Postal pride

In his first letter to USPS employees, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy expresses his pride in their service to the American people and his eagerness to work with them to secure the organization’s future.

“I commit to working with you to create a long-term, viable operating model for the Postal Service that will ensure the organization can fulfill its public service mission in a financially sustainable manner,” DeJoy writes. “America wants and deserves a financially strong Postal Service that can invest in the future and adapt to the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead. Together, we will put the Postal Service on a successful trajectory for generations to come.”

DeJoy, who in June became the nation’s 75th Postmaster General, also discusses employees’ “amazing response” to the coronavirus pandemic, which he says “demonstrates the indispensable role of our organization in the life of the nation and helped us earn a deeper level of trust and support from the public.”

The Postmaster General also discusses his career, including more than 35 years growing and managing a nationwide logistics company.

“We were successful as a business by delivering value to those we served and by continually earning the loyalty of our customers. These are also fundamental attributes of the Postal Service,” he writes.

USPS mailed the letter to employees’ homes last week.

DeJoy previously addressed employees in an all-employee video message that was distributed throughout the organization during his first week.

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American ingenuity

The Postal Service will release stamps this year that celebrate the American spirit of innovation.

The Innovation stamps will feature five designs, each representing an area where U.S. scientists and engineers have made significant contributions: computing, biomedicine, genome sequencing, robotics and solar technology.

Antonio Alcalá, a USPS art director, designed the Forever stamps, choosing a detail of an existing photograph for each.

The Postal Service announced the stamps this week.

Additional details, including the date that the 20-stamp pane will be available, will be announced soon. All images are subject to change prior to printing.

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Drug safety

The Postal Service is joining with the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency to make sure employees know how to safely dispose of their prescription medications.

If no disposal instructions are provided on the prescription drug label and no prescription drug take-back program is available in your area, then follow these steps to throw the drugs in the household trash:

• Remove the medicine from its original container. Mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, to make it less appealing to children or pets.

• Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty bag or other container. This will prevent medicine from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.

Don’t flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless the prescription drug label or patient information that accompanied the medicine instructs you to do so.

Some communities prohibit flushing of medications, so check before discarding medications in the sink or toilet.

After disposing of medications, scratch out all identifying information on the label. This will protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.

Remember: Do not share your leftover prescription drugs with others — they were prescribed to you.

A recent Postal Service stand-up talk, available on the Safety Toolkit website, highlights these and other tips.

More information about disposing unused medication is available on the Food and Drug Administration website.

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Facing facts

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. True or false: Any USPS employee who is unable to achieve social distancing in his or her workplace should wear a face covering.

a) True
b) False

2. By what percentage has USPS reduced greenhouse gas emissions from facilities, vehicles and utilities since 2008?

a) 22.4 percent
b) 53.2 percent
c) 58.2 percent
d) None of the above

3. Fill in the blank: The Postal Service currently uses automated guided vehicles at (blank) processing and distribution centers across the nation.

a) 13
b) 130
c) 13,000
d) 130,000

4. In 2017, who became the first hip-hop artist(s) to receive the Kennedy Center Honors?

a) Kurtis Blow
b) LL Cool J
c) Run-D.M.C.
d) Will Smith

5. On what date in 1776 did the Continental Congress declare the Colonies’ freedom from the British?

a) July 1
b) July 2
c) July 3
d) July 4

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

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