Essential services

The Postal Service is reminding employees and contractors that they are exempt from curfew orders and other travel restrictions issued by state and local governments due to recent civil unrest and the coronavirus pandemic.

The organization is working with federal, state and local authorities to ensure the safety of employees and customers as operations continue during these emergencies.

USPS has provided employees and contractors with an “essential service provider letter” to carry as they perform their duties and travel to and from work. The letter explains that postal employees are providing an essential service for the federal government.

The Postal Service is advising employees and contractors to:

• Carry a Postal Service-issued identification badge and the essential service provider letter whenever they travel

• Show the postal ID and letter if stopped by law enforcement officers enforcing travel restrictions

• Explain the nature of their work for the Postal Service and the reason they’re traveling, including whether they’re commuting to or from work or traveling during their workday

Employees and contractors who have not received the letter should contact their manager or supervisor.

Employees and contractors should also carry their supervisor’s name, number and email address in case authorities need additional information.

USPS managers and supervisors are delivering a stand-up talk this week to remind employees of the importance of the essential service provider letters.

The stand-up talk, letters and other materials are available on the COVID-19 Blue page.

Additional resources to help educate employees about the pandemic and the Postal Service’s response are available on the COVID-19 LiteBlue page.

Acting VP announced

Dane Coleman has been appointed Northeast Area’s acting vice president, effective June 13.

The area has more than 30 plants; 4,000 delivery and retail units; and approximately 90,000 employees. The area includes New England, parts of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Coleman, a 33-year Postal Service employee, is Northeast Area’s operations support manager. His previous executive assignments include Baltimore District manager; Philadelphia Network Distribution Center acting plant manager; operations integration and support manager at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC; and acting chief of staff for Chief Operating Officer David Williams.

Coleman joined the Postal Service in 1986 as a distribution clerk in Easton, MD.

He is a recipient of a 2018 National Engagement Leader of the Year Award.

Eric Chavez, the current Northeast Area vice president, will retire June 30 after 35 years with USPS.