• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Offer all employees, FERS and CRS, up to three years in age and service with no penalty and I believe tens of thousands will retire.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    The Postal Service has a 10 to 1 ratio of workers to Supervisors. Schools don't have that type of ratio they are 18 or 20 to 1. Congress need to have a reduction in force of Management to bring the ratio closer to 20 or 25 to 1. From a cost point of view, they do not contribute to the revenue of the post office just a drain. As a manager remind me an employee either makes you money or cost you money. That's how they should look at these managers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    At least at our post office, they push for ALL the mail to go out Mondays. Why can't they hold back bulk mail until Tuesday (when there is essentially no mail)? Wouldn't this save money on overtime on Mondays, supervisors having to run late mail to the plant, injuries from employees pushing themselves too hard??

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

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  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    The whole culture of the USPS needs to change. We are not the military so don't even try to manage that way. Management needs to be cut to a ratio of 1 to every 50 employees. Eliminate the multiple layers as they are redundant. We don't need POOMs, districts, regions, etc. Upper level management needs to be paid on the Civil Service scale. If you want to get rich, then work in the private sector. The PMG should not make any more than 250 thousand per year and we do not need 44 vice presidents. We do not need management to do data entry. Use light duty people to do all computer entry jobs and work them at least 40 hours per week. If they can't sit and type, then disability retirement is the ticket. Get rid of bid jobs and go to best qualified. Have the people that can perform do the jobs that they are good at. If a person can deliver with speed and accuracy, then make them a carrier and if a person is good with people and can be a good salesperson, then they can work retail. Get rid of the Mystery Shopper program that is a waste of money and is not used for anything but harassment. Also get rid of DOIS as it is flawed and eliminate scan points as it penalizes carriers for going faster. Get rid of the contracts with FedEx and UPS. Those companies cause our on time scores to tank as they are going to take care of their product first before even thinking of our product. Make the big bulk mailers pay their fair share. We are losing money hand over fist by giving them the discounts that they don't deserve. Quit trying to make our lobbies into slick boutiques and go back to selling packaging products and shipping supplies at a reasonable price. Instead of having 204bs, use senior employees as working leaders and as a go between for workers and management. Convert vehicles to flex fuel and stop contracting out vehicle maintenance at twice the cost of doing it ourselves. Offer early retirement with incentives similar to what was offered in the early 90s and get rid of the penalties for being under 62 years old. No more details for management and end the pay for performance program as it is based on bogus numbers. Require managers to have a college degree and to complete human relations training before working with people. Consider converting the USPS back to the US Postal Department under the auspices of the Executive Branch and eliminate the Board of Governors. These suggestions will help put our service back into the black and restore the trust of the American People.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    To all of you who suggest a cut in pay-if you want to volunteer for that, fine. Just don't volunteer my paycheck. I have done what was supposed to be done for 25+ years. My bills aren't going down. I didn't have a hand in running the USPS into the ground, that was upper managements doing. Management is supposed to have control over their workforce but most were too lazy to supervise properly. They let the slugs drag us down and "worked the worker". And the big boys all kept dipping in the pot and getting their bonuses. So don't ask this little peon who has done the right thing day in and day out to take a cut in pay because of this predicament, ain't gonna happen.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Not a comment about this, but rather just an idea.
    We cut lots of plastic straps every day and just throw them away. I don't work in a plant to see how the trays get strapped, but was just wondering why it wouldn't work to modify the plastic trays to accept a quick disconnect type coupler similar to used on dog collars built into plastic lids.
    I have some ideas as to how to actually make this work without adding weight to the trays and maybe save some carrier time. OIG email me if interested.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    I have over 28 years with the USPS. The service has been very good to me. But now I just feel like everyone craft and supervisors will be so much better off working five days versus six days per week.

    For once carriers will have a chance to have a "normal" lifestyle and home life. People will have a chance without scrutiny to to attend recitals, band events, weddings, birthday partys little league games and week end getaways.

    Most people do not even open mail correspondence on the day that it is received. It's a quality of life and a matter of finance and let's not forget the environmental advantages of no Saturday delivery.

    For all of you craft employees that think its a walk in the park for supervisors, please know that the constant attempt to chase dream numbers and beg carriers to pivot everyday, just means that it sucks for all or for every last one of us.

    Thanks for allowing my two cents.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Postal FSS was developed to reduce carrier office time. The project assumed 3 hours of typical pre FSS office time. I am now spending less than 1.5 hours in the office, without the help of postal FSS machines.

    How might this change affect the viability of postal FSS?

    What if we directed our energies to eliminating on the job injuries instead?

    Please see my YouTube videos, and remember, 'Safety Depends on Me!'.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    You have to get rid of management who justifies their jobs by creating unnecessary work to keep themselves busy. Let's get back to basics: collect the mail, sort the mail, deliver the mail. Do again the next day. Management has made a science out of this job and it just isn't that hard. In Phoenix, we have a postmaster and district manager and about 4 others who work hand in hand with these guys and not only are their salaries costing the USPS a pretty penny, but they are also incompetent and keep losing arbitrations and EEO's that cost hundreds of thousands. They kept one carrier (Quintero) off on administrative leave for a year and then terminated her and lost that in arbitration. $52k for the year of administrative, $25k for the 6 months back pay after losing arbitration, and the $$$ resolving it. What happened to the people who caused this....nothing. They not only kept their jobs, they were never disciplined so the chaos continues. Phoenix is a mess and it's all because of Larry James, Postmaster Alvarez, Phil Fife, Joe (Phils Twin), Troy Webber, and Linda Wylie. OIG, come to Phoenix and clean house and give the stations back to the managers and see how they run without these overpaid rulers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Gamefly has alleged undue discrimination in a formal complaint to the PRC regarding the handling (breaking actually) of its DVDs. See PostCom's July 15th homepage for more details. I'm just one letter carrier, but there is no question, based on my experience, that Netflix DVDs were 'culled' or pulled from automation and sorted exclusively, or nearly exclusively, by hand. I doubt Gamefly will ever receive justice. How much is this legal action costing them anyway? What alternative do they have? Would they be better off offering a 'non-predatory' home loan to our postmaster general to win favor? What certain (not all) members of the USPS are doing to certain customers (again not all) is sad and frustrating. Unfortunately, I had a 'hand' in this blatant discrimination.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    The easiest way to save money for the USPS, is to reduce managers and supervisors.

    The redundant levels of management is incredible, you have HQ, Areas, Districts, and then the plants. Managers in the plants cannot even make a decision, they are nothing but puppets for the District Manager but making 6 figures. Districts could be eliminated completely, make the plant people earn their keep and report to Area.

    Reduce floor supervisors, in my facility on the tour I work we have approximately 45 workers, 1 MDO, 3 SDO's and a 204B, thats 1 boss for every 10 workers. Tour 1 has maybe 35 -40 employees with 2 SDO's and 2 204b's. This might be a better ratio then nurses to patients at a hospital.

    Very small PO's get rid of the Postmaster and replace with a higher level clerk, these Postmasters are nothing more then glorified clerks anyway.

    Another costly issue with the Postal Service, is the PMG and the Labor specialists agree to contracts with the unions but lower management doesn't follow the agreements. A good example is the CILO cases in the last few yrs the USPS must have paid close to a half million on these grievances. The contracts are not that hard to follow, if a manager violates the contract he should pay a price for it not get praised.

    These are 2 easy ways to save big bucks for the USPS and we didn't even come close to reducing service in any way.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    I Agree, Hi Speed internet for every address in the U.S. In Japan the Mailman deliver groceries.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Nostradamus has delivered for us! Right on!
    Forget about going to 5-day delivery it will kill all the effort we have made to get more business.
    PMG Potter needs to take a clue from this person or better yet let's make Nostradamus PMG!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    we recently received new vans to deliver mail in.how about making them use e-85 fuel only. if i remember right they said for each penny increase in the cost of gas it cost the post office 8 million dollars. with e-85 costing 10 cents less than regular gas the potential savings would be 80 million dollars.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    IF WE DO HAVE TO GO TO A 5 DAY WEEK I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE 4/1. I AM A REGULAR CARRIER SO I KNOW IT WOULD HURT MY SALARY. BUT I BELIEVE HAVING AN RCA AVALIABLE(WOULD THEY STAY AND WAIT ON MABEY GETTING CALLED SOMETIME?) IS VERY IMPORTANT SO REGULARS COULD GET A BREAK WHEN DESIRED AND WOULD ALSO KEEP A KNOWLEGABLE WORK FORCE TO TAKE OVER AS THE OLDER CARRIERS RETIRE.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Limited duty carries should not be taking clerks jobs.Carriers are being paid a salary that they went out on limited duty maybe 3 or 4 years ago when volume was high so were salaries maybe $60,000.Now being paid that amount doing less clerk work and being paid more than the clerks would be paid to do the work. Carriers routes now have gone down to H and J's they are no where near $60,000. Many many workers are in pain-neck,back,shoulders,wrists,knees and we are still doing our job with taking a decrease in pay . Why are limited duty able to keep such a high pay, do less work or even take clerks work away from them when they can't even do the job they got highed for?
    Get rid of limited duty workers if they can't do the job they were highed for.
    Management - We need trained,educated,productive leaders. WE have too much management that hang around and have carriers do their jobs. Here we are paying management he don't know how to do his job so he has a carrier do his work , than a sub is needed to be paid also to do the carriers job. Definate a lose of money! Mail volume is low salariers need to decrease all around! Be glad we have jobs and benifits.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    What about the lazy unproductive employees who are not injured?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    PLEASE DON'T COMPARE THE USPS WITH FED/X AND UPS. YOU SOUND LIKE THE PERFECT PERSON THAT SHOULD BE WORKING FOR FED/X OR UPS.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!! We will gladly accept.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Remove 90% of OPS, they smack of Machiavellianism, they spend most of the time trying to justify their existence by instituting one useless program after another.

    Remove another 25% of middle management, many are performing one redundant program after another, when you have so many levels of repeated reviews for the very same purpose is flat wasteful.

    Change or drop the exfc scoring, the fact is management manipulates the delivery factors so that it truly isn't representative.

    Get rid of the management incentive program, today's managers could care less about the USPS as long as they can manipulate this program to insure that they get their incentive pay. Put everybody back on the old and same type of pay system.

    Close some small office's, the fact is the rural craft is supposed to be a "PO on wheels" communities would not be adversely affected and the USPS could capture the 2 to 4 hours of undertime that are being paid and not worked.

    Consolidate some other small office's

    Forget evaluated routes, the real savings in the rural craft comes from the fact that it's replacement
    carriers are non-career and have no benefit cost associated with them.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    One thing would be try to be ask each employee across the board to take one day a month without pay, as a furlow day. Start there. it is better than excessing 500 miles.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    All career employees and management take a 10% pay cut.. lets say right now you are making 25 dollars an hour. if you were paid 22.50,you know 22.50 an hour is still 3 times as much as working for burger king or walmart. at 22.50 an hour you can still live quite well and better than most people.

    Stop all payments of overtime, instead for all hours worked in overtime, give equal time off with pay for all excess hours worked.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    ABSOLUTELY!! Why the "Penalty"; If the Board of Governers and the O.P.M. wanted to effectively cut costs by offering "early-outs", why was there a "Penalty" attached to the offer(s)?? If they want people to retire, then let them retire with full annuities and zero "penalty"!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    PMG Runyon had the same idea when he was in charge. I still remember his video news conference on air in our plant. He said, "if you dont touch the mail, we dont need you." He did manage to cut 23,000 manager jobs, hired more carriers/clerks, and the PO made a profit. Since Potter took over, its been all downhill. Just a couple of links on Runyon.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_T._Runyon
    http://directmag.com/mag/marketing_former_pmg_marvin_2/
    http://www.blogofdeath.com/archives/000941.html

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