• Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 9 months ago

    What customers is it unacceptable to. I'm a customer and I say it's perfectly fine. I'm not willing to pay more so reduce my service. I only need mail delivery 3 days a week.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 9 months ago

    Volumes are NOT going to pick up.

    End Sunday processing YES

    Furthermore I would recommend that we downscale to 5 day delivery for all mail AND 3 day per week delivery for residential mail leaving commercial mail to 5 days per week.

    There is absolutely NOTHING most residence's need 6 day per week mail delivery. I personally could live with mail delivery 3 days per week. I pay all my bills online and really only get mail order purchases and junk mail. I could wait 1 extra day for those to arrive.

    The cost savings of reducing residential mail delivery to 3 days per week and commercial delivery to 4 or 5 days per week should allow the USPS to reduce staff expenses and overall operational expenses significantly.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    Bulk mailings are a service we supply to publically held companies and the moeny they claim to spend on such things as bulk mailings is covered by the SOX Act and therefore we are in need of providing proper documentation to cover ourselves. Stop crying about it and answer the few quick questions on the form and file it. It takes all of what, 5 minutes max during a time when there is little to do anyway? It is the law, as Nike says, Just Do It!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    SOX compliance is not an option. It is regulated GAAP rules of accountability and FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board). These rules were put into place to counter the ever increasing issues with WorldCom, Enron, UnitedHealth, Arthur Anderson, etc. When businesses try to cheat, the FASB and SEC must step in. Accountability was never held against those who worked for an organization, because the organization was considered an entity, solely responsible for itself. The people running it were not held accountable for the decisions made for the sake of the company. That had to change. Ask Bernie Madoff why and he'll tell you why - he knew what he was doing.

    SOX compliance is not optional and can lead to prison time for those who fail to complay with it. I suggest if you like your job and don't like living in a small cell, that you worry about complying and not complaining.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    How about an excessed employee (who has unjustly been targeted for termination as well) sitting in the standby room all day, while a higher level coworker is brought in on overtime to work in the same office? Does this qualify as silly? Or does it merely qualify as waste and abuse of Postal funds?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    How about needing identification to start up mail service that was previously stopped but allowing ANYBODY to stop or redirect mail service WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION. This has already lead to cases of IDENTITY THEFT yet the policy continues.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    I haven't seen any first aid kits on the work floor. We once had them, now they are gone.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 9 months ago

    Stopping processing on Sunday would result in service deterioration that would be suicidal. Less mail would come back. Trends to electronic payment and delivery would increase. Slower delivery of internet purchases would affect revenue.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    SOX. This is the silliest of them all. The law states that it applies to PUBLICLY HELD COMPANIES. That means the companies issue STOCK and pay dividends. We are not a publicly held company and we don't sell stock.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    Instead of highliters, we have orange "SCANNED" stickers that we have to use. They are totally pointless. What does the sticker tell you? That it was scanned, that's it. What scan? Arrived at unit? Attempted? Delivered? Arrival at pick up point? None-Just scanned. A total waste of money at $30 a roll.

    NONE of these stupid ideas are going to improve scanning, you can just as easily miss a scan and mark the piece scanned, so what's the point?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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.

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