• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    Stop subsidizing UPS. Why help UPS turn a profit. Case in point. Last Mile program. A program designed to make a service provided by UPS profitable.WHY!!!!! We do the hard work, deliver package to an address at a huge discount for UPS; all they do is transport from state to a city.If they can't make money on that service, then customers will come to USPS after that service is discontinued by UPS. If we don't help UPS make money they will drop that service. If our boat sinks; management will have done it all by themselves.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    One more. This goal of 97% for EXFC. We are spending millions of dollars chasing this goal. 95% was resonable and could be obtained by streamlining our processes. The last 2% to reach 97% is very very costly. Running mail to offices all over the district is crazy. We sometimes spend 10-20 dollars per letter to get these home all in the name of EXFC. Cap the goal at 95% and lets start running this place like a business instead of just spending OPM.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    Have to agree they need to invent a word for excessive reduncy. SPMS and CPMS is a major joke. Major loss of time
    Box mail and distribution scans too.
    Oh by the way, I need a report on the report of the scans that were scanned and keep copies of that because you certianly don't want to be on "a list".

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    PARS is not a bad system overall in my opinion. I think that where it fails is not giving the carriers access to the COA's. Many times a customer's writing will be illegible. When we used to be the first person to see these COA's, we would look over them and correct the incorrect or illegible parts. Now the COA's are processed and we get reports pertaining to incorrect addresses, etc. So extremely inefficient and time-consuming. Let the carrier have access to the COA before it is sent to COARS so we can be sure it is as correct as possible. This won't eliminate errors to the destination address, but it will improve the system.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    Agree 100% that this is a stupid, inefficient, and unsafe practice. I am lucky to be a rural carrier with a POV so I have a little more leeway, for now, as to how I process and deliver my mail. It is much safer to have it all together and easy to grab and put in the box than to have to sit at a box, sometimes in VERY heavy, fast moving traffic fumbling through three or four bundles of mail. This practice illustrates just how unconcerned for our safety the post office really is.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    We are not allowed to have any personal items at all at our cases. No calendars or anything.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    Do you really want to fix the Post Office??? The private sector rewards hard work!!! The Post Office rewards hard work with more work! I'm a letter carrier and I have been relegated to maintain a bus drivers schedule via the "MSP SCANS" in fear of getting an even larger route!!! Great incentive! Lets end the non-sense. I would give-up overtime rules for the "INCENTIVE" of not having to punch-out on a clock. Determine a fair yearly salary for the size of the route and build in a quarterly or semi-annual review of volume adjustments to maintain fairness for both parties. The overtime desired list would be utilized to "cover" open routes. Eliminating overtime and end-of-day clock rings would eliminate unproductive behavior because there would be nothing to gain by being "slow" and furthermore it would incentivize the workforce toward effiency which would translate into INCREDIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE! As part of our incentive, drop MSP scans, allow us to manage our own routes i.e set them up in proper line-of-travel for speed and on heavy volume days allow us to roll standard mail to the next day and most importantly allow us to prepare and carry our mail as we see fit. For me that would be a 1 bundle system put together in the office in a fixed weather environment lowering the "labor-intensive" street-time to a minimum which would reduce our bodies physical wear-and-tear not to mention accidents!

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 7 months ago

    Stop Saturday delivery stop processing on Sunday. Get rid of all the vice presidents to PMG except one. Why does the USPS need so many vice presidents? Lats it I checked the United States had one vice president.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    Perhaps if clerks and city carriers were salaried employees and really had a opportunity to save money and improve service then the Postal Service would reduce the number of supervisors needed to bring the slackers in line!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    you have to take your items in every night because if it is time for maintenance your truck might not be there in the morning.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 months ago

    removed my last post because I mentioned a name???
    what is up with that?

    anyway.

    how about this rule.

    lets close the duplicating department and then contract out the printing of labels and mailings to customers.

    retail sales wanted to have something printed in house but was told duplicating was closing so they checked around and found it would cost $180,000 for one print job. this is more then what is costs to run an in-house print shop for a year and this is just one job!

    who makes these rules just to save money? where is the savings here?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago

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

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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

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