Paydays

2020 calendar

Want to know when you’ll be paid this year?

The calendar image that accompanies this article shows the 26 paycheck dates for Postal Service employees. Every month this year will have two paydays, except for May and October, which will have three each.

To print the calendar, click the image, then select “Download” under the caption. You can save the image to your computer and print it.

The Accounting Blue page has a calendar for fiscal year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020) 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.

New year, new look

Eric Maramba has a new look for 2020.

The Gardena, CA, letter carrier recently traded in his satchel and joined the Postal Police, which patrols USPS premises to prevent loss or damage to mail and postal assets.

“I liked being a carrier,” said Maramba, who joined USPS in 2013. “Once I knew what to do, it wasn’t hard, just demanding.”

Maramba was later promoted to an on-the-job instructor position to help new city carrier assistants learn the job.

However, a chance encounter inspired Maramba to consider a new career.

“One day, the Postal Police came to Gardena. I asked them how to become an officer. They gave me information and told me to watch for announcements on eCareer,” he said.

When the Postal Inspection Service accepted applications for Postal Police officers last year, Maramba immediately applied.

“He just came up to me and said he was going for it,” said Gardena Customer Services Supervisor Maria Villanueva.

Officer Maramba graduated from the Postal Police Academy in November. Before beginning his new job, his colleagues in Gardena threw him a party that was attended by some special guests.

“He spent time training and mentoring the new CCAs [so they] paid their respects and gave him thanks during the party,” said Villanueva.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Postal employee sorts mail at a plant.

Same time, next year. Link’s first scanning snapshot of 2020 looks a lot like the last snapshot of 2019.

The data shows the national score for the week ending Dec. 27 was 97.6 percent, down from 97.78 percent during the week ending Dec. 20.

The top three areas last week were Great Lakes (97.94 percent), Western (97.87 percent) and Northeast (97.79 percent) — just like the previous week, although each area’s average score dipped.

Similarly, the top three districts were Dakotas (98.93 percent), Central Plains (98.39 percent) and Greater Michigan (98.31 percent). These districts also dominated the rankings during the week ending Dec. 20, although the average scores were lower here, too.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.”

Safety first. Postal Bulletin’s first edition of 2020 features winter safety tips, Domestic Mail Manual revisions on cremated remains and pull-out information for invalid USPS corporate account numbers, among other highlights.

Ringing in the new. Northeast Area Vice President Eric Chavez was joined by several Postal Service employees during a ceremony to ring the opening bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York City on Christmas Eve.

The group included employees who performed heroic acts during 2019, as well as employees who marked milestones during the year and those involved with Operation Santa, the annual program that allows customers to grant the holiday wishes of those in need.

Got news? Email your submissions to uspslink@usps.gov.

Philatelic first

Stamp collage

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that tests your recall of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Which of these stamps is slated to be the first released by USPS in 2020?

a) Big Bend
b) Black Heritage: Gwen Ifill
c) Grand Island Ice Caves
d) Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat

2. Which two months will have three pay dates for USPS employees in 2020?

a) March, August
b) April, September
c) May, October
d) June, November

3. Approximately how many total subscribers does Informed Delivery have?

a) More than 1 million
b) More than 10 million
c) More than 20 million
d) More than 40 million

4. Which Michigan-based postal employee recently received a medal of recognition for his military service during Desert Storm?

a) Grand Rapids Tool and Parts Clerk Brad Albright
b) Grand Rapids Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor Marty Mieras Jr.
c) Gowen Postmaster Mike Poll
d) None of the above

5. When did USPS release a stamp commemorating the Montgomery Bus Boycott?

a) 1979
b) 1999
c) 2005
d) 2013

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