Still selling

The Postal Service has resumed selling the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp.

All Post Offices, stations, branches and contract postal units have been reauthorized to begin selling the stamps and related products again. The stamps will also be sold through Stamp Fulfillment Services and

The stamps, which feature an Amur tiger cub, were first released in 2011 and have raised more than $5 million.

Proceeds from the sale of these stamps are transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support multinational species conservation funds, including the African Elephant Conservation Fund, the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, the Great Ape Conservation Fund, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund and the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund.

The stamps had been withdrawn from sale at the end of 2018 and were held until legislation reauthorizing their sale was signed into law, which happened in late December.

The same legislation also authorizes the continued sale of the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp through Dec. 31, 2027.

The Breast Cancer Research stamp was first issued in 1998 and has raised almost $90 million.

Proceeds from these stamp sales are divided between the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

Price changes

The Postal Service has released a video that lists the price changes that took effect Jan. 26.

Under the changes, Mailing Services product prices increased by approximately 1.7 percent. Shipping Services price changes vary by product.

The video, which debuted this week, lasts about 1 minute, 30 seconds.

A 2020 price change kit and other information is available on the Retail and Customer Service Operations Blue page.

Zero tolerance

The Postal Service is committed to cultivating a positive and safe work environment that’s free of threats, intimidation, bullying and violence for all employees.

To help fulfill this commitment, a threat assessment team is available to respond to threats, assaults and potential violence at all USPS locations. These teams are located at district and area offices and USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Team members are trained to assess the danger or harm of threats, whether implied or direct. The goals are to reduce risks to employees and the Postal Service, discourage inappropriate behavior and resolve conflicts.

If you’ve been threatened or believe you’re in a potentially unsafe situation that involves a co-worker, contractor, customer or management — or if you’re experiencing a domestic violence situation that could pose a threat in the workplace — notify your immediate supervisor, the local threat assessment team and the Postal Inspection Service.

The zero tolerance policy and reporting procedures are distributed by every district, area and headquarters office by the end of March each year at all USPS locations.

All facilities must permanently post the policy on bulletin boards and other prominent locations. The Postal Service wants all managers and supervisors to deliver a stand-up talk to employees to ensure they know how to contact their local threat assessment team.

The USPS social media policy states that the use of social media must abide by all postal policy concerning appropriate conduct and threats of violence in the workplace.

Report emergency situations to the Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 or call 911. The Postal Inspection Service number is monitored 24/7.

News Briefs

Employee deals update

Employee deals update. Postal Service employees can further their education through the organization’s partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, which now includes access to the school’s College for America program.

The university’s program offers specialized degrees that are designed to meet the needs of the USPS front-line workforce with approachable, competency-based learning.

The current term started Jan. 6 for undergraduate programs. Graduate programs began Jan. 20.

The Employee Deals LiteBlue page has more information on this program and others available to USPS employees.

Racing report. Central Plains District is still leading the Race for a $Billion campaign.

The district, part of Western Area, has generated $24.7 million in estimated annualized revenue since the new fiscal year began last fall, according to a report posted Jan. 23. The other districts in the top five are San Diego ($15.4 million), Rio Grande ($9.8 million), Bay-Valley ($9.2 million) and Dallas ($9 million).

Through Race for a $Billion, a campaign organized by the Small Business Sales team, USPS is encouraging employees to submit leads through the Customer Connect, Clerks Care, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead programs.

The goal is to raise $1 billion in estimated annualized revenue before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

The Sales Blue page has the latest ranking of all 67 USPS districts in the campaign, as well as more information about each lead generation program, including instructions on participating.

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