• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    I know technology is a great thing and it is very useful to the longevity of some companies as well as the USPS but when you have a machine that sorts letters like the DPS machine and is NEVER 100% accurate then there is a problem. I'm not looking for a perfect machine and I know there is no perfect human. For the past 2 years the Letter Carriers in my office (district)have been told to deliver any mis-sequenced DPS 1st class letters (daily). We have seen gas prices sore, our wages increase and mail volume decrease yet it is a big waste delivering a mis-sequenced 1st class letter.
    My opinion is either:
    1. Stop making Letter Carriers deliver mis-sequenced DPS.
    2. The time you spend having clerks run our DPS is the time I could case my own letters with better accuracy than a DPS machine. That means I don't waste time driving around in the afternoon deivering mis-sequenced DPS. That means it saves gas, time and our pride because when my customers have weird looks on their faces for getting mail twice in one day. Is that a good image for the USPS? Multi-million or billion dollar machines and a human is still correcting it. The customers are trying to figure why the Letter Carriers don't sort the mail in the first place? I should not be getting letters for other routes, states or countries like I have been. Let us case our own mail if you are so worried about the 1 st class bill I have to deliver when I'm done on my route.
    3. Do not implement the FSS. The USPS is wasting money trying to fit the machines in buildings. The same results will happen as the DPS machines. The USPS need to start relying on the best products that they have, their employees.
    4. USPS management needs to be compliant with the contract, same as the employees. I've done over 400 grievances in 3 years and have won all but 36.
    5. Make managers be accountable for unnessesary grievances. When an employee loses a grievance, that employee suffers the results of that action. When management loses the grievance, what happens? Nothing. No penalty. No incentive to stop violating the contract. Simple. Saves money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    My idea is take away USPS provided cell phones from postmasters and everyone else. These people make anywhere from $80K up and I think they can provide their own phones. I can't even imagine how much money that would save.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    CSRS employees need an incentive to go. Add 5 years or even a month for each year and there will be a lot of "older" guys (and gals) leaving.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Go to NDCBU boxes on every street corner! That would save money in two ways.

    1) Injury rate among carrier craft would plummet, saving the USPS BILLIONS over many years!

    2) Routes could be made longer, because putting mail in a NDCBU box would be MUCH more efficient, than delivering house to house!

    If customers complain, tell them postage rate increases will be held to a minimum, becuase of increased productivity.

  • Reply to: To Cut or Not to Cut: That's the Negotiating Question   5 years 9 months ago

    RARC host, this is in rebuttal to your comment on my earlier post. I don’t think you get it; viewed from whatever perspective the status quo is driving us to bankruptcy. When I have to do the work of disassembling a piece of equipment, transporting parts to be welded and the reassembling the equipment and then go to a contractor to pay the welder because we have no means to pay the bill, something is wrong. There is no reason we could not have done an ebuy transaction and paid with a no fee money order other than some petty bureaucrat being incapable of independent thought. You will never convince me that going through FSO to pay our bills is cost effective. The actual cost of the welding was approximately $50.00, how much do you think the postal service paid out? If this were an isolated incident I could grumble a little and forget about it, but this is how business is done.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    You took the words right out of my mouth. The only incentive city carriers have is a paycheck and going home when they are done. With the fluctuation of mail the way it is we need definitely look at evaluating all routes. The way it is now city carriers go slow for more dough. This will eliminate that old paradigm and give them some incentive. Most city routes can be done in 5-7 hours. The old school of carrying mail has them waiting on the street or slowing down to make 8 hours. Makes no sense.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Pay employees a lump sum pay-out of their sick leave as an incentive to take the VERA. You will have many takers. Rather than attaching sick leave to their retirement this is money already committed and it want hurt the buget. Of course, this must come with no strings attached or retrictions.

    I think the USPS can start saving a bunch of money in a hurry.

    Reply ifyou are CSRS emmployee wanting a way out with incentive

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Closing small offices would be more of a hassle than it is worth. You would be spending more money in fighting the citizens than the money you would lose in operations.
    A better option would be to diversify the small office operation, such as having more of them do passports. When I worked in a level 21 office, we had more passport appointments than we could handle. That work could have easily been handed off to a smaller office.

    Another good option would be to team up with other government agencies to share work. It would save the other agencies money, and it could help to small PO's turn a profit. Think of them as mini government centers.

    Finally, and I keep saying this, give customers a free PO Box in lieu of rural delivery. This is a very easy way to save millions.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Cut managment we do not need area vice presidents,presidents,there is just way too much middle to upper managment and from what im reading potter and his top people are still making bonuses. ALso nobody else gets hired. Make walking routes curbside when someone retires so that no new position can be made. Keep what people do have a job employeed, rent out the side of postal trucks to advertising.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Isn't that what all of the micromanaging is for that we have already?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    First, USPS needs to cut down on the redundant management positions. Second, USPS needs to go to an evaluated delivery pay system for City Carriers (Way too much OT being paid out). Third, USPS needs to train management to follow the Union Contracts. USPS pays out way too much money for work that was never performed in settlements. Fourth, Contracts need to be renegotiated. The 8 hour guarantee needs to go. Too many employees sitting around with no work. Employees should pay the same amount as other Feds for health benefits. Finally, offer a VERA with some kind of incentive to cut down the ranks. The USPS does not need to lay anyone off. There is more than enough work for everyone. We just need to be able to move people to where the work is.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    here! here!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Actually, making customers rent PO Boxes in lieu of rural delivery would save millions. Reinstate the old half mile rule where if you are within a certain distance of an office, you would be required to get a no fee PO Box. There would be roughly a $130 savings per delivery point. It's not like they would travel much farther than many people with CBUs, their mail would be safe, and it would increase the productivity of the level 11/13 offices. I wish that they would give this some serious consideration. Either that or start charging for delivery, which in any other business would be considered the "premium service".

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    What do postmasters in big offices do anyways? There should be a detailed itenerary mailed to us carriers in the moring from ONE manager in the district that we answer to, not two hundred, which record every petty thing that ammount to nothing but wasted paper and payroll. That kind of nonsense is killing the postal service, not effiency of carriers. Wake up USPS, you are doing this to yourselves because you are too bloated. Streamline managementand we will be bleeding green!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    One of the ways to make money would be to have tracking of a package or letter that is sent first class or priority overseas.Many of our customers want this.

  • Reply to: To Cut or Not to Cut: That's the Negotiating Question   5 years 9 months ago

    Its is all about ego, power and compliance. Good ideas are usually treated with disdain. They will require work and possibly make the management appear short sighted. Therefore if your ego comes before your desire to increase efficiency then most ideas will be trashed. There are absolutely no educational requirements for even top level PCES orhigher level EAS 20 and above. Why? Can the Post Office survive with uneducated executives in charge of this so called National Treasure?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Okay if we get rid of the sat. deliver you better prey like hell to get someone to cover your route. No RCA or te are going to stick around hoping and preying for your vaction once a year or the day your too sick to report.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    1) Do away with the no layoff clause.

    2) Have a single union which would represent the UNIVERSAL Postal Worker (MH/Clerk/Carrier/Salesperson/etc.)

    3) Create a base pay system and incentive plan for continued exceptional performance.

    3) If items 1,2 & 3 are in place then there will be no need to have as many layers of management so both the supervior and admin staffs could be greatly reduced.

    Additional Items:

    - Close small post offices that do not generate enough revenue to support the salary, rent, utilities and supplies spent on having a local Postmaster

    - Focus more efforts on generating NEW revenue

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    The first question regarding the best choice to improve the po should have the option to choose "all of the above". If you could pick the order of preference of nthe answers, I would pick eliminate Saturday. Yes, it would cost a lot of jobs, but we have too many people, craft and management. We could lose some business, but if done correctly, not too much. Bring in a certain amount of staff to deliver express mail and priority mail parcels. Our office of 70 routes would need about 6 people to do that, with no supervisor, as it is on Sunday. Some carriers lost to the 5 day delivery could be kept on as PTFs to do this and fill in during the week. We will not lose letter or flat mail to other companys, but we nned to protect the other stuff. Before any of us were born, the PO was deliverying mail 7 days a week. No one seems to miss that. Times change. For some reason the po and the unions do not ever change with them. It is almost too late for us to recover. Implement ALL the options in the first question and we may be able to stay afloat

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    You hear the Postal Service has no money for incentive to retire - do what the state Of New York did, give 1 month for every year of service as an incentive. Push out the CSRS employee with an encentive, so the Postal Service can set up a less costly retiement system for the service in the future. Don't wait till tomorrow do it today

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    put all the mailboxes back on the corners. keep our visibility. thats what keeps us in business. we are everywhere. keep it that way.. thats what i hear from my customers at the window. cut management big time. keep six day delivery.. if we dont our competitors will.. and its another nail..in the coffin..

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Incredible as it is... we need to remember our mandate... Mail delivery to every US citizen at their address. Since we are not funded by tax dollars, we should charge the Federal government 8-10 bucks an address ONE time a year. That would add up to a couple of BILLION dollars... do away with the Areas - allow the districts to provide SUPPORT to the field rather than demanding the PMs do ONE more checklist. Go back to giving the citizens Mail SERVICE.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    How about getting rid of double Sunday Premium. Employees that come in for Monday but start at 23:00 on Sunday get a full day of Sunday Premium. Actually just get rid of Sunday Premium all together and save. And as long as we are on extra pay might as well drop night differential pay.

    It cost Postal Service a lot of money on fuel. There are electric cars that run well on America roads. Or converting our postal vans to run on electricty.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Absolutely! At my office part of the DBCS machines are at one office and some are at the main office. We, who work at the substation, are on idle time much of the night while waiting on trucks to bring our mail from the main office. Absolutely makes no sense when we are trying to save money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    I agree, hold those supervisors and upper management accountable for every greivance lost which cost the Postal Service.
    Handle all greivances at the lowest level without upper management intervention.
    This will undoubtedly create a better work environment since the employees Supervisors know the employees best and know what their problems are.
    Hold the Supervisor accountable for failures to comply.

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