Investing in the future

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan led a dedication ceremony for the new Portland, OR, Processing and Distribution Center this month, surrounded by equipment that demonstrates the organization’s focus on innovation and efficiency.

Brennan praised employees’ efforts to make the plant operational and efficient during a short period of time.

“You are shaping the future of the Postal Service,” she said at the meeting, which also was attended by Western Area Vice President Gregory Graves, Portland District Manager Bill Schwartz and Sr. Plant Manager Felipe Flores.

The plant, which USPS completed building in the spring, has an approximately 700,000-square-foot workroom floor, one of the largest in the Postal Service.

The plant also has more than 1,100 employees who process and distribute mail for more than 500 Post Offices.

The facility brings together operations from three previous locations, helping USPS operate more efficiently in Portland District.

“It’s like moving to a new home. Everything is new and clean,” said Rodney Cardwell, a mail handler and 36-year employee. “The Postal Service has given us a great gift. The automation, robotics and just the cleanliness are great.”

Schwartz told employees that the facility is part of the Postal Service’s core strategy to invest in the future.

“We have a responsibility to ensure a return on the investment they have made in us and this facility,” he said.

Saluting veterans

Military Friendly Award

The Postal Service has been recognized as one of the nation’s top employers of veterans.

Viqtory, a media company that produces magazines and websites for veterans and service members, included USPS in its 2019 Military Friendly Awards.

The Postal Service received a gold-level fifth-place ranking on Viqtory’s list of the top 10 government agencies and nonprofit organizations that employ veterans.

Last year, USPS ranked seventh. In 2016, the organization received bronze-level status.

The new rankings are included in the December edition of G.I. Jobs, a Viqtory magazine.

The publication lists some postal jobs commonly filled by veterans, including automotive technician, operations manager, transportation supervisor and postal police officer. Atlanta and Jacksonville, FL, are listed as cities where veterans are often hired for postal jobs.

USPS has more than 100,000 veterans in its workforce.

The other employers listed in the government and nonprofit top 10 are Atrium Health, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Kaiser Permanente, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Northwell Health, Energy Northwest, Baylor Scott and White Health, and Amtrak.

The December edition of G.I. Jobs is available on Viqtory’s site. The lists featuring the Postal Service appear on pages 41 and 152, and a USPS ad appears on page 19.

Looking back

Joyce and Brian and Cavanaugh

Brian and Joyce Cavanaugh’s careers with the Postal Service are over, but their love is destined to last a lifetime.

The New Jersey couple retired as letter carriers on the same day in the fall. The two started their USPS careers at the Brown Mills, NJ, Post Office in the 1980s and were married in 2004.

“We were friends for a long time before we started dating,” Joyce said.

The Cavanughs have seen more than three decades of changes within the Postal Service, and Joyce points to one of the more recent developments as the most significant.

“Scanning is the biggest change I see now,” she said. “It seems like everything has a barcode on it now, and we have to … make sure we get each one.”

This kind of dedication impressed Postmaster Lori Donahue.

“Both are hard workers, dedicated and go above and beyond for the Postal Service and their customers,” she said. “They are so dependable and always here to help anybody out.”

When asked if there were any issues with working side by side for so many years, both Cavanaughs laughed.

Said Brian: “We get along really well and want to be together, so it’s pretty nice.”

Need to know

Link mobile

Mobile holidays. Peak season is peaking this week — and the Postal Service wants employees to stay informed.

If you’re on the go, you can stay up to date on the latest holiday news with Link mobile, the Link site’s mobile-friendly version.

Link mobile offers the same content you receive when you read Link on a desktop computer — including the latest news on processing, delivery and transportation — but in a format that’s easier to read on smartphones and tablets.

You can access the site at www.usps.link, where you can also subscribe to weekly emails with the latest Link highlights.

Informed holidays. The holidays are also a good time to sign up for Informed Delivery, a free feature that allows users to preview incoming greeting cards and other mail and manage their package deliveries from computers, tablets and mobile devices.

Go to informeddelivery.usps.com to subscribe, which is voluntary.

Got news for “Need to know”? Email your submissions to uspslink@usps.gov.