• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    As I have asked our district staff why after a one week mail counton the HCR renewals in Sept after losing 6 million would they would rewuire another one before the end of Oct, This is what the professionals in DC do. They have more stupid repetitive junk, doing the same thing three or more times and most of it is a pencil whip because there is no and I repeat no way to do it right with the pressures and the cuts its just stupid all the DC people should be forced to come and do this stupid crap. Scan, sign off and the close out is worse, I know there has to be check and balance but this is dung. Please offer another EAS VERA

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Oh My God! Silly Rules! Where do you Start?
    How about this. First;Do not establish a new rule, until you do away the old rule. We have too many contradictory rules, and people that love to enforce them. Wev'e got plenty of rules handed down from HQ that say you don't have to do it the old way. But somebody always interprets that as do it the old way, and the new way.
    Second; Don't waste all our resources preparing for hypothetical disaster scenarios that are highly unlikely, then ignore the big problems we work around at least once a week. [ you can't go wrong fixing imaginary problems, real problems = real work]
    Third; If we buy into a system that doesn't work, MAKE THEM FIX IT! If a system requires hyper complicated procedures + rules + threats of discipline, to work, don't expect to see the efficiency you paid for.
    Fourth; Just because a system makes it easier for clerical staff, it doesn't mean it's efficient. If you want us to order stuff by computer, them maybe 5 people sharing one computer is a chokepoint. My personal theory on our current deficit is that it is probably equal to the outrageous prices we are paying to our "Preferred Supplers".
    Fifth; If a supervisor wants to enforce a crazy rule he just says "That's what the OIG / Inspection Service said." You find out much later, that no such interaction took place. Put it in writing, and tell them not quote you without documentation. We wer'e told that if we do not use the "preferred E-Buy supplier" for any purchase, [even though it's 4x the price]we could expect an OIG investigation.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    We need to stop extracting mail from the second pass DPD just because 1 in a 100 goes out of sequence.
    I have seen 2000 pieces of raw mail created just to save 20 out of sequence pieces. This makes no sense to me.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    The Supervisors often have us remove mail from the second pass sequence trays when a certain mailing "kicks out" or rejects at the rate of 1 in 500, in order to make the sequence percentage targets.
    In our plant we have a target of no more than 1 in a thousand out of sequence. If we run five trays of thin cards on first pass and they begin "going out of sequence on the second pass, the supes will order us to begin extracting all of them, and we end up with 2000 pieces of raw mail instead of 20 pieces of raw mail, as well as making it difficult to keep the ledge loaded. Seems to me delaying the mail, even when the justification is to meet a target is STILL delaying the mail!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    for a second why should i believe that any of these scenarios will be addressed? and if they are how will they be addressed? similar to postal managements reaction to the oig report that netflix are nonmachinable? how about total disregard. i have been MANDATED to process netflix on dps even tho the machine shreds them. not holding my breath that anything meaningful will result in any of these posted situations.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    I would like to nominate M for Postmaster General. If he fixes the above and gets ride of the piles of useless reports he could save this company billions.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Western Area samething. Thousands paid for carriers to stay home to "SAVE" overtime. On orders from Area no 6th day OT. Borrow help from other AO's and pay the OTDL to stay home. This is not a business we are spending OPM.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    It's not that important in the big scheme of things, but it is very stupid: changing the computer printers to print out on both sides unless you remember to tell it not to. Designed to save paper I guess, what it really does is make you print it twice. You throw the double sided copy away and then print it single sided. Waste of both paper and time. Stupid.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    You are right about rurals-we are highly motivated to find the most efficient way to work the rt(taking the stuff to the street is a not efficient-duh).We don't need a supervisor unless there is a problem. Until recently(couple of years ago) we handled our own schdules-time off ect. You are right about the count-the fox is in charge of the hen house-and it's time for every manner of cheating, bullying harrassment, sarcastic commentary-everything that makes for a hostile work environment. This behavior seems to be ok with usps if it saves money.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    In response to the last two comments, the rural carrier job is probably the best job in the organization(other than the last two pay cuts), however in my office the mail passed out and ready to case at least an hour before we are allowed to start. This is also a high density suburban area-no one has ever gotten out in time to hit am bus or commuter traffic-however that half hour or hour difference in the pm can add significantly to delivery time-try delivering to a suburban strip mall or shopping area at lunch time or after school has let out-ever delivered after dark-extremely hazardous.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    One of several is-all the del confirm scans. PO box parcel is scanned "arrival at unit". Then it moves 20 ft in a cart and is scanned "arrival at pick-up point". Finally, as it goes on the shelf, it is scanned "attempted". For all the work, they should charge about $5 for del confirm. Once a simple and effective tool to find out when your package was delivered, the powers-that-be have turned del con into an excessive waste of time and money, slowing down the morning sort. And, out of nowhere, the morning box section uptime is moved back an hour for no reason? Tear the whole thing down and start all over, only was to fix this mess known as the USPS.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    1. Stop using so many Associate supervisors, just make them permenant or the service must not need them. There is so many in our plant.

    2. Select the best for the supervisor Position, train them and make them one. Don't pull them to do it for 120 days every so often and then have someone else do it and then someone else and the cycle continues.

    3. Big problem, Pieces At Risk. We have been going through this for years on our AFCS's. Well, these machines were made to run "new mail" into the mail stream. Have the offices to take out the open faced mail, mail with internet printed postage on it, mail that has already been processed and is being returned to office with wrong address, no such person etc.. on it and returned Bulk or presorted bussiness mail. We are expected to meet a goal that is unattainable under these conditions. There is no telling how much money has been wasted trying to get our pieces at risk down to no avail.

    I seen it very close hand today as I was looking for a few pieces to run out of a hamper that came in today.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Our worst rule/regulation at the USPS is the fact that there are different crafts under different unions. We ALL work for the same company and should be able to bid on any position at the USPS without having to lose our seniority and start from the bottom up.
    2) The fact that even though we HAVE empty carrier cases sitting in our offices, we cannot use ant of those cases as extra wings for cases that have been converted to 5 shelves. This makes NO sense at all, the USPS is not taking into account the many more repetitive injuries that may occur due to the 5 shelve system which could very easily be avoided by using an extra wing case and converting back to 4 shelves!!!

    3) All supplies MUST be odered from certain companies that are contracted with the USPS, WHY? This does not allow the USPS to comparison shop and save $$$$$
    4) The need to wear ID badges inside the office, we all know who we are and it is pointless when there is no type of security system to enter the building. Anyone could easily enter our building at any time so what is the point of wearing badges?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Agree with you one the VOE. I chose not to turn one in this year. Why? Look at the questions-they don't ask you about what really matters, micromanagement is not mentioned, upper management is not mentioned either. That is where the real problems are at. All the VOE survey asks are questions that are worded in a way so that you give them the answers that they want to hear. Very deceptive.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Totally agree about the redundancy of CPMS. I have to do the 2 scans, load the scanner in the cradle, pull up the report on the computer, print it out, sign and date it, then fax it to the EXFC office. All of this work for what? I am at a one man office, and I live 20 miles away. It is not like I am going to leave without making the scan, since I don't feel like making a 40 mile round trip over a missed scan. In addition there is somebody down at the plant making sure everybody is making their scans, because I receive a phone call if the scan doesn't load up soon enough.

    SPMS is another joke. They come down on us to make the scans on time everyday. What makes you think that there isn't a clerk or PM out there who is going to make the scan when the mail isn't done just to "make the numbers"? Don't tell me it doesn't happen. It totally defeats the purpose of the SPMS system. So lets just get rid of it.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Also we have to leave our vehicle back door open at the end of the day so the supervisor can make sure nothing is left inside. We also a "check your case card" we have to leave on our case when we leave for the street. Then the supervisor comes around (sometimes) after we leave and also checks our case, then turns the card around to show that he or she has double checked. I guess they have to justify their jobs.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    No personal items at case. If I need a kleenex I go get one from my lock. If it gets too hot in the corner I go to my locker and get my portable fan. I was also informed that I take too many bathroom breaks on the street. Delivering mis-sequenced mail in the dps. Don't forget, no talking at your case.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Probably a good idea.

  • Reply to: Mystery Shoppers   5 years 6 months ago

    The main reason why I took an early retirement from the USPS after 28 years is the Mystery Shopper Program. I worked as a window clerk in a high volume office with only 2 or 3 retail windows open at a time and a line of angry customers staring at me all day. If management would worry more about generating revenue in a creative way and not be so concerned about punishing employees for not asking a litany of redundant questions; the Post Office might actually be a place customers WANT to come - and not a place thet dread. Once again, USPS management has ruined the once great USPS!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    we can not buy from the local hardware store. we can not but from the local walmart. we used to be able to. the PM would pay the bill with a money order. now you have to buy from Postal Products or some other expensive company. we had to buy 12 straw brooms. we only wanted one but they had to be purchased by the dozen. recently we could not even get a printer cartridge without POOM approval. Now that is what the USPS needs. Aperson making $120,000 a year making a command decision on whether a printer cartridge is needed. good thing I don't have to ask her permission to go potty.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    How bout putting in the end mileage in the scaner and then writting it down on a sheet on the other side of the office every night

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Stop everyone in the plants from spending most of their time running lottery pools, football pools, baseball pools, basketball pools....etc...

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    I thought it was considered a safety hazard for rural carriers to dismount for a blocked box?

    We were told we couldn't have any of that stuff at our cases because we could hide mail in them?!?!?! Guess they don't trust us.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    We have doors like that in our office. Two sets of double swinging doors that open in or out. The exit doors are always blocked with the wire cages that the parcels came in that morning. Everybody has to go out the in door, with big signs over them saying "Do not exit."

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    and they do get bonuses just look it up in the budget.. "spot awards"

    http://php.courierpostonline.com/data_public/datauniverse/usps/

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