• Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    With what we need to know, I don't see how Window/Distribution clerks should make minimal wages like the ups and fedex clerks. They work 4 hours per day. We work at least 8. The knowledge we have in our heads should mean something.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 10 months ago

    First let me say I am not an employee of the USPS but a customer. I cannot in vision the US without the USPS. Through the posts I have read the answers I always see is cut management for craft workers. The answer I see from mamagement is cut craft workers. Neither is right. I have been on both sides in the private sector. Management and craft have to work together to make a better USPS in these bad economic times. I really don't think that all USPS employees know they have a decent job especially in these economic times.. If you are unhappy with you job just try one in the private sector. I sure it won't take long for you to change your mind. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence is true.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Either you are a boss or you are a liar...your telling me that you wouldn't want to be paid fairly like ups or fedex (we do more work in a day than they do and get paid less) It's people like you that make a mockery of these kinds of forums!!!!....SHAME on YOU!

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Ive carried mail for 25 years and havent complained about my pay, rural carrier, but when you folks get raises we get mail counts, and our salary goes down, we add new homes our salary goes up, then we get a raise up again, then we get another mail count and we make less than we made years ago, we are treated poorly, and myself and a lot of others always thought it would get better, guess what its still worse! Started working for PO 6 days a week 25 years ago and now working 6 days a week for less pay than a year ago! PO puts in machines and tells us we now get paid one minute for every 27 flats we deliver, funny our time goes down for this, but keeps the city boys working 8 hours a day on 6 hours worth of mail! People need to be treated fairly, and a lot of Postal Managers need stats , whether they are there or not!

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Just as I thought. The posting of comments on this board are screened, and those not liked although appropriate are removed. Let's see how long this one stays. I posted earlier (it disappeared/was removed), that since the employee opinion survey information was used by postal management in past contract negotiations it seems the OIG is now being used as a tool for management to gain more information. Lets be honest: 1st people knew the wage base when they made their decisions to hire in. 2nd If there is locality pay then Postal Service should continue paying the same rates with future raises however those in higher cost of living areas should be paid more!

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Those on IOD should not be allowed to work overtime. After all they need all the healing time possible.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Comparable pay should be the norm. Or you will end up with inferior employees. There clearly should be locality pay.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    ELIMINATE TACS/ERMS!

    What a waste of time for management. USPS is the only Federal agency that reguires employees to punch on a clock. I hear managers/supervisors all the time complaining about all the hours it takes to implement the timekeeping process.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    OIG,

    Until you been there, done that, why do you put your nose were it doesn't belong?

    Besides, management runs the show (and you see how a wonderful job there doing taking care of themselves) and beating up the customer services I hope, not just suck off top of the revenue's, then want to lay-off the workers!

    First you have to have people whom know and want to make money, understand transportations, and what vehicles you need vs. some slick salesmen (Telling you what to buy)!
    Coming down to the trenches would be a GREAT start and ask the workers, and not by bias employee surveys!
    You might not like what you hear..... but you might learn also and get (1) good idea, but I doubt it?
    Until you get a PMG like Ross Perot, and dump the board of governors, it will keep going down hill.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    AFTER OVER 30 YEARS IN THE PO AS A CARRIER, MY ARGUEMENT WENT ON DEFT EARS,WE NEED AN AREA COST OF LIVING LIKE UPS FOR WAGES, NOT THE SAME PAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    as a postal employee for many years it would be unfair to anyone to try and change the way the postal employees are compensated for their work. every American had the opportunity to take a civil service test, many did but did not score well enough to get into the postal service. When i took the test and passed high enough to get in, would i have taken the job if i knew down the line my salary would be impacted to match private sector jobs? I could have merely taken a fireman or police test and gotten in.
    i live in a high cost of living state so my postal salary is not as great as some may think, if it wasn't for another job and another income i would not be able to afford to live in the state.
    i feel bad for many people that are out of work or have low paying jobs, but is that the fault of the postal employee?

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    I agree your opinion!

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Postal carrier jobs are comparable with those at FEDEX and UPS as they are similar in nature., thus the pay scale should be similar. Mail processing and mail handler work is less strenuous and it is somewhat difficult to associate a similar job to determine a comparable wage. Administrative jobs should be fairly easy to compare with those at the GS level and pay should be comparable. However, in all cases, area wages should be included.

    Area wages should be determined by "buying power" rather than by just a dollar figure. As an example, if it takes 50k a year for postal employees in the mid-West to live in a 3 bedroom house, buy a new car every 5 or 6 years, and take his family on a decent vacation every two years, than that should be their salary. If achieving the same lifestyle in California or New York equates to 80k a year, than that should be the salary in those states.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Carrier Pay should be in the ball park of UPS.
    General blue collar labor for Mail Handlers and Custodians is really high for my area of the country.
    Clerks seem high too.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Since Congress and the President seem to want to charge postal employees a higher percentage for health benefits and life insurance "just like all the other federal agencies" then we should be paid General Schedule "just like all the other federal agencies" and we should get locality pay, yearly raises, COLAs, and MetroChek "just like all the other federal agencies." Since we are all aware of the number of postal employees moving over to OIG (and other agencies) and nobody at all moving from OIG (and other agencies) to USPS, it is clear that there is general agreement with my point within both USPS and OIG.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Other federal agency's recieve locality pay while the USPS does not. That additional money makes a big difference in your pay. I have never understood why the USPS does not offer this to there employee's. Can anyone help me to understand why?

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Yes you are all right the post office should match all the wages of an entity that does exactly what they do, the paper boy, and the garbage man, they are both also into garbage distributation except the garbage man is in the collections, deliver junk, pick up junk i dont get it. buy more equipment to process the trash perhaps a compactor and eliminate the middle man

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Regional pay is working in other government employees wages and salaries, including our own Military and National Guard. It is about time to pull the Post Office in also.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Bad idea. Are you really going to pay people living in the coldest, worst weather areas less money than their fair weather counterparts?
    Sure, the cost of living is lower in say, Wisconsin or Michigan. But they are out braving the worst roads, and walking conditions and cold weather.
    They are out when schools are closed and when other businesses are shut down due to snow storms or below zero conditions.
    They have to buy more expensive equipment, 4 wheel drive vehicles, while the higher cost of living areas need......air conditioning.
    Do you REALLY think they should be paid less when they are out putting their LIVES on the line while the rest of the working population in their area is home, watching the storm from inside the house?

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    I think locality pay is long overdue. Pay what is required in the local markets to get people qualified to do the work required. However, let's get away for this inflated sense of self importance and overly complex position descriptions. The work is pretty routine. If you are a carrier follow the mail and put it in the right box-pretty simple. If you are a clerk, your job is much less complex than a bank teller who makes 50% of what PO clerks make. Most letter carriers and clerks make over 50K - ridiculous!

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    Don't we have a contract,isn't that how we do business.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    The wages should be different depending on region. I work as a level 10 for the USPS and my wages are just above poverty in california. There should be some type of regional compensation.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    When discussing pay, the craft employees should not be the only ones brought up. Postal management could be compared to the private sector, also, which would not be a pretty picture. While Postal craft workers could be compared to UPS and FEDEX workers, who are paid more and have better benefits than us, postal supervisors could be compared to managers at fast food places, with salaries in the $20-30,000 range. The Postmaster General, on the other hand, could be compared to a major business CEO, and could be paid millions. Since we are a Federal business, our craft wages are set by negotiated contracts, and the managers are just set accordingly.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    cool, base my salary as a city letter carrier against that of ups, theyre elivery drivers are up to $29.00/hr, while the nalc top pay is at about $26./hr

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity   5 years 10 months ago

    The fact of the matter is that there is only one pie from which to draw salaries. Why should it be sliced up based on the location of your workplace. We all do the same job...we should receive the same pay. The Postal Service is not going to come up with more money...they will just take it from some and give it to others.

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