Western trail

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy made stops in Nevada and California recently, speaking at industry gatherings and meeting with employees at several work sites.

He addressed multiple topics during the visits, including efforts to construct modern, streamlined facilities to improve the movement of mail and packages; ongoing investments in postal infrastructure; and the conversion of precareer employees to career status.

The tour began in Nevada, where DeJoy spoke at the Printing United Expo in Las Vegas and at a USPS employee meeting in Henderson.

Visits to Henderson’s Valle Verde and Seven Hills stations, as well as the mail processing annex and processing and distribution center in Las Vegas, rounded out that trip.

While in California, DeJoy toured processing and distribution centers in Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco. He also visited San Francisco’s Napoleon station and Willow Glenn station in San Jose.

A tour of the network distribution center in Richmond was also on the itinerary, as was a visit with executive and administrative employees in San Francisco.

“The Postal Service is making steady progress in our work to become a high-performing organization,” DeJoy said. “I appreciated the opportunity to meet with our employees and customers and update them on our Delivering for America plan, as well as to hear their ideas on how we can continue to build on our success.”

Steady procession

Jesse Moore joined what was then called the Post Office Department on Nov. 20, 1962.

He had just left the U.S. Air Force, where he says he spent a lot of time on kitchen patrol and mess hall duty.

In comparison, “Postal work was an easy choice,” said Moore, a mail processing clerk.

During his 60-year postal career, mail processing has certainly changed. But according to Moore, “It’s no big deal: Just roll with the punches and don’t let it bother you.”

During a recent ceremony at the South Jersey Processing and Distribution Center, Moore received an engraved clock, a model of a vintage USPS 1971 delivery Jeep, an organizational cap, a T-shirt and a VIP parking spot.

Said Moore: “I’m proud to work for USPS because I’ve received many awards for my services, and it makes me feel very much appreciated and respected.”

Video prompt

A new video reminds Postal Service employees of the importance of the open season benefits enrollment period.

 

The video — “2022 Open Season,” available on LiteBlue  notes that employees’ circumstances may change from year to year.

 

For example, some employees may want to add a dependent to their plan, while others may determine they no longer need a family plan and want to consider another option.

 

The video also explains that employees can go to the Open Season LiteBlue page to review their health plan options.

 

Changes to health plans can be made through PostalEASE, which is accessible through LiteBlue, Blue and the self-serve kiosks available in some USPS facilities.

 

Open season ends Monday, Dec. 12.