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Monday, April 1, 2024

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USPS is committed to cultivating safe work environments for all employees.

Cultivating safe workplaces

USPS reminds employees of zero-tolerance policy

The Postal Service is reminding employees that it has a zero-tolerance policy regarding workplace threats and violence.

The organization is committed to cultivating a positive and safe work environment that’s free of threats, intimidation, bullying and violence for all employees.

To help fulfill this commitment, a threat assessment team is available to respond to threats, assaults and potential violence at all postal locations. These teams are located at district and area offices and USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Team members are trained to assess the potential of danger or harm, whether implied or direct. The goals are to reduce risks to employees and the Postal Service, discourage inappropriate behavior and resolve conflicts.

Employees who’ve been threatened or believe they’re in a potentially unsafe situation that involves a co-worker, contractor, customer or management — or employees who are experiencing a domestic violence situation that could pose a threat in the workplace — should notify their immediate supervisor, the local threat assessment team and the Postal Inspection Service.

The zero-tolerance policy and reporting procedures are distributed by every district, area and headquarters by the end of March each year at all USPS locations.

All facilities must permanently post the policy on bulletin boards and in other prominent locations. The Postal Service wants all managers and supervisors to deliver a mandatory stand-up talk to employees to ensure they know how to contact their local threat assessment team.

The USPS social media policy stipulates that the use of social media must abide by all postal policy concerning appropriate conduct and threats of violence in the workplace.

Employees should report emergency situations to the Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 or call 911. The Inspection Service number is monitored 24/7.

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Escalon, CA, Retail Associate Juan Carlos Aviles

Catch of the day

This employee revived a woozy customer who had stopped breathing

Retail Associate Juan Carlos Aviles was recently working at the Escalon, CA, Post Office when he saw a customer clutch the counter suddenly.

The 86-year-old man attempted to steady himself but started to fall backward. The Postal Service employee rushed from behind the counter and caught him as he lost balance.

Co-workers called 911 as Aviles administered CPR to the customer, who had stopped breathing. The retail associate revived the man before paramedics arrived.

The customer declined further treatment but was given a ride home in an ambulance.

Employees featured in “Heroes” receive letters of commendation through the Postmaster General Heroes’ Program. The nomination form is available on Blue.

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Several stamps have honored American comedy — and comedians — through the years.

The joke’s on us

The jesters, comedians and funny classics USPS has honored with stamps

April Fool’s Day is a good time to revisit the funnymen and -women who have enlivened postage stamps over the years.

In 1991, USPS released Comedians, a set of five 29-cent stamps featuring some all-time greats rendered in caricatures by Al Hirschfeld — himself no slouch in the humor department.

The set spotlighted Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, and Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy.

The Comedians stamps were dedicated at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. The Margo Feiden Gallery in New York City, which represented Hirschfeld, was declared a branch of the Post Office during a three-day celebration the next week, according to The New York Times.

“This tickles me tremendously,” Margo Feiden told the Times. “Not only will Hirschfeld be tasteful, but he will be one of the most tasted artists in the United States.”

USPS also honored other comics of the early to mid-20th century: W.C. Fields with a 15-cent stamp in 1980, Lucille Ball with a 34-cent release in 2001, and Bob Hope with a 44-cent release in 2009.

Two funnymen even appeared twice on stamps: Charlie Chaplin in 1994 and 1998, and humorist Will Rogers in 1948 and 1979.

In 2009, the Postal Service released Early TV Memories, a set of 20 stamps honoring the Golden Age of Television. Among the shows spotlighted were “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,” “The Honeymooners,” “Howdy Doody,” “I Love Lucy,” “The Phil Silvers Show,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx, and “Texaco Star Theater” with Milton Berle.

The Early TV Memories stamps were also dedicated in Los Angeles. Carl Reiner emceed and “kept the program running,” but it was Lassie, a stamp subject who came out of retirement for the event, who stole the show, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Philip Moon, an Amarillo, TX, letter carrier, and Brian Renfroe, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, speak during this week’s awards ceremony.
Week in Review

Here’s what Link covered March 24-30

Charitable contributions, manatees and heroic employees made news

Last week, Link reported USPS employees pledged $2.8 million during the Combined Federal Campaign that ended Jan. 15.

Including the monetary value of more than 2,100 volunteer hours pledged, the total USPS contribution was $2.85 million.

“Every year, Postal Service employees come through for the Combined Federal Campaign — and the 2023-24 campaign was no exception,” said Myriam Irizarry, a USPS program and policy analyst who serves as the campaign manager for headquarters employees.

The amount pledged was roughly on par with the $2.9 million raised in the 2022-23 campaign.

We also covered the dedication ceremony for Save Manatees, a stamp that aims to raise awareness of the threats posed to the beloved marine mammal.

Link also went “On the Job” with Tomasz Drzal, a Hicksville, NY, letter carrier, and “Off the Clock” with Don Doheny, an Easton, MD, distribution operations manager who enjoys painting in his spare time.

Additionally, we introduced you to several employees who were honored by the National Association of Letter Carriers for their on-the-job heroism.

The top honoree, Philip Moon, an Amarillo, TX, letter carrier, saved a customer who was being attacked by a dog.

“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Moon said. “I’m just very grateful, honored and thankful that I was in a place where I could be of some assistance to somebody in need.”

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