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

    Michigan clerk's suggestion is very shortsighted. Specifically, not delivering the Express Mail item may save money in the short term, but in the long term it will cost the Postal Service another customer and possibly more, as the person who counted on the item being delivered on time as promised will no longer use the Postal Service and they may very likely tell others not to use the service based on their experience. Less customers equates to less revenue and repeat business.

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Having read several of the comments here I feel that I need to comment. No not everyone is faking their conditions but there are carriers out there that have conditions that seem to never heal. How long is to long to be on limited duty? One year, two years or seventeen years? If your restrictions state that you can only carry two hours of mail then it should take you two hours but some limited carriers will take longer because they ARE limited duty. I have worked with carriers that can take five to seven hours to deliver the two hours of mail. It is carriers like that that give the ones who work hard a bad name. I have also seen limited carriers who work twice as hard as carriers that are on full duty. But the ones that bother me are the ones that will openly say "management is going to pay me for this." Then that carrier will come in in penality time! But a full duty carrier will get written up for "unauthorized overtime." And you are right this is not a place to air out the dirty laundry that happens at your station but, it is a place to shed light on where some of the money is going that could keep the USPS from going belly up! Management needs to step up to the bat and deal with the terminal limited duty carriers that will not become permanent limited duty and give up their routes! Save the money and keep the light on that says we are open for business!

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

    I think it is funny when management and OIG talks about the desperate times we are now in; however, I believe that management doesn't take the big picture into account. Where else would you pay an employee to drive 60 miles to deliver an express piece that costs $15.00 to make sure it is not a failure. Most companies would call it a failure, and save the $65 and time (about $50 for 2 hours) (thus $115 total for this one delivery). Until management gets truly involved in saving money, how do they expect people on the workroom floor to become involved. It is put up or shut up now. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Most of you are missing the point here. This is not a forum for complaining about every person whom you know to be on light duty or limited duty.

    It is about FRAUD!!! Not about those whom you dislike because you think that they are doing less work than you, although you don't work much yourself because you are too busy watching what everyone is doing...or in your mind...not doing.

    Just like supervisors attempt to pit employee against employee, this site does the same thing.

    They want all of you disgruntled complainers to go on Witch Hunts and turn into vigilanties and use your paranoia to claim that every person who is injured at work is actually just faking and is just getting over on the system.

    If you spent more time doing your own job, you wouldn't have time to worry about anyone else.

    That is the postal mentality though. People with little or no education beyond high school, no marketable skill and would be making minimum wage if not for the postal service and spend your time gossiping, rumor mongering, and being envious and resentful of anyone whom you think is doing better, is happier in life, and perceived to be doing less work than you.

    If most of you had a life, you would find better things to do.

    No matter what you care to believe, not everyone fakes a condition.

    The postal service knows that. Their only concern is trying to save money by denying injuires while spending money on useless items that never work and giving mailers major discounts for doing YOUR job.

    Why don't you spend as much effort fighting the wasteful spending of the USPS and the way they treat you as an employee?

    No, you are to busy thinking that a fellow employee is getting something that you are not.

    There is no denying that there is abuse, but you cannot paint everyone with the same broad brush, just like the public is wrong by assuming that all postal employees are overpaid, are all drug users and thieves, and do little work.

    Sound familiar?

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Workers comp is one of the biggest USPS financial burdens they have next to salaries and benefits. If more OIG resources aren't directed to this bottomless pit you will continue to have the word of mouth continue to spread. A deterrent (abusers) is needed in order to stop the flood of frivolous claims.

  • Reply to: Self-Service Mail Technologies   5 years 1 month ago

    The report is on the IG website http://www.uspsoig.gov/foia_files/DA-AR-09-004.pdf

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    It is not easy to do the right thing. Remove your emotions from the allegation. When you have a need to report, make use of the proper channels. Let the investigators do their job. Call the OIG hotline 888-OIG-USPS or contact local OIG.

  • Reply to: Top 10 Postal Stories of 2008   5 years 1 month ago

    Postmaster got large increase in salary . I hear 40%.
    Give me a break. He's just like all the CEO's on Wall street getting a raise when the ship is sinking.

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    The problem is more than just Worker's Compensation. We have people with medical restrictions that are not job related. They are either unable to work more than eight hours or unable to do park and loop routes. Some are unable to wear a satchel or unable to lift trays off of the floor. Their is tremendous amounts of "accomadation" that is really expensive and unfair to the workers that are unlucky enough to be able bodied.

  • Reply to: 24-Hour Parcel Service?   5 years 1 month ago

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  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Hey Cikowski!
    did you ever find the ones that sent your desk to evanston?????

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Of course this only applies to craft employees. If your a manager or 204B no problem. 204B here been on "light" duty from almost the time she was hired. She been milking it pretty good...but than again..she is in management, see no problem. Had a upper level manager collect OWCP. Her case was investigated, hold on now...by her HUSBAND, a postel inspector. Would you believe he found her injury to be "real"? See, no problem.

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    To USPS employees that want to help,

    Use the OIG hotline (888) USPS-OIG, or contact your local OIG office, to report your allegation/s of workers' compensation fraud. Let the OIG agents, who are trained law enforcement officers, investigate. You could be exposing yourself to liability and/or personal harm if you try to conduct surveillance. Beleieve it or not, there is alot more to these investigations than just taking photographs/video of the claimant involved in a physical activity.

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    you really need to check out the spokane P&DC, There is alot of fraud here in the spokane area, and I,ve yet to see anyone get caught and cinvicted.

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    OIG is great - it only took them 20 years to catch a mentally ill person. How do I get a job like that?

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    I like the idea of self-regulation (employee involvement)...get the video recorders rolling and the referrals coming!!!!!

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Thanks for the great work....there is nothing worse for service, cost or employee morale than having to watch those that are obviously manipulating the system.
    Amazing how their "restrictions" apply ony at work, butnot in their personal lives. I have never understood why the USPS tolerates this.There is simply nothing more gratifying than to see these frauds exposed and the perps brought to justice.

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    GOOD FOR YOU!!

    I HAVE 42 YEARS AND COUNTING.I PLAN TO HAVE A KNEE REPLACEMENT IN MARCH. I PLAN TO BE OUT ONLY 3 WEEKS AND MAY USE ANNUAL LEAVE.

    IF WE CAN PLAY BY THE RULES,SO CAN SHE!

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    The story on the Montana case is simply heartwarming! I think every Postal employee who works for their paycheck can appreciate the theft that occurs from this company in workers comp fraud. Love the fact that some are caught but not nearly enough! Since there are not enough OIG agents to go around, I think that we should use the resources we have to catch more offenders...... US! There should be an office that each employee could send suspicious videos to illustrating co-workers who are abusing the system. This could tip off agents and might possibly begin a case that could save millions. The abuser then would constantly have to be looking over their shoulder and would think twice about the choice not to work when they are truly capable of doing so!

  • Reply to: What are we doing with your blog feedback?   5 years 1 month ago

    I enjoy your blog and have learned alot from reading others' comments. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Great Work! More energy and resources need to be spent on capturing employees that commit fraud

  • Reply to: Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud   5 years 1 month ago

    Great work. We need to see these as often as you can catch them. A big morale booster to those that do work everyday for their money. Congratulations.

  • Reply to: The Postal Service’s Financial Crisis   5 years 2 months ago

    Not all contractors are retired Postal Inspectors, some are carriers who bid on contracts, because it isn’t cost effective for a LLV to take these routes that are way out of the way from any ones route. Contract Rural Carriers are very much a part of the service and deliveries to the postal service.

    Also, as I said not all contractors are retired Postal Inspectors. I work very closely with all of the areas within this origination. And I can tell you…this contractor does not make $90,000 dollars a year. I am a 911{contracted} Dispatcher. I left a wonderful position with a real 911 Job, to come here and see how this agency works.{for the experience if you will} I do not even have insurance, retirement, sick leave, and the vacation pay isn’t paid on the check when you take vacation hours. It is paid in a lump sum on your hire date, and for some reason you separate from your position even two weeks before your hire date, we loose all of our vacation pay. Even though we listed Vacation pay on the paper work, it does not ensure we will receive our pay we have used prior to departure. Hence we have to work these extra hours to make sure we have enough money to meet our monthly obligations. I am just happy I have a job in these troubling times. The fringe Bennies will come with a different job.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail   5 years 2 months ago

    The question of whether the FSS machines can handle Neighborhood needs to be addressed. However, the argument that it would take private sector jobs is costly, wasteful, and ignorant. Suppose the Postal Service could deliver the materials by employing 500 additional people, all taken from the private sector, all who would have otherwise been producing some goods that people want. And suppose that the private sector could deliver the materials by employing 50,000 additional people. Why would you want to take 50,000 people from otherwise useful jobs when you can take only 500?

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail   5 years 2 months ago

    I think Neighborhood Mail is a good service and can be marketed and may produce alternate source of revenue for USPS. However it may be beneficial if there is a bin provided by USPS for recycling of the mails for each significant location or around letter boxes who wanted to return the mails that they consider are not relevent to them and this can be reused by USPS to recirculate to other locations or sent for recycling. Alternate sources can be allow advertisements for a fee to businesses for various USPS products as sponsors that could generate the revenue for USPS.

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