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

    I think the best solution is to lay off all the PTFs and some junior regulars(maybe 2 years or less), but offer them TE positions with maybe 1-2 years of renewable contracts. This is the only way to get people to work when they are always on the heel afraid of not being brought back for a new contract. Only after showing good job performance after a couple of years are they allowed to be promoted to a regular. I really think this would work. because of right now, even PTfs, once they are "in" they are "in". They immediately slack off and think they are entitled to everything like the people who have been servicing for 20+ years.

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

    I have always thought that if you don't touch the mail or a piece of equipment that moves the mail then you are overhead and we have way too many people that are nothing more than overhead. Many of these people are doing nothing more than generating a report or coming up with a new report to be generated. Get rid of them and save millions. Delivering mail to the door should be something of the past, yet in small-town America not only are we still delivering to the door but our new deliveries are being allowed to put mailboxes at the door. Consolidate mail delivery points and eliminate 30 to 40 percent of these walking routes across America. As for closing Post Offices, if the Post Office doesn't generate enough revenue to cover all the expenses of running it including the labor, it should be consolidated with a neighboring Post Office. All of these evaluations that the USPS have done and are currently doing are bogus because nothing is being done. All they are doing is costing the organization more money.

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

    The front line supervisor of customer service positions must be abolished/drastically changed. Carriers are only in the office until 9:30-10:00 am now. It will be even less once FSS kicks in. There is not reason to have 2-6-or even 8 or more supervisors with nothing to do the rest of the day. Solutions.1.)Hire retired supervisors to count the mail, and input it into the computer. Offer them 25 dollars an hour, no benefits, four hours per day. That is MORE than enough time for them to do everything they need to do. If they are not interested, than have TE or casual supervisors. There are plenty of people who would be happy to measure mail with a third graders ruler for 25 dollars an hour. Solutions 2.) 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. But doing this, the post office could EASILY cut in HALF the costs of having all the supervisors. At 100,000 dollars per year per supervisor for salary and benefits,getting rid of just 1,000 supervisors would equate to 100 MILLION dollars of savings. Think of the possibilities

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

    This has been touched upon. The postmaster for each office format is outdated. It could be changed initially to an area postmaster, say one postmaster per county. That one is sufficient to handle all PM duties. Each facility could be headed by supervisors. In offices where there are more than one supervisor then one would be crew leader. In offices where no full time supervisor is needed a crew leader clerk or carrier would suffice. The smaller sized post offices could be classed as stations/branches and be manned by a clerk which would be assigned by schedule, etc.

    As many carriers will agree PMs often hinder rather than help in an obvious attempt to feel useful. PM salaries are the biggest single waste in the Postal Service.

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

    Reduce layers of management. District bosses always seem to travel in groups of three, and never seem in a hurry to get on to other duties. Eliminate the two who stand back and nod, then add some duties to the third one.

    Trim training videos to necessary info, and only show them to the employees who need to see them. It makes no sense for carriers to learn about over the counter sales, or for clerks to hear about dog bite prevention.

    Cut back on paperwork, reports, and telecons for local management. That would let the USPS eliminate at least one management position in each station. From there, consider changing the APWU clerks contract to allow them to act as a 204B while performing clerk work, so one manager could cover multiple small stations with clerks overseeing operations the rest of the time.

    Encourage management to get cost savings ideas from actual workers. The USPS may not believe it, but there are A LOT of carriers and clerks with an IQ above 120 and a mental list of ways to improve the USPS. So far, the big problem has been getting USPS HQ to consider ideas that come from craft employees. There is nothing magical about upper management, and in most cases their removal from the workroom floor means that they have LESS knowledge about how to improve operations.

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

    You must be management. I didn't read anything about down sizing management which I believe is one of the BIGGEST problems with the PO. We have 5 managers for no more than 50 workers in the building at one time. The City supervisor is so busy doing reports (that are useless) he has no time to do the job he was hired to do.

    Carriers aren't allowed to provide customer service if by some chance they do stop to help a customer management calls them in the office for wasting time and trys to write them up.

    I say cut out 5 day delivery, let the carriers and clerks do their jobs and provide customer service. And most of all cut the number of managers at all levels. They don't even touch the mail so it will not affect the delivering of the mail.

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

    This isn't brain surgery.
    First and foremost you trim the "fat" and the fat in the USPS is management. Rural carriers manage themselves. City carriers are managed by "numbers." Neither craft needs $85,000 a year "babysitters," people who were failed craft workers and are now put into position to try and tell professionals how to do jobs that they themselves could not.
    A "204-B" could be appointed one afternoon a week to process timecards and make sure the city carriers and rca's are not making unnecessary overtime.
    In my office we have three city supervisors for 20 city routes. While the carriers are doing their job on the road (7 hours out of an 8 hour day) these 3 supervisors have nothing to "supervise."
    ELIMINATE AT LEAST ONE SUPERVISOR from virtually every delivery unit in the United States and you would never have to raise the price of stamps again.
    So much of the information the district claims to need on a day to day basis is already available to them electronically, through the use of "swipe cards"
    and scanners.

    Also stop offering major discounts for "dps prepared mailings" that do not and can not be run on automated equipment. Bulk mailers can make all the threats they want, but they know that the USPS offers them the best way to reach the public regardless of the postage. Newspapers are vanishing or being cut back to weekend only editions. The USPS HAS a monopoly on reaching EVERY household in the country. Mailers can and will pay to reach them.

    ADVERTISING...With the exception of some EMA routes on the rural side (where carriers use their own vehicles) the postal service basically has a postal vehicle on every street in America everyday. Many of the vehicles being used are LLV's (Long life vehicles) that have PRIME advertising space available on the sides, front and back of these vehicles.

    Plastic or cardboard placecards could be slipped in slat holders on each side. The USPS could change its advertising as often as it desired. It would take seconds to slide a new ad in.

    The USPS could also "rent" the advertising space on their vehicles to other companies. These trucks are seen by everyone, everyday on every street.

    The USPS continually shoots itself in the foot. When competitors, such as Fed Ex and USPS raise their rates every Spring (to satisfy THEIR union costs, etc) the USPS should undercut them on the rates we charge, NOT raise are rates, needed or not needed, to meet them. Give consumers a CLEAR value to choose, not an "even" or conflicting one.

    The other thing the USPS has been famous for under Potter is the lessen customer service, fatten his own wallet and the wallets of upper management people who they "don't want to lose to the private sector." These are the same people who are driving the postal bus off of the cliff. Let them go.

    Instead of cheapening our services we should strengthen them, undercut competitors prices and stop trying to take away money from the craft workers... who in fact "move the mail" which is what the USPS is supposed to do, giving it instead to its LEAST productive "work" force... unneeded layers of management.

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

    Almost all of Southern California and Las Vegas send its mixed trays, tubs, and sleeves to be palletized into like kind items to a company in Ontario, California. Why can't we save the millions of dollars the USPS spends when we, with the proper planning and supervision and management, are able to do it ouselves? The reason it went to a private company is that supervision allowed their favorite employees to do the job of palletizing the plant's empty equipment.
    More often than not, these same indviduals made it their own private money maker: slowing down the process of palletizing empty equipment so the work overflowed and they could rake in the overtime for themselves without intervention of proper oversight and accounting from management or supervision. Management never questioned them or held them accountable. Why?

    Why are we outsourcing mail service processing to private firms when we can do it ouselves here in Southern California? We are paying the outsourcing companies millions of dollars for their capital expenditures as well as our own? Again with proper management, planning, oversight and accountablility we could do it ouselves.

    I was told in no uncertain terms that my college degree was of no use to the USPS. Why? Because supervisors and managers are picked not by their talents and ablities, but by who they know. Those of us who want and have the needed skills and abilities
    are never given the opportunity to prove ouselves. Many of us have degrees in education and the social sciences, and have demostrated management skills at other locations. Yet the USPS has not nutured those skills not utilized them to the benefit of the Service. WHY? Therefore, the under-utilization of potential talent has cost the Service millions.

    The Service should go back under total Government control because it belongs to the People of the United States. The Service most innovate, grow, and utilize and seek potential talent if the Service wishes to survive.

    Why did the Postmaster General give away our parcels to private companies that lead to the creation of UPS and FedEx? Was the Postal Service not innovative or creative, or progressive enough to solve the processing problem/logistics? Where were the Board of Govenors during this process? Did they have a conflict of interest?

    Most of all, the Service must be customer friendly where service is at its best and improve where it is not. Supervision and Management must use commonsense, oversight, accountablity, and have communication skills necessary to treat their subordinate employees and each other with respect and dignity. Lastly, the Service must learn to innovate and move fast to keep pace with private industry and the changes in the economy. Remember, great ideas also come from those that do the work of the workroom floor. Please give credit to those who have good and viable ideas and do not appropriate those ideas for manangement's own personal aggrandizement.

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

    the usps should set up a money transfur program. Where you can go to your local PO and send money to any other po in the country. The person receiving the no fee money order will have to supply identification
    and we would charge a fee, like western union

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

    Move light duty people off the rolls after no more than 1 year. Too many career light duty people that stay on light duty sometimes for 20 years or more.
    Post Master position no longr needed, esp. in large city's. Waste of money, and what is their purpose? Use more casuals, esp. when so many light duty people are still employed.

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

    this is already happening .. local politicians & our unions fight it saying "not in my town" .. what town should they start in

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

    That is simple. Make everyone move there mail box to the street. I see no reason for carriers to be climbing three flights of stairs to put an ad in a mail box. Or better yet, put cluster boxes at the corner of each street. This would save many man hours and help to eliminate injurys from falling and dog bites.

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

    Forwarding should be free for only the first six months. All 1st class, periiodicals and parcels should be forwarded postage due for the next six months, with a change of address notification sent to the mailer, and all mail after a year returned to the mailer postage due.
    Stop subsidizing people too lazy to notify their creditors and relatives that they have moved.
    Stop the silliness of retracing for a piece of mail that DPS missequenced. I thought that was the purpose of 3M, to identify those problem areas so they could correct the sortation programs.

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

    This idea is very simple and will save a mountain of cash while improving service: The Postal Business model is outdated and uner unfriendly. Post offices today traditionally have a delivery unit and retail/PO Box unit in every town. These offices are usually located in the same places they were over 100-years ago, most often in the center of town. But that's no longer where people go to shop. WE NEED TO GO WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE, imstead of making the people come to us. Here's how you do it. A) Take any 3 or more towns located within a 15-min driving area and close down all but the centrally located office. B) Mail today is soreted by machines in cenrtral locations and trucked to every individual office. That's a huge waste of time because if that truck serves 12 offices, then whereever it is now, it isn't at the other 11 offices. We all wait for processed 1st class mail to arrive. So, C) Consolidate the "3 or more" delivery units into one. THERE, you just saved all those redundant managers salaries, as 2 can supervise 60 routes as easily as 6 presently supervise 20 each in 3 offices. AND, the truck arrives with ALL THE MAIL for all three offices simultaniously. D) MOST IMPORTANTLY, lease, buy or build space for a retail/PO Box unit IN SHOPPING CENTERS WHERE PEOPLE ALREADY GO. "User Friendly." Like in a Wal-Mart or Grocery Stores as the banks do. Don't say we can't do trhat when A BANK handling cash can! Now picture this: You go to the store and instead of buying a gift card (impersonal) you can now buy a personalized gift, have it wrapped at the customer service desk and then you go to the USPS STORE and have it pacgaged in a Flat Rate Box and mailed out RIGHT THERE! No need to drag the item into your tiny car and all the way home. People just won't do that anymore, so they but a gift card and we get 44-cents instead of $5-$20 in Priority/Insured/Delivery Confirmation postage. So the idea is to close down the old post offices, relocate the retail units to where the people are, and consolidate the Delivery Units into central locations to more efficiently operate all aspects of OUR POSTAL SERVICE. Regards.

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

    you already have each route with scanners why do you need a 204b?.the data can be checked at the district office what time carriers leave,return and there are bar codes on the street to see timing and arrival at certain location,if your hands are not on the mail you don't need them.USPS focus should be on getting the mail to the customers and not how many reports should be done at the local post office,its time to slice and dice people who don't handle the mail.somebody wake up before this great organization we love the USPS is run to the ground.

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

    Cut management and go to a five day work week,for once let common sense prevail,billions will be saved.How can we bring in revenue?Years ago I remember UPS went on strike,what does the Postal Service do?Put a limit(seven I believe)on how many packages a customer can mail,another golden opportunity sqaundered.

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

    Take a cue from our dear leader and what was done with General Motors, File for bankruptcy and renegotiate all union contracts. Any business entity where 80% of expenses are for wages and benefits is not long for this world.

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

    Eliminate programs like "Live Mail" on Long Island, New York. Essentially, overtime is used to race around the District with first class mail that is either missent, missorted, or missequenced by Delivery Point Sequencing and is postmarked the previous day within the Long Island District. This mail is then sent out on a special trip with an employee and placed in the customer's mailbox, even if they have retrieved the mail for the day.

    While the purpose of this program may sound noble (to increase the percentage of Inter District on-time delivery scores) it actually has the opposite effect. This Live Mail is usually left in mailboxes overnight (subject to damage or theft) and often times the next day the customer goes to the mailbox and, if they are there before their regular delivery, think the letter is all they have for the day. They then leave their regular mail in the box overnight, and are sometimes a day behind in getting their mail. Someone told me that this program exists to increase management performance pay, but I don't know that to be true. Still, the amount of manhours, overtime, and fuel to effect these deliveries are a luxury we cannot currently afford.

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

    Eliminate all postmaster positions.Just have
    Manager and supervisor postions..

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

    TALK to the employees!!! We have ideas that will save $$$. But, no one wants to listen to us!!

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

    The US Postal Service, should offer its own IP internet service, offer affordable cable and phone service.

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

    I am glad to see in you office there was no need to pivot, in my there were 3 routes that had to be pivoted and flats by the tub were curtailed. If Topeka would have done there job, we wouldn't have had to go through tub after tub looking for 1st and 2nd class mail, like they have promised for years!! They could have also worked more mail for Saturday, instead of working so much for Monday, then working tons of letters and Tuesday, especially in the flat tubs, what a waste of time, energy and air some of those people are!! Micromanaging seems like its really doing well, ha!!

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

    NO NEED TO HAVE BOTH SUPERVISOR AND MANAGER IN POSTAL DELIVERY STATION,POSTAL INSPECTOR CAN POLICE CARRIER STREET TIME,WHEN NEEDED. MANAGEMENT STAY AT POST OFFICE AND COMMUNCATE TO MAIN OFFICE THROUGH INTERNET. CUT DOWN ON FLOOR SUPERVISOR ON PLANT FLOOR. THE PLANET HAS PLENTY OF VIDEOS RECORDERS. OTHER INNER-OFFICE DEPTS HAS TOO MANY RELATIVES AND WORKERS WORKING IN MANAGEMENT, NO NEED TO HAVE 2 PERSONEL DUPLICATING THE SAME JOB. COMBINE WINDOW CLEK AND PASS PORT, AND BOX SECTION. REDUCE FRIVOLUS DRIVING. MAKE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME AT THE GOLF COURSE,BEAUTY SHOP,ETC. PLACE LIMITED DUTY IN ANOTHER PROTECTED FEDERAL WITHIN 50 MILE REDUIS. . LIGHT NON-RELATED INJURY PERSONELL STAY OFF UNTIL THEIR INJURY IMPROVE OR ASSIT IN TRANFER TO ANOTHER FEDEAL ENITY. NO-OVERTIME,HAVE 2 SHIFTS. NO TOUR 2(NO MAIL PROCESS). HAVE OFFICE PERSONELL REPORT AS THE SAME TIME AS TOUR 3 .

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

    I will keep it simple, a lot has been covered here.

    1. Stop blaming everyone else and pointing fingers about who is working hard and who is not, We are all short handed right now, so pointing fingers only hurts us and prevents us from rallying together when we need it most.

    2. We must eliminate Saturday delivery. We could charge a small fee, maybe $1 more to deliver priority on saturday along with express mail. This could be done by PTF's, TE's or odl

    3. Allow the station managers to do their job. I constantly here the manager say that they were not allowed by their boss to bring the ODL carrier we needed so we are off assignment, this violates the contract and they end up paying twice to have one job done. The manager should be able to make the decision, otherwise why are they in that position of authority if they have none?

    4. I agree with many people here that it is odd how many layers of management there are. The micro-managing is out of control!

    5. Stop eliminating office hours! I have a po box at a station near my house and work at another station 15 minutes away. The box section used to be open until 9:00 p.m. and the mail was ready by 8:30 A.M. Now the mail is not ready until 9:30 and the box section locks the doors at 6:00P.M. Mon.-Fri. The hours on Sat. are a joke. The window hours are even shorter. This makes it tough for me to check my mail, so I am sure it is tough for others too! How can we make any money when the public is being forced to work around us instead of us working around their schedule at the window. How about opening later and staying open into the evening so that people can stop at the post office on the way home from work again!!! Like the olden days, when we made money!

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

    get rid of 30-50 percent of mng.-eliminate saturday delivery except for express mail - close hundreds of small offices which cannot break even-do not forward mail free for 12-18 months- after 3 months add a surcharge to each piece-anyone who wants their mail held for over a week should be charged a small fee.

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