New deal

PMG NALC

Postal Service and National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) leaders recently put the final touches on a new labor deal that covers approximately 211,000 USPS employees represented by the union.

The contract was signed by PMG Megan J. Brennan and NALC President Fredric Rolando at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

The deal, which NALC members ratified last month, follows the wages and benefits pattern of the major collective bargaining agreements previously settled in the current round of bargaining.

The agreement will continue through Sept. 20, 2019.

“The Postal Service values and appreciates the NALC’s collaboration in achieving this negotiated agreement,” said Labor Relations VP Doug Tulino. “This is a fair and reasonable contract that serves the best interests of our employees and the Postal Service.”

Time of need

Hurricane

The Postal Service is reminding employees they can make financial contributions to help USPS colleagues whose homes have been damaged by the recent hurricanes.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a federal agency, has authorized a special solicitation to assist victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. PMG Megan J. Brennan has designated the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF) as the charity to receive contributions from USPS employees.

You can make one-time credit and debit card donations to PERF to specifically aid Postal Service victims.

These donations can be made online at www.postalrelief.com or by mailing a check to the following address: Postal Employees’ Relief Fund, PO Box 7630, Woodbridge, VA 22195.

This special solicitation is outside the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual charity drive for federal workplaces.

PERF provides assistance grants to employees who are victims of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires and earthquakes. The organization, established in 1990, has distributed more than $16.2 million in grants to employees in need.

The PERF site has additional information.

Busy season

USPS employee

Fall begins next week, and you know what that means: USPS is about to get a lot busier.

The next few months will bring open season, when employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan; the peak mailing and shipping season; and the holidays.

Employees can use Link mobile to stay up-to-date on these and other Postal Service happenings.

Link mobile is a mobile-friendly version of Link. It has all the news you’ll find on the site’s desktop version, except Link mobile is formatted for easy reading on handheld devices.

All USPS employees are invited to read Link mobile — especially craft employees who don’t have access to computers but want to stay in the know.

Employees can sign up for a weekly email that showcases the site’s best and most useful stories. To subscribe, go to www.usps.link and enter an email address.

And remember: You don’t have to wait for the weekly email to read Link mobile. The site is available 24/7.

Need to know

USPS employee

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.5 percent during the week ending Sept. 8, down from one week earlier.

Dakotas (99.07 percent) topped the districts, while Western (97.93 percent) led the areas.

To see the latest results, go to the Enterprise Analytics site and select “Scanning” on the left hand side, and then “DES 2 — Scan Performance” from the drop-down options.

Encore, encore! The Kingman, KS, Post Office recently brought Mr. ZIP out of “retirement” to take another turn in the spotlight.

After reading Link’s recent list on ZIP Code facts, the Kingman employees decided to bring a Mr. ZIP display out of storage and place it in the lobby, where he’s being used to highlight postal trivia and history.

“We wanted to draw publicity to the Post Office and have some fun at the same time,” said Customer Services Supervisor Linda Hague. “It is very interesting to listen to both employees’ and customers’ reactions and memories [about him].”

Flag reminder. Postal Service facilities are required to display the POW-MIA flag Sept. 15, which is POW-MIA Recognition Day. The POW-MIA flag must fly below the U.S. flag, and both flags should be flown at full staff.

Casting call update. The Postal Service has extended the deadline for employees to audition for this year’s holiday TV campaign. The new deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. EDT. The USPS Holiday 2017 Employee Casting site has audition instructions.

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