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Labor deal

The National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) membership has ratified a new three-year labor contract with the Postal Service.

The contract covers more than 55,000 employees represented by the union.

Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, semiannual cost of living adjustments, continued operational flexibility through use of an expanded mail handler assistant workforce, and measures designed to address critical employee recruitment and retention needs.

“This agreement is fair and balanced. It addresses both parties’ bargaining objectives in a financially responsible manner and is consistent with the Delivering for America 10-year plan for a modern and financially self-sustaining Postal Service,” said Doug Tulino, deputy postmaster general and chief human resources officer.

The new agreement runs through Sept. 20, 2025.

Architectural icons

The Postal Service celebrated new Forever stamps commemorating the nation’s historic railroad stations on March 9 in Cincinnati.

“We are fortunate to be in this awe-inspiring building, the Cincinnati Union Terminal, one of the five incredible train stations to be featured in the stamp series we are dedicating today,” said Dan Tangherlini, a member of the USPS Board of Governors, who served as the dedicating official.

“This train station and the others on these stamps provide a majestic and significant history about these buildings that has led to their preservation, reactivation and reuse,” he said.

The other architecturally iconic stations are Pennsylvania’s Tamaqua Station; Point of Rocks Station in Maryland; Main Street Station in Richmond, VA; and Santa Fe Station in San Bernardino, CA. All five stations are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The United States was still in its infancy when rail transportation became feasible in the 1820s.

The first stations were built in the early 1830s, and noteworthy stations began appearing by the 1870s.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, railroads were the only practical means of traveling long distances. And, like the postal system, railroads played an essential role in growing the economy and binding the nation together.

Art direction for the stamps was provided by Derry Noyes. Down the Street Designs created the images and typography.

The Railroad Stations stamps are available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and

‘Leaf-free’ salads

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar on “leaf-free” salads for easy, stretchable meals filled with protein and fiber.

The session, “Cook Once, Eat All Week,” will be held Tuesday, March 21, at noon EDT.

Representatives from the Wellness team and GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will explore how to combine pasta, beans, vegetables and grains to create affordable meals that are great alone or as a side dish.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. After signing up, directions for accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

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

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