• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    The stupidist rule is we have a "goal" of 5 minutes or less wait time in line. We are considered "successful" if we meet that goal 85% of the time.
    5 minutes is an eternity waiting in a line which is why the number one complaint about the PO is waiting. If we want to change our reputation we should have a goal much lower 2-3 minutes or so.
    I understand management is trying to prevent unprductive employee time by always having a line but the same could be accomplished by ensuring other tasks that need to be done are available for window clerks to move to at dead times without ruining our customer service reputation.

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   5 years 9 months ago

    The pundats on TV and radio would make the Postal Service a laughing stock if they priced the First Class stamp in half cent (or less) increments.

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   5 years 9 months ago

    The issue is never far from the revenue rate.
    What exactly is the twixter business model of the USPS?

    Does the Treasury issue the stamps. Or does the
    GPO? We're rapidly approaching a Cost per byte
    world. Simply consider the casino industry.
    What is a coin machine (money tree)?
    A player enters the casino, purchases a "players
    card", and viola!, value is created!!!!
    Value is then risked in a transaction of choice,
    provided "buy" the House.

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo......

    Wouldn't the price of a First Class electronic transmission equal the price of a required postage
    necessary to execute the same transaction?

    How about a secure, encrypted transaction?

    How about a return receipt transaction?

    Well Mr. Big at the OIG???????????

    Don't you guys down there at 475 L'Enfant Plaza have a slew of lawyers and actuaries, that have been tasked
    with this already????

    What do the Congressional Sub Committees at
    Commerce think about it anyway?????

    "Shirley" they've got a report somewhere?

    Does the I-Phone have an APP for that???

    Why is it the responsibility for the USPS to scan the contents of a package??? Is this integrated into the
    cost of the transaction? I thought this was DHS's
    ballywick? Don't they know where the packages are
    in the Commerce System? Is there some privacy issue
    like, To & From at Risk?

    Some Civil Liberty must be getting violated when
    I send a package of golf balls to Uncle Charlie
    as a gift, and somewhere, somebody knows what the gift
    is already, and who Uncle Charlie & I are?

    Perhaps not....

    Who charges the mailer for this service??

    Looks like the Price of Meat is going up again!!!
    In fractional increments, that is.

    It's Action Jackson time Mr. FED-X & UPS.

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   5 years 9 months ago

    Rounding up for purchasing small quantities of stamps would help (a little) to pay for the high cost of selling stamps in small quantities.

    Aunt Minnie faces things that are 3 for a dollar at the grocery regularly. She can deal with stamps.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    "No Lunch Punch" code 093 in DOIS. Can be done any time during the day.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    All your supervisor has to do is enter a no lunch code into DOIS. I believe its 093.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 9 months ago

    why not just go to your printer properties and change the setting to NOT print on both sides?

    by changing the properties you will not have to change it every time you print. and do not believe that changing it when you print will work it will not, you must click the start button and then go to "printers and faxes" look for the printer you sue and change it there.

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

    Tell me why USPS workers need a union?
    Unions clearly cost us all money by forcing the USPS to overpay what unskilled labor workers are truly worth. I say let the market determine how much a USPS employee will accept as fair compensation for a good days work along with the rest of the employers of the world. Disband the union and I bet we could keep at least the same level of service at a much cheaper price and better quality!

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

    Maybe if the employees were higher quality stock the organization could rely on more initiative and fewer managers/baby sitters.

  • 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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.

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