition

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Branch veterans recognized front row, from left, Clerk Issac Buie, Letter Carrier Darryl Fisher, and Maintenance Custodian Yafid Safi. Back row, from left, Letter Carriers Torre Dunston, Vegnec Albert, Horace Davis, and Terry Clark.

Doral Branch Manager, Customer Services Jeannie Burgos (left) and Supervisor, Customer Services Maria Barbosa (right) thanked Custodian David Rivera (center) for his military service.

Miami Ludlam Branch Manager, Customer Services Vicente Perez-Melendez (left), a veteran himself, honored Letter Carrier Carey Wilson for his service. 
Miami Ludlam Branch Manager, Customer Services Vicente Perez-Melendez (second, left) honored Letter Carrier Wicher Morales (second from right) for his service. Letter Carriers Rey Millares (far left) and Alex Pinera (far right) also thanked Morales for his service.  

Photos: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte