Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Employee Health Benefits Fairs

 
Health plan representatives will be available at all of the below locations, with the exception of the Fort Lauderdale Main Office which will have health benefits brochures only.
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
West Palm Beach P&DC Cafeteria
3200 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33416
6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Contacts: Franco Lovett at franco.lovett@usps.gov
Victoria Shadd-Sutton at victoria.s.sutton@usps.gov

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Fort Lauderdale Main Office Employee Breakroom
1900 W Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Contacts: Juanita Kingcade at juanita.kingcade@usps.gov
Carolina Wilson at carolina.wilson@usps.gov

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Royal Palm P&DC Cafeteria
5500 NW 142nd Street, Opa Locka, FL 33054
6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Kierra Haywood at kierra.d.haywood@usps.gov

 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Miami P&DC Cafeteria
2200 NW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL 33152
6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Sheia Wright at sheia.l.wright@usps.gov

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Miami International Service Center Cafeteria
11698 NW 25 Street, Miami, FL 33112
6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Karen Mastroianni at karen.t.mastroianni@usps.gov

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Holidays are Coming!

The most magical time of the year is quickly approaching! We’ve been planning for it all year long and we’re ready to kick off the holiday season a little earlier than usual this year.

With that spirit in mind, we are “holiday-ifying” the national blog. For the next 10 weeks, it will feature posts covering things you need to know about the U.S. Postal Service this holiday season — shipping deadlines, volume projections, tips to avoid shipping glitches, products and services to make your holidays easier, how to ship food and fragile items, ways to protect your packages, how to ship to loved ones abroad, new holiday stamps, special postmarks, Operation Santa and more. Visit https://uspsblog.com/holidays/. Please check back regularly to see what we’re doing to make your holidays less stressful.

The Postal Service is uniquely positioned to deliver the holidays — whether it’s at the doorstep, the neighborhood Post Office or online at usps.com. This Is Our Season! We’re Delivering the Holidays! We’ve been doing it for more than 240 years — and this will be the best one yet!

Happy Holidays from the U.S. Postal Service!

PS – The elf featured in the image is named Holly. You’ll be seeing more of her this season!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pembroke Pines Branch Employees Support Breast Cancer Research

  
Pembroke Pines Branch Letter Carrier John Desoto (right) helped organize a recognition event to honor Sales and Services Distribution Associate and Breast Cancer Survivor Raquel "Rocky" Gilles (left). Sales and Services Associates are selling the Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamps at a feverish pace to help find a cure for this disease.
 
These 65-cent self-adhesive semi-postal stamps are available year-round in sheets of 20 to help raise funds for breast cancer research. Each stamp is equal to the First-Class Mail one-ounce postage rate in effect at the time of purchase.

The amount the Postal Service contributes to breast cancer research is determined by the difference between the 65-cent purchase price and the First-Class Mail rate in effect at the time of purchase, minus any costs incurred by USPS. The distribution of the Postal Service contribution is specified by law, with 70 percent given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.  More than one billion stamps have been sold since its inception in 1998, raising more than $87.8 million for breast cancer research.

Photo: Ray Chang

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Where Do You Live?


The Postal Service requires all employees to provide a current mailing address. If you need to update your information, five methods are available:

• LiteBlue. Use any computer to go to liteblue.usps.gov and enter your employee identification number and password. Select the “Change of Address” option in the rotating carousel in the center of the page. Select “edit” to make changes.

• Blue. Use a postal computer to go to blue.usps.gov, select “Log On” near the upper right-hand corner of the page and enter your ACE identification and password. Select the “My Life” tab. Under the “My Profile” heading, select “Address/Phone” and make changes.

• Employee kiosks. If your facility has an employee self-service kiosk, go to the main page and select the “Present Job Info/Change of Address” tab to make edits.

• Telephone. Call the Human Resources Shared Service Center (HRSSC) at 877-477-3273 and select option 5. Before you can make edits, you’ll need to validate your identity with your employee identification number and USPS personal identification number.

• Mail. Send PS Form 1216, Employee’s Current Mailing Address, to: HRSSC, Benefits/Compensation, P.O. Box 970400, Greensboro, NC 27497-0400.

Source: LINK 

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Will You Wear Pink on Fri., Oct. 19?

The Postal Service is inviting employees to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink Friday, October 19.

"Wear Pink Day" aims to raise awareness of the disease and to honor breast cancer survivors and those who have died.

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women, according to the National Cancer Institute. Women are diagnosed more than men, but men can also develop the disease.

USPS is encouraging employees to learn the symptoms and risk factors, get regular screenings and take preventive measures.
Experts recommend talking to your doctor about getting a mammogram if you are 45 or older, although if you have a family history of cancer, you can get mammograms as early as age 40.
The Postal Service also offers its Breast Cancer Research Semi-Postal Stamp, which has raised more than $86 million to fund research programs across the nation.
Employees who participate in Wear Pink Day must follow their facility’s dress code or the regulations found within Employee and Labor Relations Manual, Subchapter 930, Work Clothes and Uniforms.

Source: LINK

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

USPS Dream Team is 'More than Pink'


The USPS Dream Team, including District Manager Timothy Costello (far right), supported the Susan G. Komen "More than Pink" Walk in downtown Miami on Saturday, October 13.

The "More than Pink" Walk Series includes more than 140 events on four continents. Over one million participants come together to take part in the fight against breast cancer every year.

Photo: Carolina Wilson



Quail Heights Supports BCR Stamps


Miami Quail Heights Branch Sales and Services Associate Edmund Campbell (right) promotes the sale of the Breast Cancer Research semi-postal Forever stamp. Raoul Martinez (left), a regular Quail Heights customer, purchases a stamp sheet to support the cause. “Every bit helps,” said Martinez.

These 65-cent self-adhesive semi-postal stamps are available year-round in sheets of 20 to help raise funds for breast cancer research. The amount the Postal Service contributes to breast cancer research is determined by the difference between the 65-cent purchase price and the First-Class Mail rate in effect at the time of purchase, minus any costs incurred by USPS. The distribution of the Postal Service contribution is specified by law, with 70 percent given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

More than one billion stamps have been sold since its inception in 1998, raising more than $87.8 million for breast cancer research.

Photo: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte

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USPS Issues New Hanukkah Stamp

Today the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new Hanukkah Forever stamp to celebrate the Jewish holiday. The First-Day-Of-Issue dedication is at Tour Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island.

The stamp is being dedicated in conjunction with a new stamp being issued by Israel Post.
 
The new Hanukkah stamp artwork features a menorah created using the techniques of the traditional Jewish folk art of papercutting. Artist Tamar Fishman made a pencil sketch of the design and then with a fine blade, cut the two-dimensional image on white paper. She chose blue-purple and green papers for the background to highlight the central design. Behind the menorah is a shape reminiscent of an ancient oil jug that represents the heart of Hanukkah. Additional design elements include dreidels — spinning tops used to play a children’s game during the holiday — and a pomegranate plant with fruit and flowers.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp. As a Forever stamp, Hanukkah will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

News about the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #HanukkahStamps.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December. In 2018, Hanukkah begins at sundown December 2.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Quail Heights Team is #PostalProud

Front row, from left, Sales and Services Associate Jennifer Hope-Marquis; Letter Carriers Sharon Henley, Adolfo Martinez, and George Bullard; and Supervisors, Customer Services Alex Urquia and Robert Mesa. Back row, Manager, Customer Services Mario Bossano.
Front row, from left, Supervisor, Customer Services Alex Urquia; and Letter Carriers Cathy Pia, Lucilla Pupo, and Sharon Henley. Back row, Supervisor, Customer Services Robert Mesa. 

Also #PostalProud, but not pictured, Sales and Services Associates Michel Byrd, Edmund Campbell, Jennifer Hope-Marquis, Bonnie Nichols, and Marissa Nieves. 

Photos: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Recommended Holiday Mailing Dates to Diplomatic and Military Members

 
Thousands of men and women in the nation’s diplomatic corps and in the military will be serving abroad during the holidays, and the mail is a great way to stay connected with them by sending them cards, letters, presents and care packages for the festive season.

The Postal Service offers a reduced price of $17.40 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide — a $1.50 discount from the regular price.

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than these mailing dates:


Military Mail Addressed To and From

Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1

First-Class Mail Letters and Cards

Priority Mail

Parcel Airlift     Mail (PAL)2

Space Available Mail (SAM)3

Retail Ground

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec. 18

Dec. 11

Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP   093

N/A

Dec. 4

Dec. 4

Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec. 18

Dec. 11

Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP   340

Dec. 18

Dec. 11

Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec. 18

Dec. 11

Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

1 PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.
2 PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
3 SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

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USPS Announces New Prices for 2019

The U.S. Postal Service has filed notice of price changes with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

The proposed prices, which would take effect January 27, 2019, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 2.5 percent. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express will increase 3.9 percent and Priority Mail will increase 5.9 percent. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions.
 
If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include a 5-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents. The single-piece additional ounce price will be reduced to 15 cents, so a two-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost less to mail, decreasing from 71 cents to 70 cents. 


The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

Product                               

Current

Proposed

Letters (1 oz.)                              

50 cents   

55 cents

Letters additional ounces                  

21 cents 

15 cents

Letters (metered 1 oz.)              

47 cents

50 cents

Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)   

$1.15

$1.15

Domestic Postcards                     

35 cents       

35 cents

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Retail Flat Rate price changes are:

Product

Current       

Proposed

Small Flat Rate Box                          

$7.20

$  7.90

Medium Flat Rate Box                       

$13.65

$14.35

Large Flat Rate Box                       

$18.90

$19.95

APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box                   

$17.40

$18.45

Regular Flat Rate Envelope           

$  6.70

$  7.35

Legal Flat Rate Envelope                  

$  7.00

$  7.65

Padded Flat Rate Envelope         

$  7.25

$  8.00

First-Class Package Service, a lightweight expedited offering used primarily by businesses for fulfillment purposes, will move to zone-based pricing to better align with the cost of service and improve value based on distance.