• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    I'd be happy to "give back $10 per paycheck" if I knew the money was actually going to be used in a proper way. As a rural carrier these people lie, cheat and steal on a yearly basis to "take back" thousands of dollars from me and most other carriers during their corrupt mail counts.
    You'll notice they didn't offer the bulk mailers any "summer sale" type discounts during a mail count. Instead they give them discounts to NOT mail during that period.
    Potters "bonuses" are more than most of us will see in a lifetime.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    postalbear.... Nice idea. However if you go back to my comments posted a half hour earlier (6:41pm) I believe you'll see I said the exact same thing.

    Nonetheless I can't believe the USPS hasn't utilized this. Then again when you look at the rest of their decisions, I guess I can believe it.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Keep the 6 day work week. Have each carrier cover 2 routes, rotating every day between the 2. T-6's would have to know 10 routes. Higher value 1st class, priority, and express mail gets delivered every day by newly appointed Special Carriers. All other mail gets delivered every other day.
    This would ensure the ability to get mail to someone every day, depending on the mail classification, and every other day to every address, non preferential and 1st class letters, second class.
    This system would make it difficult for competitors to fill in the void.
    This system could be implemented to the existing structure without major change and could easily be reverted back again if things change for the better down the road.
    You'll be eliminating 1/2 the carriers, plus retaining some as special carriers= you'll only need 2/3 our present carrier force.
    Non preferential mail will only be delayed 1 day.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    they need to cut managers we have 3 to 4 everyday WHY..7 city rtes 38 rural rtes 6 windows.we need a super for every person.clerks leave early carriers go to street so 1 morning supervisor 1 afternoon..we have 3 or 4 why oh plus postmaster that does what(NOTHING).

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Well 1st off,I believe the post office should go back under the govt..The reason for this is the post office wouldnt be pushed to profit,they would be pushed to break even..Also the govt would regulate laws so that physical mail could somehow be on the same field as e-mail{maybe charging for emails after a certain amount sent}..The post office isnt designed to be a buisness..Its designed to be a service to the people...Honestly the post office dosent have the proper set up to compete with fedex and ups..We are still contracting work to them..It would be cheaper for us to do it in-house..So here's my ideas..

    To cut costs:

    1.No More Contracting
    2.Offer better buyouts to employees
    3.Use the machines you have
    4.Stop giving out bonuses..

    To Increase Revenue

    1.Advertise about the benefits of physical mail{Espicially 1st class}..

    2.Create a new system called

    3-Day guarantee mail..

    Basically for any 1st class mail piece that wants to be arrived at a certain destination in 3 days,let them spend 44 cents+56 cents for a scan label...Remember most buisnesses use certified mail,but what about the average customer??This would make them more comfy about sending mail...

    3.Push for govt regulation on email

    Lets have a balanced playing field

    4.New pushcarts

    Stolen mail=stolen revenue and another reason for email..Also When mail gets wet,customers get mad..The pushcarts are outdated and we need 2 get with the times..

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Bingo!!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    I sent this idea in about ten years ago when you had a program asking for ideas. I would advertise on the thousands of postal trucks we have. You could have plastic signs with small frames fitted on the trucks for easy transfer.(say maybe a 2' by 3' size). Advertising Mcdonalds or Walmart for example could generate millions of dollars. You could do them by time periods (month) or regions (northeast). Get rid of the waiting period for making new stamps with famous people.
    You will lose millions by not making a Michael Jackson stamp this year. Of course there is the management problem. I would think you could eliminate 1/2 to 2/3 of the postmasters (post office and large city) and use district managers working approx. 3 offices in an area. That alone would save almost a billion a year. Considering 32,000 p.o.s the last time I heard and who knows how many city postmasters.)

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    What....you mean its not so the Postmaster get a bonus????

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    But 60% of that is management wages...not the working class!!!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Garindan is certainly getting to the gist of most of the problem. I am no longer in a Plant facility, but see similar things where I work. Their is the Postmaster..Manager of Customer Service..4 level 19's..6 Supervisors..does it really take this much to take care of 1 Main PO and 4 branches with about 120 workers? That is just insane. It would never happen in the outside world.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Last contract negotiations with the NALC, Bill Young propoed a Mon-Fri regular workforce, with a Sat workforce made up of all Temps (including retired carriers. The cost of the Sat. workforce would be reduced (no benefits at all), and Sat. delivery would be saved! Any temp. shortages in Carriers on any given Sat. could be backfilled from the Overtime Dersired List (only in emergencies) and the use of retired Carriers would utilize their experience. Another suggestion would be to give Postmasters back their authority over Plant Managers. When GMF Plant managers became equal to Delivery Postmasters; that's when the lack of co-ordination between processing and delivery began, Often the bulk mail is not properly spread amongst the light first class mail days, and often Carriers are held hostage waiting for their mail in the mornong.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    We (carriers)are told that it is a clerks job.....and not to worry about it!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Contracting out will be a "death spiral" ....unless you contract out management!!!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Typical manager.....

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    BINGO!!!!! Never will happen...makes too much $ense!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    "FIVE DAY DELIVERY IS A MUST.AFTER THIS PAST HOLIDAY (JULY 4TH)WE CAME TO WORK ON MONDAY AND ALL THE MAIL WENT OUT WITH NO DELAYING OF ANY CLASS MAIL"...
    It only took 10.5 hours to do it...and we delayed 3rd class...so what's a little over time?????? then overtime on Tuesday, Wednesday...

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Offer cash incentives, you can bet there won't be a stampede of people out the door like in '92, many are afraid to go due to declining economy. yet, others like myself will break the door down to exit. Target CSRS and the injured first, the numbers are there.

    Cut back on management and stop MDO's from hiring men and women they are sexually involved with and bring back the the ones they have detailed out the buildings into made up positions. Accept the fact that employees run the operations and have a group leader in every operation to continue doing so.

    To piggy back on the cash offers, how can there not be asvings in paying employees to leave? For each salaried craft employee a 25,000.00 incentive is like giving away a half of years salary to save on years of payroll. It is only a win win situation.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    "204B’s should supervise/count mail in the morning, and carry mail in the afternoon. 4 and 4, or maybe 3 supervising, and 5 carrying. I dont have the exact figures in front of me."....
    That would be a contract violation...but that has not stopped management from "wasting" even more money trying!!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    1. Stop Duo Deliverly Busness with a p.o. box are getting two deliverys one at p.o. box and mail addresed to the street address

    2. Bring Back The Carrier 701 Rule if you can do your route in 7 hrs. you get 8 hrs pay

    3. Offer the workers something for every dollar in customer connect they bring in I'm not got to waste my time selling if i don't get something back

    4. even the mail flow for the week vs heavy than light
    days. make the t-6 case all their routes so when the regualar come in they only would have to pull down and hit the street

    5. end sat delivery

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    The one category of mail that is projected to increase nationwide are parcels. USPS gave up on them a long time ago. Its just now starting to show some intrest with flat rate offerings and mediocre commercials. Lets go after this market like our survival depended on it. Create a day of the week that anyone and I mean anyone can mail a parcel for 25 percent off. Lets show them that we can do this as good as the competition. Let them volunteer their emails and send them communication asking how their experience was. we, need a tier of service between priority and parcel post like our competition. We have empty trucks running all over this country. Why? because management has failed to anticipate the future of the mail. Has been self serving and will not rock the boat with their good suggestions for fear of reprisals and a sudden lack of momentum being lost in a quest for the next rung on the ladder. Result empty trucks few parcels and people wondering what happened. I beg management to put thier real thoughts on the table and stop playing like you agree with your superior. You and I may not have jobs next year so why not take a chance.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    The USPS is currently restructuring it's Area and District levels of management through a RIF avoidance process that is being administered. Postal management is clearly taking a hit on many different levels.
    The next thing that needs to happen is concessions from the Postal Unions. One quick that comes to mind is elimination of overtime pay for people that do not work forty hours on the clock in the pay week. Right now as an APWU member you can call in sick for 5 days and be asked to work your two non-scheduled days for which you would receive time and a half and double time. WAKE UP UNIONS!!! If you really want to keep your membership working it's time for give backs like the above mentioned.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    USPS has a myriad of problems which can be addressed if Congress and the Board of Governors would quit playing political football. First, the service has an over bloated management system starting from the top. This is a government service and upper level management should be paid no more than other comparable positions in civil service. The Postmaster General is over compensated and there is no need for 44 vice presidents. Down the line, there are to many levels of management. POOMs and the like are redundant. Programs that don't pay their way or are not used properly such as the Mystery Shopper and DOIS should be eliminated. Quit trying to transform postal lobbies into slick boutiques and go back to the basics like packaging materials, boxes and tape at an affordable price. Next, end the contracts with FedEx and UPS as they are ruining our ontime scores for Express Mail. What do you think those companies are going to take care of first, our product or theirs? If you want people to retire early then use the model that was used in the early 1990s, give people an incentive to retire early. Another thing, the USPS is a government run service so quit trying to make it into something its not, and it is also not the military. Giving employees "direct orders" is unheard of outside the military so just give employees their assignments and let them do the job. All postal managers should have a minimum educational standard and be required to complete human relations training before being allowed to work with employees. Evaluated routes would save the service money and might even allow us to keep 6 day delivery. Following these suggestions has the potential to save the USPS billions of dollars in the long run. I sincerely hope that somebody is paying attention to these posts.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    This is how I always envisioned economic survival:

    Save ourselves:

    1. All USPS employees give back $10 a paycheck to help us survive.

    600,000 or so workers multiplied by $10 multiplied by 26 paychecks= if my math is correct,

    1.56 Billion Dollars ($10 is usually far less than most of us donate to our favorite charities).

    2. Holding mail is a premium service and we need to start charging for it. Can't figure out the exact revenue gained but it would be significant.

    3. Eliminate silly details that are "score related". Get these people back in the departments where they belong. Service to me is folks getting the right mail, at the right time, every single day. Going out to deliver one piece of mail on overtime is silly and not cost-effective. Driving four towns over to make sure an express mail is delivered by noon is silly. The reimbursement of gas and mileage is usually more costly than the express mail itself. We deliver several billion pieces of mail, sometimes mail won't get there when it's supposed to.

    These are three basic ideas that could save a lot of money and a lot of jobs. We all know that there are ideas bouncing around about 5-Day Delivery and HR 22, but at this point these issues are out of our control and we need to focus on things we can control.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    I agree wholeheartedly, evaluated routes similiar to that of the rural carriers would save millions. The only problem is the union won't allow it. Carriers are not machines and each day is different based on many factors, IE, illness, sleep, age, weather, family issues, soreness. Even with all these factors, a carrier who can work through lunch and skip breaks to make it to a childs play or ballgame will have a better appreciation for his/her job, not to mention the fact that they will get paid for the amount of deliveries they have. How often have you seen an employee with low morale solely due to the fact that they are a good worker, and because of this what does mgmt do, add to their route. Now look at Johnny takes his SAT, or Sweet Ass Time. Not only does mgmt leave him alone but they give him/her assistance. I ask you which employee is smarter? Let the better employee excell and be rewarded. No two days are alike for any of us from the bottom right up the ladder. Attempt this in some offices and see how the PO will reap the savings on production but also sick leave. I also have to agree that a five day delivery with structured processing would save billions. As a carrier A/C in vehilcles are nice but should not be in a carriers vehicle. The savings on gas alone warrants the disconnecting of the A/C units.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 9 months ago

    Advertise on the side of the vehicles. Those trucks are on the road all the time. You can find local business to rent space on these vehicles. Im not talking nascar but a nice ad for say an ice cream shop or the local locksmith. These truck are seen everywhere...

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