• Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    DPS is pretty good, but get this. On Long Island, management has decided that, in order to meet on-time goals, they send employees to neighboring offices with missent mail in the morning, then in the afternoon send employees out to deliver missequenced mail to mailboxes. However, they simply place these letters in the customer's mailboxes, even if the customer has taken their mail in for the day. The reason management is spending all this money? I think it's so they can get their bonuses for on-time delivery! Incidentally, this only applies to first class mail from Long Island to Long Island...if your paycheck comes from New Jersey and is delayed, it is not sent out in the afternoon. But a postcard from a real estate agent will get this special treatment!

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    DPS HAS been in existence for 15 yrs. Perhaps not where you are located, but it was just starting, in the city I work in, when I was hired in 1994.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    The PO could care less about the health of carriers performing another circus act handling more bundles of mail in sub-zero weather 7 hours a day plus overtime forced down their throats for 9 hrs of street time. I wonder if the theory people realize after they put their kool-aid down, that vehicles running longer due to increased street time means more fuel. They like to crunch numbers so crunch 5 dollars a gallon then 6 dollars etc. With the dollar going down due to printing money for Wall Street banks and Stimulus funding the price of fuel will go up more then 5 or 6 dollars a gallon. Crunch the numbers now not when it happens in the near future.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    FSS will be yet another automated nightmare Can you imagine a day after a holiday when every flat is worked.This will make curtailing mail at high volume times impossible. They can't manage the dps volumes through the week they work everything and pay overtime on mondays and have us stand around by Wednesday I can foresee them putting advos and pennysavers together the day after a holiday and telling you it won't take anymore time.

  • Reply to: Use of Industry Best Practices in Processing Parcels   4 years 10 months ago

    Having Supervisors that actually know the operation as well as the people they are
    supervising would help. I like the idea of a working supervisor. Never have liked
    the idea they cannot be a part of the operation. I have seen the work ethic decline
    because no one is held accountable. The customer is a distant concept to many

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    1. The system under FSS makes no provision for non-machinable circulars, ADVO, etc. I am reading tales posted by carriers where FSS has already come in of either having to case their circs, or work the non-machinable circs one at a time into their FSS flats, since carriers with walking routes can't take a 4th bundle. This, of course, takes a lot more time and certainly isn't covered in the DOIS.

    2. I find it amusing that after all of this time with the different areas having FSS, that the PO still hasn't written an SOP for carries delivering a park-and-loop delivery route. Working flats out of my arm, AND my bag??? How in the hell will that "save" time??

    Ours is supposed to come in about Jan 2010. Can't wait !!!

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    Soon I'll not only be a letter carrier juggling 3 to 4 bundles of mail not to mention your accountables and parcles. I'll also be able to work for the circus as a professional juggler.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    "This blog is hosted by the OIG’s Delivery directorate."

    Dictator was misspelled!!!!

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    They make it sound like DPS is such a wonderful thing. Sure wish these jokers would try juggling three or four bundles. Not to mention all the delayed mail due to dps errors. And the mess they call cfs now. Keep the blinders on. Tell everyone how wonderful those machines are and spend a fortune on some more!

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    We didn't get DPS till after 1996! And the problems we had then are the same problems we have now. So much for the accuracy. As for the time, the DPS has nothing to do with how fast the mail gets delivered. The carrier does. I can't believe someone would print such an article. Then again, they put out the DPS machines. Oh well, so much for logic or common sense.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    The best point of all---the people making the rules have NEVER actually done the job. Injuries and accidents will most certainly increase due to the added physical stress and the attention needed to sort 2-3-or 4 bundles "on-the-go".

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    First off, whoever blogged this garbage doesn't get it. DPS hasn't been in existence for 15 years. Second, keeping carriers on the street longer will actually increase the number of vehicle accidents, costing the PO more money. Third, longer delivery times equals more burning of fuel,again costing the PO more money. Fourth, mgmnt wants carriers to be more efficient and accurate, but they all bring back handfuls of messed up DPS, resulting in delayed mail. Fifth, the argument that customers will receive their mail earlier is only true for maybe the first half of the route, then it all evens out as carriers pick through mounds of mail. And lastly, the introduction of FSS only means adding more addresses to a carrier's route resulting in, you guessed it, more hours in the office and on the street. Oh yeah, one other thing: the PO is beginning to install GPS units in LLVs. I thought the PO was going broke, but I guess they got a good deal on thousands of GPS units. BIG BROTHER is watching.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    FSS is already an obsolete notion. With the drastic decline in flats, an undoubtly more decline in the future, why invest so much money in a declining classification of mail? The postal Service needs to look to the real future. It needs to take advantage of The Postal accountability and enhancment act and invest in infrastructure in Asia. This is the money place now and the future.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    I have my doubts about the logistics of FSS also.

    The FSS machines being deployed in our area will be 75 miles from my station. The FSS mail will have to be trucked down to us. In winter snow and ice will impead the roads. We are in a high denisity urban area, with daily traffic jams, tunnels, and bridges to cross. Currently our Express mail usualy does not arrive until after 10 each morning, and IOD's deliver it to the carriers on their routes to deliver.

    To make it work we would have to deliver the previous days FSS mail the next morning. But that would be delaying the mail...

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 10 months ago

    YOU ARE ABSOLUETLY RIGHT. EVERYTIME I got sick was because of an abusive supervisor.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 10 months ago

    MY SUPERVISOR RECENTLY GAVE US A SERVICE TALK ABOUT THE COST TO THE AGENCY CALLING IN SICK. AND A VERY NEXT DAY. YES THE NEXT DAY. SHE CALLED IN SICK HERSELF. SO HAVING SUPERVISORS LIKE THAT WHO IS ALSO VERY ABUSIVE RUDE AND A BULLY. SHE IS MY ROLE MODEL. MY HERO.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    USPS has saved ONLY 5 Billion since 1993??? These machines have cost 3 times that amount to run and maintain. Do you see what happens when so called Postal execs get the authorization to do things. We invest the whole egg basket in 1970s technology. It works ok but the higher ups have to blame the short comings on the carriers the mailers and even the mail handlers. As for the $ amount this guy has come up with..... I think he is just like my local management... pulls numbers out of his *ss and calls it law.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    I agree with all the above posters and they hammered out the main points. One thing I would like to add though is that saying that the mail will be available at 7:30 AM is absolutely totally REDICULOUS. At my office...they can't even get the dps ready for us before we leave for the street at 9:00.

    Also, how many bundles are we going to be required to carry? DPS, FSS, residual, and a WSS?...what are you guys smoking?

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    I have been a clerk from the old LSM days. I have followed and worked on every automation machine. DPS is great BUT in no way is it perfect. There are letters stuck together, missed sent through the machine, etc. I always thought the carriers were going to case it to get all mistakes out. I have talked to several who tell me all the mail brought back daily. Seems casing the DPS mail would clean a lot up and still save time. The USPS management just ramrods their theory on the mail will work without ever doing the job. It looks good on paper but until you work the floor or the streets, YOU DON"T HAVE A CLUE!!!

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    i case more letters now than 3 years ago , is this the mysterious declining volume ,that seems to be increasing , or are they just not running all the mail,i dont know.we still cant figure out how to deliver the mail and we've been delivering it for 100 years ,maybe with another 100 years of B.S.changes,for the sake of change, we'll get it right ,but i really doubt it. Management Rules !!!!! ;)

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    The route I serviced was in a poor area. The turn over rate of customers averaged 25% per MONTH. There was no way DPS could keep up with it. The manager agreed to allow me to case the DPS and as a matter of fact I was able to forward over 100 letters per day.
    Back in '92 management proclaimed "95% in 1995". 14 years later we are up to 88%. FSS flats will only add to the DPS mess. I retired last year knowing the impending fiasco that is to come.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    Let us not mention all the extra supervisors intimidating, harassing, berating and bullying as their style of managing. Let us ignore the vast quality control problems there are with DPS accuracy mainly because most postal processing facilities lack the modern Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning the new mail processing machines require in order to stay within adjustment.

    I think the OIG better read up on system collapse. That is where it is heading.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    "In addition, more time dedicated to delivering the mail will likely result in carriers being back in the office within their allotted 8-hour tour, thereby reducing overtime and late deliveries. Further, avoiding the evening rush hour traffic may result in decreased auto accidents. Finally, because the mail is delivered more quickly, customer service may be improved."

    This entire paragraph is a fantasy. The person writing it obviously does not have an operational understanding of how mail delivery happens. Any increase in productivity will be offset by an increase in the length of the routes. Carriers arn't going to be getting back any earlier. On days when there is lots of DPS and FSS the routes will take longer to deliver just as they take longer to case and deliver today when volume is heavy. As far as service goes FSS's are being located at centrally located facilities. In order to maximize the operational efficiency of the FSS machines management will seek to expand the range that they sort to. This will result in some mail having to be shipped hundreds of miles to the delivery station after it is finalized. Service for flat class mail will suffer because mail will have to be available at the FSS site anywhere from 4-20 hours before the delivery day starts to make it into FSS for the day. Many flats will be delayed a day longer than they currently are.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    All the City Routes in our office are already 1 hour in the office and 7 on the street. And most days its only 45 minutes of office time.We have 6 routes and with 3 Carriers on light duty .8 hours on the street will increase that number.We get automated flats sorted to the route and its twisted, turned and missorted everyday.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    The oig do not have a clue, They are full of BS

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