‘Exceptional contributions’

USPS Northeast Area Vice President Edward F. Phelan Jr.

Northeast Area Vice President Edward F. Phelan Jr. will retire Feb. 3 after 39 years with USPS.

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, who announced Phelan’s retirement in a memo this week, praised his “exceptional contributions” to the organization.

“He has been a highly effective postal executive, and an excellent colleague and mentor to those who have had the opportunity to work with him. I owe him a personal debt of gratitude for his service, commitment to our organization, our employees, and customers,” Brennan wrote.

Phelan has led Northeast Area since 2016, overseeing all postal operations and approximately 90,000 employees who work in New England, parts of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

His tenure included leading the efforts to restore mail delivery after Irma and Maria, back-to-back hurricanes that struck the Caribbean in 2017.

Previously, Phelan served as delivery operations vice president, where he was instrumental in testing and developing same-day and Sunday package deliveries, as well as efforts to improve productivity and fleet management.

His other appointments included managing Albany and Connecticut Valley districts and serving as Postmaster in Syracuse, NY, where he and his family live and where he began his career in 1979 as a distribution clerk.

Still open

Combined Federal Campaign event at USPS headquarters

You have more time to show some love.

The deadline for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the federal government’s annual workplace charity drive, has been extended to Friday, Feb. 8.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which oversees the campaign, is giving federal workers more time to contribute due to the government shutdown. The CFC was slated to conclude last week.

Postal Service employees can still submit a paper pledge to a CFC keyworker or go to the CFC online giving portal to pledge their money or time to more than 8,000 member charities.

“We have a second chance to make a difference in the lives of people in our community and throughout the world,” said Kathleen Harper, a human resources program and policy analyst who oversees the Postal Service’s CFC efforts.

Employees with questions should contact their local CFC keyworkers or campaign managers.

The CFC Blue and LiteBlue pages have more information on the campaign, including employee and retiree pledge forms.

Winter wear

A Postal Service letter carrier walking through the snow

The Postal Service wants employees to dress warmly when working outside this winter.

Here are some tips:

• Layer up. Each layer provides insulation and acts as a barrier from the cold to help retain body heat. Avoid pure cotton, linen or similar materials because they retain moisture and can cause you to become colder.

• Protect your extremities. Wrap a scarf around your neck and pull it over your mouth and nose to guard against cold air. Wearing a winter hat can protect your ears and head, while gloves or mittens can keep your hands warm.

• Stay dry. Adding a knit sweater or sweatshirt and a waterproof or water-resistant top coat, hat and shoes will help ensure you stay warm and dry.

Employees should always dress appropriately for the weather and notify their supervisors immediately if they experience any weather-related issues.

The Safety Blue page has additional on-the-job tips.

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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: Increasing the number of Informed Delivery subscribers will encourage more businesses to add interactive content to Informed Delivery emails, thereby boosting USPS revenue and the value of mail.

a) True
b) False

2. Ellenton, FL, Retail Associate Heather Wise always keeps a brochure handy to help promote which product or service?

a) Every Door Direct Mail
b) Click-N-Ship
c) Informed Delivery
d) Priority Mail

3. Who led the Hearts Blossom stamp dedication ceremony in San Juan, PR?

a) Network Operations Vice President Robert Cintron
b) Delivery Operations Vice President Kevin McAdams
c) Northeast Area Vice President Edward Phelan Jr.
d) Facilities Vice President Tom Samra

4. Fill in the blank: Alfredo Rodriguez is customer services manager at Port Richmond Station in (blank).

a) The Bronx, NY
b) Brooklyn, NY
c) Queens, NY
d) Staten Island, NY

5. When did Martin Luther King Jr. receive the Nobel Peace Prize?

a) 1964
b) 1965
c) 1966
d) 1967

Answers: 1) a. 2) a. 3) a. 4) d. 5) a.

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