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Want a copy of the Postal Service’s 2019 payroll schedule?

The calendar images that accompany this article show the 26 paycheck dates for USPS employees. Every month this year has two pay dates, except for May and November, which have three each.

To print the calendars, click each image below, then select “Download” under the caption. You can save the images to your computer and print them.

The Accounting Blue page has a calendar for fiscal 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019) that you can view or save as an Excel spreadsheet or as a PDF. In addition to listing pay dates, this calendar includes the number of each two-week pay period.

Contribution countdown

Postal Service employee highlights breast cancer awareness

Time is running out to make a charitable donation to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) before the Friday, Jan. 11, deadline.

Postal Service employees across the nation are working to raise awareness of CFC member charities and encourage co-workers to make donations and help USPS “finish strong,” the theme of the final push.

“Through your contributions, you are helping organizations show those in need that they are not alone,” said Kathleen Harper, a human resources program and policy analyst who oversees the Postal Service’s CFC efforts.

The CFC is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. Employees can make donations to more than 8,000 member charities.

USPS wants to raise $6.4 million for the CFC during this cycle, topping the $6.1 million raised last year.

Employees can use a CFC pledge form or the online giving portal to pledge volunteer hours or money to one or more of the member charities.

Individuals who pledge volunteer hours or use a non-payroll pledge option aren’t required to provide their Social Security number.

This cycle’s changes include federal retiree contributions, which are no longer restricted to one-time donations. Retirees can now make recurring pledges using retirement account deductions by going to the online giving portal or by completing a retiree pledge form.

Federal contractors can also make a one-time or recurring donation to CFC, but not with a payroll deduction.

The CFC Blue and LiteBlue pages and the KeepingPosted retiree site have additional details.

Said Harper: “The CFC contribution window is open only for a short time, but the results of what you give can last a lifetime.”

Winter wheels

Postal Service vehicle on a snow-covered street

The Postal Service wants employees to drive safely during the winter, a time of year that presents unique challenges.

Here are some tips:

• Allow yourself extra time to stop and turn. Slow down well in advance of traffic lights, traffic signs and intersections.

• Leave extra space between your vehicle and other traffic. Reduce speed and increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

• If you must stop because of unsafe conditions, pull off the road. Get away from traffic lanes.

• Rehearse winter driving in an empty parking lot. Make your vehicle slide and skid, and practice correcting these maneuvers. Learn to stop and turn without losing control on snow and ice.

• Ensure all windows and mirrors are free of snow. Make sure your vehicle has enough washer fluid, too.

• Scan the road ahead. If there’s decreased visibility due to high snowbanks, other drivers will be forced to pull their vehicles out further into the line of traffic to see. Be prepared to act by reducing your speed.

• Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts can reduce the risk of crash injuries.

The Safety Blue page has additional on-the-job tips, including Safety Depends on Me videos on avoiding distracted driving and preventing roll-away and runaway accidents.

News quiz

Racks containing mail

Here’s Link’s latest “News quiz,” a weekly feature that invites readers to test their knowledge of recent stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. True or false: Failure to comply with Surface Visibility scanning procedures will undermine data provided by the new Mail Condition Visualization module.

a) True
b) False

2. Which 2017 stamp will be available in coils of 100, beginning Jan. 27?

a) Barn Swallow
b) California Dogface
c) Celebrating African American History and Culture
d) Uncle Sam’s Hat

3. Fill in the blank: Last week, USPS employees joined Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan when she rang the closing bell at the (blank).

a) Chicago Stock Exchange
b) Miami International Securities Exchange
c) Nasdaq
d) New York Stock Exchange

4. Who marked 60 years as a postal employee in December?

a) Chicago Retail Associate Crystal Flynn
b) New York City Letter Carrier Anthony Puccio
c) West Point, GA, Rural Carrier Zene Vanleeuwen
d) Newark, NJ, Mail Handler Charles Williams

5. Match the congressional lawmaker in Column A with the year she was honored on a stamp in Column B.

Column A
a) Sen. Hattie Caraway
b) Rep. Shirley Chisholm
c) Rep. Barbara Jordan
d) Sen. Margaret Chase Smith

Column B
I) 2001
II) 2007
III) 2011
IV) 2014

Answers: 1) a. 2) d. 3) c. 4) b. 5) a. I., b. IV., c. III., d. II.

Look for a new quiz next week and share your feedback with Link at uspslink@usps.gov.