Joanne Benge, a Dallas District business service network representative, said she gave to a local hospital “because of the care they provided to my daughter when she was young.”
Employees also hit the road to drum up support for the CFC.
One example: Warren, MI, Postmaster Dennis Kennedy, who serves as a Detroit District CFC coordinator, visited postal facilities throughout the district to deliver CFC talks.
“Postal employees have big hearts when giving back to the community,” Kennedy said. “I know the donations will make significant changes in the lives of others.”
The CFC Blue and LiteBlue pages have guidelines on contributing to the campaign, including contact information for national and local campaign managers.
Lunar New Year
USPS issues Year of the Dog stamp
The Year of the Dog stamp shows an arrangement of “lucky” bamboo.
The Postal Service released its Year of the Dog stamp Jan. 11. The stamp is the 11th entry in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.
The Lunar New Year, the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world, is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage.
The Year of the Dog stamp illustration depicts an arrangement of “lucky” bamboo.
On the right of the stamp is lozenge-shaped red paper with the Chinese character fu, meaning good fortune, rendered in calligraphy — a common decoration on doors and entryways during Lunar New Year festivities.
Art Director Ethel Kessler worked on the stamp series with illustrator Kam Mak, a Hong Kong-born artist who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown.
The dog is the 11th of 12 zodiac animal signs associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Dog begins Feb. 16.
USPS is issuing the Year of the Dog stamp in souvenir sheets of 12. The stamps are available at Post Offices and usps.com.
Need to know
Hazmat, Informed Delivery reminders
Mailpieces marked “Exempt Human Specimens” should be handled appropriately for the mail class and product.
Hazardous materials. USPS is reminding employees about the proper handling of packages that contain exempt human or animal specimens, including samples transported for routine testing of noninfectious diseases, as well as drug, alcohol, cholesterol and pregnancy testing.
Mailpieces marked “Exempt Human Specimens” should be handled appropriately for the mail class and product. No special handling or hazardous materials handling is required if all packaging requirements in Publication 52, Section 346.326, are met.
The Postal Inspection Service has prepared a stand-up talk that managers and supervisors can deliver to employees to educate them about the handling requirements.
The stand-up talk, Hazardous Materials: Proper Handling of Exempt Human Specimen Packages, is available on pages 14-15 in a series of talks posted on Blue.
Stay informed. Employees can sign up for Informed Delivery, a free feature that provides users with digital previews of their incoming mail, at informeddelivery.usps.com. Sign-up is voluntary and must be completed off the clock.
In Los Angeles, Greenmead Station Manager Jorge Alvarez, dressed as Santa Claus, greets Customer Service Operations Manager Marci Luna and Customer Services Supervisor Adela Silber during an Operation Santa kickoff event last month.
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b) Los Angeles
c) New York City
d) San Diego
5. Under the Hatch Act, if you reply to a Facebook post in support of a political candidate on your day off, can you mention that you’re a Postal Service employee in the reply?
a) Yes, because federal employees can comment on social media posts.
b) Yes, because you are using social media to engage in political activity while off the clock.
c) No, because you are identifying yourself as a federal employee while engaging in political activity.
d) No, because federal employees cannot engage in political activity.
Answers: 1) a. 2) c. 3) c. 4) c. 5) c.
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