• Reply to: City Delivery Route Consolidation   5 years 3 weeks ago

    Another "Consolidation" needed is Postmaster Consolidation!

    MOST Postmasters do VERY LITTLE each day other than talk to their superiors on the phone and review the days "numbers" and paperwork. The idea of one Postmaster per zip code is outdated and a waste of salary & manpower. There are more "small" post offices than larger ones.

    Postmasters should be assigned to oversee more than one office when possible. This is LONG OVERDUE!

    I remember when I first started as a letter carrier (1986) in an office with 15 carriers, 15 clerks and 1 maintenance man. Our Postmaster spent most of the day in his office leaning back in his chair with his hands behind his head. When he got bored he would come out on the floor and walk up behind employees and say "you're not going fast enough." The man had nothing to do 90 percent of the time and resorted to adgitating employees to amuse himself and break the monotony.

    What a waste of money and manpower! When is the Postal Service going to give the Postmaster in an average office some WORK to go along with his responsiblity?

  • Reply to: City Delivery Route Consolidation   5 years 3 weeks ago

    If street supervision were truly done, or route supervsion, we probably would not be in the mess we're in, and routes wouldn't have gotten out of control.

  • Reply to: City Delivery Route Consolidation   5 years 3 weeks ago

    sounds like delivery stop make the biggest diffenece, and they add 400,000 more,remember safty first, one life is is more important than 1 hour

  • Reply to: City Delivery Route Consolidation   5 years 3 weeks ago

    Route consolidations has always been a "tool' used by the postal service to help manage cost. This tool has long been oppposed by the unions because less routes means less carriers, less carriers mean less members of the union. However, these route consolidations although very helpful in manageing costs, can be problematic regarding the amount of hours carriers spend on the street. The carriers workfore is getting a bit older and I'm wondering if this will have any effect on worker comp costs and sick leave because of additional street work load?

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    I don't see that Congress has any incentive to give retirement credit for sick leave balances of FERS employees. The Postal Service is the only federal agency which punishes employees for using sick leave--it's just another benefit anywhere else. So we're the only federal agency where large numbers of FERS employees have large sick leave balances. And Congress has clearly shown that it doesn't intend to help the Postal Service at this time.

  • Reply to: Click-N-Ship® — Have You Used It?   5 years 1 month ago

    I think the Postal Service should allow parcel post mailers (individuals) to print their shipping labels via click-n-ship. It would facilitate machine readability and would facilitate the reduction of "bad" or "unreadable" addresses.

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    Sometimes older folks are more susecptable to illness and injury. Not every absence is due to a FERS Flu. The more experience you have, the more age you have, and the more likely your chances of having a severe illness. I KNOW more than one FERS employee who almost had to drag themselves to work because they had cancer or some other condition, but they also had a work ethic that made them want to do all they could for their families and pull their weight on the job. Ethics have no CSRS or FERS classification!

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    Have any studies been done to see if the short term benefit of not paying sick leave outweigh the long term costs of a lifetime increased annuity. In the example you cited with CSRS employees if we assume an employee making $50,000 per year used 40 days of sick leave he would get $7,692 base on a standard 2080 hours per year. If his high three retirement was also $50,000 then increasing his annuity by 2% would cost the government $1,000 per year plus an annual COLA on top of that. Well if the employee lived more than 7 years past retirement the long term costs would outweigh the short term benefits.

    Also as a postal employee, if the Postal Service can not afford the retirement benefits it is now obligated to pay how does Congress expect the Postal Service to afford increased benefits.

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    I changed from CSRS to FERS retirement. Not giving FERS employees credit for unused sick leave is catastrophic for the Govt & the USPS in particular. Receiving nothing will make the most conscientious worker think twice about not getting 100% for their SL balance.

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    I have over 250 days of sick leave that I am about to loose.

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    Sick leave is a benefit that the postal service brazenly includes when determining an employees annual amount of monetary rewards ie, salary, insurance, thrift plan, vacation, etc. Benefits are to be used, and if someone saves them over the course of their employment, in lieu of calling in sick all the time, they should reap the reward at the end of their employment.

  • Reply to: Crime Takes No Holiday   5 years 1 month ago

    In Puerto Rico or in Miami is a box of my property.y have problem to get her back and they told me 'you have to wait for a month .Feb 12 of 2009 left Miami but in USPS of PR they said"it not in PR" .how i trust?

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    Get real, employees that take sick leave are rewarded with time off and employees that work are punished by not receiving a reward for not using their sick leave.

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    Dear Anonymous: Most private sector employees receive short term disability coverage (off-the-job) as an employer paid benefit. Accrued sick leave IS the federal equivalent of short term off-the-job disability coverage. So, please ensure that short-term coverage is available prior to taking away accrued sick leave.

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    Amazing, Mike Causey must be on the same thought wave. Today, March 16, he ran a similar story for Federal News Radio.

    http://federalnewsradio.com/?nid=20&sid=1623635

  • Reply to: Free and Reduced Rates   5 years 1 month ago

    Reduced rates for not-for-profits may be desirable, but the question is: who should pay to cover the costs?

    Forcing other mailers to pony up seems unfair. So who does that leave to foot the bill? Taxpayers, who will be on the receiving end of these not-for-profit solicitations? That option may be just as bad or even worse from a fairness standpoint.

    (It's worth noting that not-for-profits are not the only mailers getting postage breaks. The postage paid by magazine publishers.)

  • Reply to: FERS Flu: A Looming Epidemic?   5 years 1 month ago

    It's hard to blame FERS employees for doing this - that's what the incentives are. Although, the problem is not unique to the federal gov't. In the private sector employees do not get to even carry over the unused sick leave balance from one year to the next. I believe the best solution is not to separate seak leave from vacation days and let the employees decide how they use their days off.

  • Reply to: The Postal Service’s Financial Crisis   5 years 1 month ago

    I totally agree with David Tannenbaum "Get a better tracking system and then you may survive." A new, reliable system and MUCH BETTER train staffs will win customers back immediately.
    USPS are famous

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail   5 years 1 month ago

    Great Post. All too often, government related sites are full of rubbish, however this post has been useful. Cheers for the information.

  • Reply to: The Postal Service’s Financial Crisis   5 years 1 month ago

    I think one way to save a lot of money is to get rid of all of those analyzing and statistical programs. SPMS is a good best example. I have my box mail up in plenty of time, so I don't have to worry about a late scan, but what do you think is going to happen in offices that have a hard time getting their box mail up on time? They are going to do their scan before the uptime so they won't get beat up by the POOM-whether the mail is done or not. Am I right?

    What about offering free PO Box service in lieu of curbside delvery? If you see the difference in costs to deliver between the two, there is more than enough to make it worthwhile. You may lose $42 in revenue, but that will be offset by the more than $100 in savings on the cost side of the equation.

    Cut back spending on diversity programs. Every month my district celebrates some form of "National (something) Month" or has a cultural celebration. How much money are we spending on this stuff? We are in the business to deliver mail, not to hold cultural celebrations.

  • Reply to: Returning Purchases through the Postal Service   5 years 1 month ago

    I agree with the previous 2 responses to some extent, although I am still scratching my head a bit over an excerpt of the 1st response 'exact estimated package position'. The only true tracking the USPS offers is 'Express Mail'. Certified , Signature Confirmation, Registered pieces get the job done that the sender required; that the recipient got the item or was notified that it is available for pick-up. A return receipt card provides proof. So does the USPS website. Delivery Confirmation is a little dicey, the carrier can scan it delivered, but the recipient can swear up and down that they did'nt receive it, since in most cases, a signature is not required. The problem with most 'No record of this item' has to do with items not presented to a retail clerk. A retail clerk with a POS system scans in all accountable items as they receive them. Here is the WEAKNESS; accountable mail placed in APC's, picked-up by a carrier, by a collection clerk at contract stations or other mailers, or in blue boxes, are not scanned into the system. There will always be no record of these items until they reach their destinations. Except for "Express" mail. That is always scanned in at some point, even if the window is closed.
    Anyway, 'TRACKING A PKG', in my opinion, is over-rated. Personally, I don't care when a pkg from North Carolina gets to Kentucky and then to Texas, and then to my town. I only care about GETTING it. For me at least, the USPS provides excellent service.

    AND BACK TO THE ORIGINAL TOPIC:
    The USPS should continue to get mailers to offer Merchandise Return Service and Parcel Return Service to their customers. A lot of low-income folks would rather risk the companies coming after them for pymt, then paying the price of postage to return items, never knowing if they will get reimbursed. It's a good deal and money in the bank for the USPS.

  • Reply to: Free and Reduced Rates   5 years 1 month ago

    Many nonprofits provide a great service to their communities; it is important to support them. The question is how to do it efficiently. You can either subsidize specific nonprofit activities (mailing in this case) or give them direct grants and let them decide how to put these funds to a better use. The first option amounts to the government attempting to micromanage nonprofits, which is rarely a good idea. The second option devolves the decision-making to the people who know their work the best – nonprofits themselves. Instead of requiring USPS to provide services to nonprofits at reduced rates, Congress should provide financial support to nonprofits directly. In addition to offering nonprofits more freedom in decision-making, this would reduce the burden for extra housekeeping for the USPS.

  • Reply to: Free and Reduced Rates   5 years 1 month ago

    I do support the reduced rates. If the USPS is going to remain viable in the 21st century, we have to maintain a consistent customer base. If we rescind the discounted rate for the non profits, they will find another medium to reach their customers/constituency. We are hemoraging commercial customers at an unsustainable rate because our products are losing their value in the eyes of our customers.

  • Reply to: Free and Reduced Rates   5 years 1 month ago

    we would lose money .lesss mail would be generTED

  • Reply to: Free and Reduced Rates   5 years 1 month ago

    Definitely No

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