• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    OK , new software more reports. In the Bmeu needless time is spent on rules and regulation. This creates reports so someone can sit at a desk (non productive) and micromanage. Do what is legal and necessary. Let the clerk be more productive and not try to keep up with a random generator for mail examination. Needless overtime is being spent for what? a software; generator. Think about it!!!!!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Submitting one name per Moved Left No Address card (PS Form 3575-Z). The form needs to be redesigned for households with multiple last names. Section-8 apartment "families" with seven or eight children, all with different last names, require a lot of paper waste and duplication of information to complete. A single vacant apartment can make 20 minutes of work for a carrier, even more when they are required to stop and listen to a supervisor yelling that they are "stealing from the post office" for doing their job. Make life simple again, like it was before management screwed up by fixing things with PARS.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    where is your office..i can help...i am usually looking for something bmeu related to do. :)

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    it sounds like you work in my office...ha!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    the late start time(at least at my office) are because rural carriers are walking around doing nothig when the mail is not sorted yet. our mail comes at a certain time, clerks come in at certain times, and to follow suit rural and city carries come in at certain times to give clerks time to sort the mail. i am writing this knowing i am going to get flak about lazy clerks so i am prepared for this...bring it on!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    "Every accident is a preventable accident."

    I remember when they told us zero tolerance for accidents. Hmmm...i thought an accident was an accident. Not intentional. They use to have stand ups and go over every accident and how it could be prevented. The funniest was when a carrier was in his LLV and was hit from behind while waiting for a light to change. They said he should have been looking in his mirror and got out of the way. LOL! Wow! Really?! What would have happened if he had pulled into the path of another car trying to get out of the way. Then it would have really been the carriers fault. Either way....

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    The stupid rule that is in the contract that when one of my buds, about 8 in the last ten years, has to be provided work when they have had a DUI. They can't drive their routes but the PM has to find work for them. The USPS isn't supposed to be involved in our private lives but yet their private lives become part of my work. Have a DUI? Goodbye Drunk. Fire them and let them apply for reinstatement.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    my favorite rule which i got in trouble for was when my sup came over to me and yelled at me for eating on the workroom floor is not allowed at anytime as she is eating while yelling at me

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Poor complainers making all that money! I guess when the doors closes and some other company delivers the mail, you might have wished you did not complain so much!! Do our jobs, serve our customers, that is what we are paid to do, if we did not worry about things we cannot control and maybe work a little harder, we might not be in the shape that we are in today! Maybe you constant complainers should think about that on pay day!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Your POOM missed his or her calling-it should have been housekeeping. How much does that housekeeping job pay?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    SOX compliance! The law states we must comply with our own rules and regs. The problem is typical of any government agency we have been adding rules for ages and we have not ever changed them when times changed.

    We need a team to study our own rules and make changes to them that allows us to meet SOX without huge cost.

    So many rules on the books that must be followed that are obsolete. For year all offices have just ignored or not followed the multitude of rediculious policies but now we are spending many many hours doing so due to SOX compliance.

    I suggest you start a survey and asked what rules and regulations need to be changed.

    I will start with one.

    1)Our rules state all Postal one date must be entered into postal one by the close of business. This may be possible in large offices with dedicated BMEU staff but in smaller offices in order to be SOX compliant another clerk has to be scheduled just to make the entries to meet our own deadline into Postal One. If our rules allowed 24 hours to make the entries we could enter the information during window down time the next day.

    Many more where this came from.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    How about making a rule no cell phones on the work room floor. I see more people that are on thier phone that on their machine.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    What's this obsession with keeping our (city carrier) postal vehicles and cases free of empty equipment and forms we use daily? If there is mail left on the case or in the vehicle then take action. Otherwise, quit trying to justify your managerial jobs by micromanaging mine.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Bill is absolutely right-why are they setting later starting times??? Why, why why? The later starting times put us at greater risk of accidents and put children getting out of school at greater risk. We spend more time sitting in traffic and we run into more erratic driving as people rush home from work.There is plenty of mail to work every am-the earlier you can get on the road, the safer your delivery will be. I can only guess that they are trying to increase productivity????, however sitting in traffic and waiting for school buses is not productive. The added stress and danger of watching for kids playing in the street doesn't help. We are salaried folks-and we are always more efficient than any city carrier that has to finger dps on the street(efficient, safe-not). I guess it's just another example of quasi-military bullying management style. No one cares about safety(they care about liability) and no one cares about the people who actually do the job-no surprise

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Yes- Things like keeping volume. We live in the modern age when one could simply put a counter on the machines in the plant and know exactly to the piece what everyplace is getting. We cannot function like a business because we spend most of our time documenting how much work we did, or scanning things and printing it out to prove we did it, instead of concentrating on actually doing productive work. It would be more beneficial to teach management how to motivate employees, and then empowering them, than to establish controls to make them prove they did there job and printing reports to show. Have you ever cacualted the cost throughout the Postal Service for printing out SPMS and CPMS reports? The cost in money, not to mention trees must be truly staggering. I used to be able to go out to the drop box and get the letters and dsipatch them. Now I must go out and get the letters, scan the barcode, download the scanner, wait for it to show on the computer that I scanned it, then print out and file the sheet. Something for which I should be paid 30 seconds pay now generates 10 minutes of work. Just so the higher ups can get a bonus for 100%. Refocus on doing the work, and motivating employees to want to do their best. Focus the PMs time on interacting wth the customers and not spending the whole day doing reports.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Being forced to carry a satchel at all times! The bag is needed often, but being forced to carry an empty bag is just stupid! It gets caught on doorknobs and rails all the time, wrenching the shoulder. It is also nice to give the shoulder a break once in awhile. Then, you have supervisors just driving around making sure you are carrying an empty bag. Give me a break!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    We postmask customers letters. We open our drawer anytime we need. We have an extra $100 for change. We even tape customers boxes that look like they need a little extra. We have a "take a penny, leave a penny" jar.
    Isn't it strange as to how NOT standardized we are?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Having a workhour budget for clerks mandated from District to individual offices.
    Certainly understandable to use as a guideline to keep control on the budget, but a PM is the best to know what work is required and how many hours are needed to run their office.
    Decision making is NOT pushed down.
    Simple fix, hold the PM's accountable and let them work their office the way they determine.
    Hmmmm? might have better window service
    Hmmmm? might have accountables done properly
    Hmmmm? might have PO boxes available because the locks are changed.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    How about the rule (F-101) that says we can't exceed 12 weeks sales amount for the total office stock balance in a manual office? That would make sense if we didn't have commemoratives that we can't sell, bird stamps that aren't really postage, and clerk drawers that only get used periodically (in a manual office due to clerk sharing, etc.). Since manual offices cannot be on SIA (due to the rules), they should have additional leeway in determining stamp stock levels. The first of the month is coming and I am out of COILS!! The Area shut down the SDO shipments, and I don't have stamps to sell my customers! This was to be my regular shipment week!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Why do we have to empty our trucks of any work gear every night, and then lug the gear back to the truck in the morning? It makes much more sense to leave my mailbag & raingear in the truck, where I will actually need it, and to have empty tubs for outgoing mail and nixies ready for the next day.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    How about "no clocks allowed" where the customer can view them. Supposedly this is to keep them in the dark as to how long they are waiting for sevice. Maybe the should "check" their watches at the door as they enter. Good Grief!

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 5 months ago

    Apparently no one commenting here is an automation clerk. Eliminating saturday or sunday processing will not make the mail go away. Eliminating saturday delivery will make every monday a three day nightmare for carriers instead of just holidays. Weekend processing is done with much smaller crews. Since sunday to monday DPS is the heaviest volume of the week, saturday to sunday is all first pass, with a final first pass and the large second pass done sunday to monday. It would be impossible to process all of that mail on one night, especially since most machines run two separate DPS programs.

    As for tour 3, the same applies. Delaying the mail by one day does not make the volume any smaller. Again you will have too much mail to run on a single tour before tour 1 shows up and wants their machines and their mail. Our tour 3 standard volume is identical on weekends or weekdays. The only difference is that now our saturday outgoing has been shifted to a larger facility. And on many occasions our tour 3 sunday first class scf volume is larger on sunday than on any other day.

    These ideas are the creation of management that gets bonuses for eliminating jobs, not for efficiently processing and distributing the mail. The collapse of the USPS began when it started being run "as a business" rather than as a Service.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    I think the PARS system is the dumbest thing that has happened. Carriers are the last person to know of someones move, when they should be the first! And to take away the carriers access to the forwarding information? for security? oh but the clerks can access it, no problem. somehow they are more trustworthy? I have more problems with people not filling out the change of address correctly, and I no longer can help them.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    All rules that ALL USPS emplyoyees are to go by in the office that management directs us to. Then we watch management be the first ones to break the rules.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 5 months ago

    Another dumb thing un the P.O. is the hoy case and the 3m case.Heck get rid of the case alltogether. With FSS rolling out we should be fully automated.

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