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Here comes the sun

Spring brings optimism, energy

Nick Paron, center, addresses the audience after being sworn in as the Glendale, AZ, postmaster. Behind him are Arizona-New Mexico District Manager John Morgan and JoLea Quintana, the district’s acting operations integration manager.

On April 6, President Joe Biden signed the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 into law.

The long-sought legislation eliminated the organization’s burdensome retiree health benefit prefunding requirement and integrates the USPS retiree health benefit program with Medicare in a manner that is consistent with private sector best practices.

In May, the National Postal Forum convened in Phoenix for its first in-person conference since 2019.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy shared his vision of the future in his keynote address.

“We see a proud Postal Service organization, operating with precision, covering its costs and planning its future,” DeJoy said.

Spring also brought initiatives that spotlighted the importance of several specialized ranks in the workforce.

There was a nationwide effort to raise the profile of postmasters in their communities; a hiring initiative to fill 2,800 Executive and Administrative Schedule Level 17 supervisory positions; and the first symposium specifically for plant managers.

With summer just around the corner, it was time to play.

Coming next: Link’s four-part review of 2022 continues Dec. 28 with a look back at summer happenings.