Bright and beautiful

The Postal Service has announced the following additional stamp releases for 2022:

  • Charles M. Schulz, saluting the centennial of the comics genius behind “Peanuts”;
  • James Webb Space Telescope, a celebration of the largest, most complex NASA telescope to ever be deployed;
  • Snowy Beauty, hand-sketched designs of colorful blooms wearing the gleaming white accents of a late-winter snow;
  • Hanukkah, a vibrant graphic image of a fully lighted hanukkiah, the nine-branch menorah used only during Hanukkah;
  • Kwanzaa, depicting a lighted seven-branch candelabrum, known as kinara, between a girl and boy in ceremonial robes;
  • Virgin and Child, an image of an oil painting from a 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist; and
  • Holiday Elves, a playful set of stamps showing elves hard at work monitoring a present-laden conveyor belt in a snow-covered forest.

All are Forever stamps and will always be equivalent to the price of a First-Class Mail 1-ounce stamp. The release dates have yet to be announced.

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It’s better safe

Warren, MI Post Office employees recently pledged to maintain a safe working environment and to avoid injuries while delivering mail.

Many of the employees took a similar safety pledge in 2019.

However, with nearly one third of the employees newly hired — including 75 who were hired within the last year — the time was right to renew the safety commitment with management and labor, said Kristine McCann, the officer in charge.

“I want us all to be engaged in safety,” she said.

John Syacsure, the National Association of Letter Carriers local branch president and union steward, credited management for providing carriers with safety equipment such as winter weather cleats for steady walking on snow and ice.

“We stress with our newly hired employees that everything they do starts with safety,” he said.

Fostering a culture of safety is one of the Postal Service’s priorities and a tenet of Delivering for America, the organization’s 10-year plan.

Victoria Davis, a recently hired city carrier assistant, was among the Michigan employees who took the safety pledge to heart.

“I want to avoid an injury. I’m a new employee and want to have a career with the Postal Service,” she said.

Celebrate Diversity Month

The Postal Service’s Celebrate Diversity Month virtual fair will conclude May 12.

The fair, which began April 12, allows participants to roam “halls” and enter “booths” dedicated to the ways we are different.

These include booths devoted to race, ethnicity and gender. Other topics include neurodiversity; health, military and veterans; indigenous groups and folklore; generational cohorts; and sports, leisure and hobbies.

A networking lounge allows users to meet the most recent Employee Engagement Leader of the Year Award recipients and national finalists, and learn more about the Postal Service’s 363 certified engaged teams.

All USPS employees are invited to attend by going to the USPS Celebrate Diversity Virtual Fair website.

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

For more information, email the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team at ASKDI@usps.gov.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.93 percent during the week ending April 29, down 0.17 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected May 4.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.79 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.58 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Washington, part of WestPac Area, ranked first with a 97.94 percent rating, while New Jersey, part of Atlantic Area, ranked last with a 94.29 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From April 1-22, the Postal Service delivered 93.4 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 94.9 percent of Marketing Mail and 87 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

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