• 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.

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

    sell advertisement on stamps we print them anyway and the go all over the world ! what would a company pay for that. Dead presidents don't make us money ! would also bring collecting back. we should also get kid collecting again get the postmasters to go to schools again and get kids interested in it. They are stamps we sell and never have to touch again .

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

    Offer a Vera which adds up to 5 years to the "age requirement", for the
    CSRS employees, thus allowing the CSRS employees no penalties with their pensions.
    Offer a Vera for the FERS employees by adding up to 5 years to the "service requirement" thus targeting FERS employees who have the age requirement but not the service requirement.
    5 years added maximum not to exceed age or service requirements needed as stated by the OPM.

    When the dust settles, evaluate the management to craft ratio. Consolidate offices and RIF where needed.

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

    I am a 25-year USPS Veteran. I spent 4+ years as a delivery supervisor and the rest as a City Letter Carrier. THIS IS A SERIOUS POST. Here are my recommendations: 1) H.R.22 must pass. No other Government Agency is required to pre-fund to the level we HAVE DONE, or are doing. No private company is mandated to do likewise, and those that choose to, don't contribute to the level we are are mandated to. 2)The USPS is WOEFULLY UNABLE to react quickly to changing conditions. Good or bad. That has got to change. 3) We are consigned to provide a service, yet as a "quasi-government agency" are trying to act as a for-profit business. Make up your mind. One or the other. You can't have it both ways. Trying to do so means we will fail at both. 4) Carrier routes need to be consolidated to reflect lower mail volumes. BUT REALISTICALLY. It takes almost as long to deliver 3 pieces of mail to every address as it does to deliver 5. If consolidation means 5% to 10% less carriers, then so be it. 5) Small post offices that lose money BUT ARE THE ONLY FOOTPRINT IN TOWN need to be preserved. We're providing a service to a community. 6) In towns or cities where there exist multiple stations or branches, consolidation must happen, WHERE THERE EXISTS EXCESS CAPACITY. There is no loss of "The Postal Footprint" in those areas by doing so. 7) For God's Sakes, Give back autonomy to the local Postmaster. You cannot run every office in the land and provide service by dictating numbers from a far=away place. If the local PM is unable to do the job, replacement (not promotion) is in order. But local PM's need to be provided the tools to do the job, and they should determine the number of routes, the compliment of workers and other considerations. Again, all backed up by statistics. 8) Go "Lean and WORK your workers." THE FACT IS, it is cheaper to work your existing workers REGULAR OVERTIME (Not double-time) in lieu of hiring career workers laden with lifetime "legacy costs". Unlike almost all other local, state or federal workers, when Postal Workers go into overtime they earn no additional benefits. No added pension, healthcare, life insurance, uniform allotment, vacation or sick leave. NOTHING but the money, a one time cost. According to my "Statement of wages AND BENEFITS", the USPS pays me LESS while on REGULAR OVERTIME than while I'm on straight time. Do the math. The numbers don't lie. 9) 6-day delivery must remain in place. We are entrusted to deliver advertising, medical supplies, political ads, periodicals and credit/loan statements and payments. We ARE not Fed-Ex, and we were never intended to be. THE FACT IS, the USPS was created so that Government has a way to communicate with THE PEOPLE. You won't be getting an e-mail from The Selective Service System, the IRS, the FDA or any other agency. You will be getting a letter. It's also proof of residency. 10) Curently, the ratio of EAS to workers is roughly 9-to-1. This is simply unsustainable and indefensable. In private industry it's anywhere from 20-1 to 50-1. We provide a service. We don't design or manufacture anything. Logistics never changes. The same planes take off and land at the same times. The same trucks come ang go at the same times. The carrier routes are the same, day in and out. Nothing changes but the weather. It's not "Rocket Science", so why all the scientists? We have more cameras per square foot than a casino. We have more vehicles than the U.S. Army. We have more computers than NASA, and we generate more reports that NOBODY READS than the CIA. "Call" me on it. The are reams of redudant layers of "Those that don't touch the mail" who are "Employed" by the USPS. How many stamps do the public have to peel to pay for that? Do we really need "The MPOO"? (The Postmasters Postmaster). Do we really need "Area" and "District" doing basically the same things? Does every small office really need a low-level Postmaster, or could one higher paid PM oversee 3 or more of those small offices? Consolidate Offices? YES, where appropriate. Operate as a SERVICE instead of a for-profit business--YES, but be prudent about spending. Downsize the workforce, both management and workers? YES. Reduce service (5-day delivery) in a SERVICE INDUSTRY? Absolutely not, It's a suicidal "business Model". Thank you for hearing my comments.

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

    USPS should eliminate the smallest size PO Box. We charge less to rent it than the next largest size yet it costs significantly more to service. All letters must be carefully set/curled into it and if the addressee receives more than a single flat a 2 handed operation becomes necessary to get the mail into the box.
    Letters are tossed into all other size boxes.
    Labor is our biggest expense. The additional labor of servicing these boxes costs much more than the additional plant capital and space that would be required to make all small boxes one size bigger.

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

    The service of providing a return addressee notification of intransit mail should be relatively simple to do with the new four state barcode and the IMAQ system. We just need to figure out what and how to charge for the service.

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

    Agree

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

    The USPS is strongly pushing the flat rate concept. Overall this is an excellent idea but it needs some tweaking.
    First the 70 lb weight limit is too high. 40 or 50 lbs would cause us to lose less money on dense products without really changing the marketing significantly. In our office we receive thousands of pounds worth of 70# flat rate boxes full of lead every day. It is cheaper than shipping long haul bulk rates. We are losing lots of money every day on these packages.
    Second our largest cost driver is delivery. The majority of our deliveries are curbside. Yet not one of the flat rate boxes which we make and design fit into a standard curbside mail receptacle.
    A package with dimensions of 5"wide X 5 1/2high" X anywhere from 6-18 inches long would fit in a standard curbside mailbox. A package 4"wide X 6"high X anywhere from 6- 18 inches long would also fit. Postal regulations require attempted delivery of parcels to the door that don't fit in the mailbox. This results in stopping the progress on the route, attempting delivery and frequently making out and leaving a notice to come pick up the package at the Post Office. If a notice is left the package must be brought back filed and made available for pickup when the customer shows up to get it. This means that the delivery costs of a package that doesn't fit in a receptacle is dramatically higher than the cost of one that does. Creating flat rate boxes of similar volumes to our current small and medium size boxes that would fit in a standard mailbox and promoting them could substantially increase profit margins on flat rate boxes.

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

    Reduce multi level of management, giving more accountablity to the Postmasters & below, right now we have many lower level supervisors that cannot even supervise at Burger King.

    Go to 5 day delivery .. keeping retail only on Saturdays

    Offer VSIP incentives for CSRS employees & FERS if they want it

    Get rid of programs like the mystery shoppers

    Get rid of light duty forever craft employees who do more when they are at home but can do nothing when they are at work

    Get rid of lazy letter carries, make them more accountable for their work ethics, they extending their breaks & lunches out on the street due to low volume, some as much as 2 hrs per day.

    Create more FTR positions in clerk & mailhandler crafts, they run out of work daily, so they slow down

    stop TV advertising .. the public knows who we are & what we do, no need to pay millions to do commercials.

    Stop management details, we have people going home every weekend from Wash DC to westcoast plus being paid per diem for their time away from home.

    hope this does not fall on deaf ears =)

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

    Bring Stamp machines back to some offices, Automated stations at others. Put more automated stations in convenient places like large chain stores. 5 day delivery, special services on 6th, Post offices open 6 days. Cut management to PM pulling double duty at multiple close offices, supervisor at carrier offices. There is alot of waste going on with both carriers, and management.

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

    we are all aware that first class mail is dropping fast due to emails and other electonic comminicating devices and standard mail has decreased significantly due to the economy. Now I am not a business major or anything like that, but if I were in charge I would try to entice people to buy stamps. I know it's convenient to pay bills online, quicker, and cheaper. That's why I would try a lottery or something of that nature to entice people to buy stamps. Similar to what Mcdonalds does with their monopoly deal. I wonder how much their sales increase when they have the monopoly game available. I think thats something we can explore at the post office to get people to buy stamps. I have an idea similar to the lottery. When people buy a lottery and lose what do they do, they throw out the ticket and play again. But with stamps, you can use them to pay bills, mail letters, collect them or if you want throw them out, totally up to the individual. I would start at every post office in the U.S., the 37,000 retail stores. I would have it to where you have a raffle of some sort. Say if a person buys one stamp they put their name and info into a hat or box or whatever and later that week someone draws five names out and rewards them with cash. I would suggest the prize money be small at first to see how well it generates customers and sales. Say if a person buys a book of stamps which come with 20 stamps in it, they could have 40 names added to the raffle box. Just an incentive to buy more stamps. But you see where I'm coming from; it's an idea. Maybe trying new ideas to draw customers in would generate income rather than do nothing at all.

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

    Do not restrict service by going to 5 day a week delivery. That should be the absolute last resort. Offer incentives or demotions to postmasters with least seniority. There are 25,000+ postmasters nationwide. That is just fat that needs to be trimmed. Some postmasters make 85k/yr and supervise one station. Supervisors and carriers are the hands on people and they can do just fine without a postmaster, area manager and a station manager calling them on every decision they make everyday.

    It seems the Post Office wants to cut service to save money, but that will only hurt business in the long term. Cut the high pay jobs now and the money will add up very quickly, as well as not affecting customer service at all. The Postal Service must adopt the mantra "Exceed Expectations". Not "Let's cut the business back to where we can handle it".

    Put the customer and customer service FIRST and trim the upper fat. Things will fall into place after that.

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

    go to evaluated routes thjis alone would save $ on all the people thats job is to make sure all the carriers numbers are up to snuff. this also would enable p.o. to just have 1 sup or 1 postmaster per office . the carriiers could pretty well manage selfs. Going to 5 day delivery is way past due. saturday should be the day because so many bus.;ls are closed on sat. and this would keep them at 5 day delivery. the volume is so low i think we used to deliver our weekly volume now in 4 days. another solution would be to go to 4 9hr days and keep the t-6 for the 5th day. this would eliminate all ot and keep more jobs.

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

    Definitely go to 5 day delivery but keep the window open 6 days in order to provide service and capture revenue.

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

    Eliminate the multitude of layers of management. No need for District or MPOOs (POOMs). With almost every office connected by computers, Area should be able to manage the offices in their scope. This would cut out a lot of the micromanaging that District creates to prove that they are still needed. Any manager knows that the majority of emails come from Area, through District, then to the MPOO and then to the manager and back up the chain again upon completion or "All Clear." Charge for Hold Mails and Change of Addresses. Eliminate the Mystery Shopper, Mystery Caller, and the person who calls my office to ask what today's symbol is on the bottom right corner of the back of the envelope at a specific address. Use that money to replace or upgrade the equipment that is needed to provide service. It seems like District is doing everything they can to chase a performance score instead of actually letting the employees provide service. Charge enough for the third class to actually cover the costs of handling and disposing of the mail when the customers pitch it at the post office after delivery.

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

    The Postal Service could save money by reducing the ranks of management. We have too many people in management that have no particular job to do. At the BMC where I work, they create jobs for ones in management. Another way to save money is for all management that makes $100,000 or more per year to take a 25% pay cut. Our acting BMC manager makes $107,000 per year which is way too much. Also I believe that the Postmaster General could easily live on $600,000 per year instead of the $800,000 he made last year.

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

    There are entirely too many supervisors and MDOs.There is a plant manager, Sr. MDO, 3 or 4 tour MDOs, and too many supervisors for the amount of mail and workers. With the retirements,transfers,and removal of casuals there hasn't been a reduction in supervisors. In fact there are more now than a year ago when volume was higher. My facility is preparing to excess 90 clerks but I doubt that the number of supervisors will decline under the current system. I was working in a small area and for a 30 min. period I counted 13 supervisors that walked by.
    In my experience people work harder and faster without some supervisor looking over their shoulder. We know how to do our jobs without constantly being watched and if a person needs to be watched they don't need to be employed.
    With the decline in mail volume we need to work smarter and improve quality and customer satisfaction not pay uneducated and untalented supervisors to "earn" these outrageous salaries.

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

    First: Eliminate Saturday delivery. Union objections notwithstanding. Six day delivery is not necessary any longer.

    Second: Eliminate EAS positions. Way to overloaded on upper management.
    One postmaster for every 5 stations is attainable.

    Third: Get rid of the light duty no loads that are burdening our system.

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

    ELIMINATE ALOT OF UPPER MANAGEMENT JOBS, cutback on positions at usps headquarters, and close alot of buildings that the usps are renting and leasing. it makes no sense that in an effort to cut back you are getting rid of craft employees who are actually processing the mail but you allow plant managers to continue to promote and move management around in an effort to save their jobs. most management jobs pay $70,000 a yr and up, there is no need for an abundance of management when you continue to excess employees. who is left to work the mail? OIG needs to take the initiative to go in and investigate many of these facilities to see if there is any wasteful spending going on amongst management. my facility along continues to have wasteful spending by the managers in charge. the usps is in a crisis, time to do your job. cut out wasteful spending among management

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

    Get rid of the usps marketing team you have, save some money and hire a private company thet is known for there advertising to get the word out.

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

    If the USPS really wants to generate income you only have to look at someone like McDonalds. How do you make a profit off a dollar hamburger? They sure are not making alot off each one they sell, but if you add up the millons they sell times the amount they make on each they are raking in the dollars. The USPS needs to under cut the hell out of UPS and Fedex to increase volume and start making money. Reducing your staffing is the answer, it may help a little but in the end you will put yourself right out of business.

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

    We should consider the electronic transfer of funds through post office much as Western Union does. We should develop Postal Debit Cards especially for college students. We should look to go into the financial services sector as we did 50 years ago with postal savings accounts. The USPS recieves high marks for trust and we should capitilize on this in these times of bank problems. With our network we can easily serve to help families save money with minimal fees. We should not get into the checking nor credit side of banking.

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

    We need to increase our scanning scores nationwide. We should include Delivery Confirmation on every package, so that rather than look to see if a package should be scanned, we change the culture to one of that every package does get scanned. We need to include this in the base price of a package whether priority or std. b. It should be included with every thine mailed whether over the window or online through clcik and ship. It will increase our commitment to our customers and will eliminate the need for employees to look for scans and to eliminate the need to ask customers whether they want it. Include delivery confirmation in the base price.

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