High-level performance

USPS has released Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s latest video update for employees.

Among the topics addressed: preparations for the holiday mailing and shipping season, the Postal Service’s new organizational structure, the response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and efforts to deliver election-related mail.

“Based on the great work being done now, we should all be confident that we will continue to perform at a high level throughout the election season,” DeJoy says.

The video, released Oct. 19, is available on Link and other postal websites and will be shown to employees throughout the organization this week.

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Your choice

The Postal Service wants employees to avoid choosing the audio option in Zoom that costs additional money.

If you select the “Call Me” feature before connecting to a meeting and then choose the “United States of America” option, the Postal Service incurs a charge.

The following Zoom audio connection choices do not cost the Postal Service extra money and should be used instead:

• Using your computer’s audio. Select the “Join with Computer Audio” blue button when prompted before connecting to the meeting.

• Using your phone to call in. The phone number options for the meeting are displayed under the “Phone Call” tab before you are connected to the meeting.

• Using the “Internal number” option on the “Call Me” feature. Before entering the meeting, select the “Call Me” tab, choose the “Internal number” option and then enter your phone number.

The Zoom Blue page has more information about the platform.

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Fade out

The Postal Service wants employees to know that they are prohibited from showing prerecorded films or movie clips at USPS facilities because of trademark and other legal restrictions.

Prerecorded movies include motion pictures stored on VHS cassettes, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and storage devices (such as computers, tablets and smartphones), as well as movies accessed on Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and other streaming services.

Similarly, movies stored on other online services or accessed through YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other websites are also prohibited.

Additionally, prerecorded movies or movie clips can’t be:

  • Shown to customers in a Post Office lobby
  • Shown in a break room in postal facilities or other space controlled by USPS
  • Shown at events and conferences, including “movie nights”
  • Included in postal training or training materials

The prohibition on the display of prerecorded films does not apply to films produced, published or owned by the Postal Service. This includes any video available on the official USPS YouTube channel, Blue or HERO.

Postal Service employees and the public may view broadcast programs — including movies — on televisions sized for home use, but not on large-screens TVs, like those used in bars and restaurants.

Employees are also permitted to privately watch pre-recorded movies on their personal devices during approved break time.

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Our Lady of Guápulo

Our Lady of Guápulo, this year’s religious-themed Christmas stamp, will be released Oct. 20.

The stamp features a detail of “Our Lady of Guápulo,” which was painted in the 18th century by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru.

The painting shows the Virgin Mary — wearing a crown, enrobed in a pyramidal gown speckled with jewels and holding a scepter woven with roses and leaves — looking down at a similarly adorned Christ Child in her left arm. A red rosary ropes across the center of her dress and down to her right.

The painting is from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Greg Breeding, a USPS art director, designed the stamp, which will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.

Our Lady of Guápulo will be one of several holiday stamp releases this year, along with Holiday Delights, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Winter Scenes.

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