Superman flying into Post Offices today
The Postal Service is issuing 39-cent DC Comics Super
Heroes commemorative stamps on July 20 in San Diego,
Carl Herrman of Carlsbad, CA, designed the colorful
stamps, featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Plastic
Man, Supergirl and other familiar stars from the world of DC
Comics. The super heroes' fantastic adventures provide an
escape from the everyday while simultaneously encouraging readers to feel that individuals can make a difference.
These super stamps go on sale nationwide on July 21 in
20 designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20
All characters and related elementsTM & DC Comics.
SUPER HEROES is a jointly owned trademark.
VOE surveys mailing next week
Voice of the Employee (VOE) surveys are being mailed
out next week. If you're among the many Postal Service
employees who will receive a VOE survey this quarter,
don't forget to complete it and send it back before the deadline. The surveys help the Postal Service identify workplace
issues that need to be improved - that's good for employees and for our customers.
Let your voice be heard. Fill out your VOE survey - on
Completed VOE surveys must be received by
Scio, NY, Post Office renamed for fallen
From left, Rep. Randy Kuhl(R-NY), Scio, NY; Postmaster Karen Kania; and Jason Dunham's parents, Deb and Danny Dunham, unveil the plaque renaming the Post Office
In April 2004, Marine Corporal Jason Dunham used his
body to shield his men from an attacker's grenade in Iraq.
He died days later. To remember the sacrifice of this
22-year-old hero, Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY) introduced legislation in Congress to rename Dunham's town Post
Office in his honor. President Bush signed the bill into law in
To the almost 500 family members, friends, children and
members of the Scio, NY, community who attended the ceremony, it was obvious that Dunham's life, and ultimately his
death, made a difference to many. Nearly the entire town,
along with government representatives and fellow Marines,
attended the Scio renaming ceremony.
Shared Energy Savings will help avoid
$110 million in costs
The Postal Service, through the Shared Energy Savings
(SES) program, recently issued ten energy conservation
contracts to six companies that will receive a percentage or
"share" of the dollar savings from the projects, in return for
assuming all implementation costs. The SES suppliers will
identify, finance and install energy conservation measures
that will help USPS avoid an average of $11 million a year
in energy costs over 10 years - or a total of $110 million.
The SES suppliers in these contracts are BGA,
Chevron, ConEdison Solutions, Energy Services Group,
Honeywell and Noresco.
"The Postal Service established the SES contracting
mechanism not only to trim energy dollars, but also to
improve energy efficiency," said Supply Management VP
Susan Brownell. "This program also was designed to
produce environmental benefits and improve facility conditions for employees and customers," she added.
Associate Supervisor Program updated
The Associate Supervisor Program (ASP) is designed to
attract, select and train the best possible candidates for
first-line supervisory positions. The curriculum was recently
updated to cover current Postal Service programs and
operations. It also allows candidates to concentrate on specific job areas such as customer service, processing and
distribution or Bulk Mail Center operations.
The National Center for Employee Development hosts
national ASP sessions at its Norman, OK, campus. Selection of participants for national ASP offerings are completed
at the district level, similar to selections for local ASP offerings. On the Postal Service computer network, see the ASP
Web site at http://blue.usps.gov/hrisp/ed/asp/welcome.htm.
Contact your local ASP coordinator or Lisa Roth for more
Developing supervisors not only supports the Strategic
Transformation Plan - it helps drive USPS business
May financial results released
USPS revenues for May were 1.1%, or $67 million, over
plan, and 11.5% more than May 2005. Expenses for the
month were $114 million, or 1.9%, above plan and 7.7%
more than May 2005, resulting in a net loss of $6.2 million
before the escrow allocation. The net deficiency after the
escrow allocation is $256.2 million. For the month, there
was one more delivery and business weekday compared
with May 2005. Additionally, total mail volume for May increased by 8% compared with same period last year
Revenue through May is 3.8% higher than SPLY and
$411 million above plan, while expenses are 4.4% higher
than May 2005 and $281 million over plan. Year-to-date
(YTD) net income before escrow allocation is $1.65 billion.
However, our net deficiency after the escrow allocation is
Total YTD mail volume is 1.3 billion pieces more than
SPLY. First-Class Mail volume is 0.6% below last year.
Standard Mail and Priority Mail volume are 2.1% and 5.6%
above last year, respectively.
Full results are posted on USPS.com at
Bywater Station re-opens in New Orleans
Left to right, Letter Carrier Miguel Pickney, Retail Associate
Diane Sanchez, and Letter
Carriers Joe Wilson and Leroy
Rogers were ready for business at Bywater Station yesterday. The facility is so close
to the water that it was designed with vehicle parking on
the roof of the building.
A Post Office in one of New Orleans' most heavily damaged neighborhoods re-opened recently. Bywater Station in
the city's Ninth Ward - ZIP Code 70117 - welcomed customers and employees bright and early that morning.
Bywater is near where a levee breached, and the building was flooded with three feet of water after Hurricane Katrina. "Returning to this postal facility in the center of such
massive devastation provides tangible, visual evidence of
our ironclad commitment to the people of New Orleans,"
said New Orleans Postmaster Alan Cousin.
Another New Orleans station, Lake Forest, serving
ZIP Codes 70127 and 70128, re-opened July 3.
USPS National Emergency Hotline
Is you facility operating? Call 888-363-7462