Go get ’em, Tiger

The Postal Service dedicated the newest stamp in its Lunar New Year series, Year of the Tiger, on Jan. 20 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York.

“The Lunar New Year celebration fits squarely within America’s great cultural traditions,” said Ronald A. Stroman, a member of the USPS Board of Governors and one of the speakers at the ceremony.

“It is a time to prepare for a fresh start while honoring the past. … It is an occasion to welcome good luck and prosperity.”

Other speakers included Anne del Castillo, commissioner of the city’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, vice president for global artistic programs and director of the Asia Society Museum.

“Lunar New Year is a time when Asians and Asian Americans honor their cultural heritage and traditions, and this stamp series celebrates their … influence on U.S. history and culture,” del Castillo said.

The Lunar New Year arrives with the second new moon after the winter solstice. This year, that is Feb. 1.

Parades, feasts and gift exchanges mark the occasion, with festivities culminating two weeks later with the arrival of the full moon. A Lantern Festival serves as the finale.

The Year of the Tiger stamp, available at Post Offices and usps.com, is the third entry in the current Lunar New Year series, which was introduced in 2020.

The Postal Service’s first Lunar New Year stamp series began in 1992, and the second in 2008. With 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, each series runs for 12 years.

The artwork in the current series is based on three-dimensional masks created by artist Camille Chew, which are themselves based on traditional folk art crafts associated with the holiday. Antonio Alcalá served as art director.

From this day forward

The Postal Service wants employees to remember to properly process items sent through Premium Forwarding Service Commercial (PFSC), which is designed for business customers.

PFSC allows commercial customers to temporarily forward mail in bulk from a PO Box or a business street address to a new domestic business address.

The mail is sent by Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail and can be forwarded on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Customers also receive email notifications with USPS tracking numbers.

Employees should process PFSC requests in a timely manner.

For instance, PFSC mail must not be held at the processing unit. Instead, the mail must be processed based on the customer’s requested forwarding frequency.

Also, each time a PFSC label is printed in My Post Office, the customer’s payment account is charged. Labels cannot be canceled in My Post Office or by headquarters, so check for mail before printing labels.

The PFSC Blue page has more information.

Pre-retirement webinar

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar on preparing for retirement.

The session, “Retirement 101,” will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, at noon EST.

An Aetna representative will conduct the webinar, which will cover how retirement benefits work, including tools and resources to help employees plan changes.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. Following the session, every registrant will receive an email with a link to a recording of the webinar.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

The Financial Wellness LiteBlue page also has retirement planning information.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.

In the know

Want to stay on top of the latest Postal Service news? Link mobile can help.

The mobile-friendly version of the Link website offers news reports, feature stories and informational videos, including coverage of Delivering for America, the organization’s new 10-year plan, and the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

The site is particularly helpful to craft employees and others who don’t have regular access to postal computers but want to stay informed.

Link mobile covers other postal news, too, including updates on labor contracts, new products and services, and benefits changes.

To read the site, go to www.usps.link, where you can also subscribe to weekly emails with the latest Link highlights.