• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Yes- Things like keeping volume. We live in the modern age when one could simply put a counter on the machines in the plant and know exactly to the piece what everyplace is getting. We cannot function like a business because we spend most of our time documenting how much work we did, or scanning things and printing it out to prove we did it, instead of concentrating on actually doing productive work. It would be more beneficial to teach management how to motivate employees, and then empowering them, than to establish controls to make them prove they did there job and printing reports to show. Have you ever cacualted the cost throughout the Postal Service for printing out SPMS and CPMS reports? The cost in money, not to mention trees must be truly staggering. I used to be able to go out to the drop box and get the letters and dsipatch them. Now I must go out and get the letters, scan the barcode, download the scanner, wait for it to show on the computer that I scanned it, then print out and file the sheet. Something for which I should be paid 30 seconds pay now generates 10 minutes of work. Just so the higher ups can get a bonus for 100%. Refocus on doing the work, and motivating employees to want to do their best. Focus the PMs time on interacting wth the customers and not spending the whole day doing reports.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Being forced to carry a satchel at all times! The bag is needed often, but being forced to carry an empty bag is just stupid! It gets caught on doorknobs and rails all the time, wrenching the shoulder. It is also nice to give the shoulder a break once in awhile. Then, you have supervisors just driving around making sure you are carrying an empty bag. Give me a break!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    We postmask customers letters. We open our drawer anytime we need. We have an extra $100 for change. We even tape customers boxes that look like they need a little extra. We have a "take a penny, leave a penny" jar.
    Isn't it strange as to how NOT standardized we are?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Having a workhour budget for clerks mandated from District to individual offices.
    Certainly understandable to use as a guideline to keep control on the budget, but a PM is the best to know what work is required and how many hours are needed to run their office.
    Decision making is NOT pushed down.
    Simple fix, hold the PM's accountable and let them work their office the way they determine.
    Hmmmm? might have better window service
    Hmmmm? might have accountables done properly
    Hmmmm? might have PO boxes available because the locks are changed.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about the rule (F-101) that says we can't exceed 12 weeks sales amount for the total office stock balance in a manual office? That would make sense if we didn't have commemoratives that we can't sell, bird stamps that aren't really postage, and clerk drawers that only get used periodically (in a manual office due to clerk sharing, etc.). Since manual offices cannot be on SIA (due to the rules), they should have additional leeway in determining stamp stock levels. The first of the month is coming and I am out of COILS!! The Area shut down the SDO shipments, and I don't have stamps to sell my customers! This was to be my regular shipment week!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Why do we have to empty our trucks of any work gear every night, and then lug the gear back to the truck in the morning? It makes much more sense to leave my mailbag & raingear in the truck, where I will actually need it, and to have empty tubs for outgoing mail and nixies ready for the next day.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about "no clocks allowed" where the customer can view them. Supposedly this is to keep them in the dark as to how long they are waiting for sevice. Maybe the should "check" their watches at the door as they enter. Good Grief!

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 11 months ago

    Apparently no one commenting here is an automation clerk. Eliminating saturday or sunday processing will not make the mail go away. Eliminating saturday delivery will make every monday a three day nightmare for carriers instead of just holidays. Weekend processing is done with much smaller crews. Since sunday to monday DPS is the heaviest volume of the week, saturday to sunday is all first pass, with a final first pass and the large second pass done sunday to monday. It would be impossible to process all of that mail on one night, especially since most machines run two separate DPS programs.

    As for tour 3, the same applies. Delaying the mail by one day does not make the volume any smaller. Again you will have too much mail to run on a single tour before tour 1 shows up and wants their machines and their mail. Our tour 3 standard volume is identical on weekends or weekdays. The only difference is that now our saturday outgoing has been shifted to a larger facility. And on many occasions our tour 3 sunday first class scf volume is larger on sunday than on any other day.

    These ideas are the creation of management that gets bonuses for eliminating jobs, not for efficiently processing and distributing the mail. The collapse of the USPS began when it started being run "as a business" rather than as a Service.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    I think the PARS system is the dumbest thing that has happened. Carriers are the last person to know of someones move, when they should be the first! And to take away the carriers access to the forwarding information? for security? oh but the clerks can access it, no problem. somehow they are more trustworthy? I have more problems with people not filling out the change of address correctly, and I no longer can help them.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    All rules that ALL USPS emplyoyees are to go by in the office that management directs us to. Then we watch management be the first ones to break the rules.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Another dumb thing un the P.O. is the hoy case and the 3m case.Heck get rid of the case alltogether. With FSS rolling out we should be fully automated.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    As city carriers we are not allowed to case dps or occupants which leads to a 2 to 3 bundle system. Soon with FSS rolling out, we will be juggling up to four bundles. All carriers know that a one bundle system is the best way to go.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Build a new station install five security monitors INSIDE, then keep our dps mail OUTSIDE the building with no cameras, and no employees outside. drive right into the postal parking lot stop and pick up whatever amount of mail you want and drive right out the exit. no cameras, no employees, just easy pickings for thieves
    Gotta love the fools in charge!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Window clerks cannot open their cash drawer unless they are making a sale. Window clerks cannot keep more than $100 in their drawer overnight; but we can make customers wait until we find someone with change;Oh, then we can't open our drawer until we make another sale. Window clerks aren't allowed to postmark letters for customers. Mystery shopping "upsell script" Everyone hates this foolishness including supervisors and postmasters. Soon to be a retired SSA.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    For blood drives, the rule you must badge out to give blood and then badge back in. In keeping with that rule, we should be required to swipe our time badge to enter a restroom and to leave it.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about the unofficial rule that says you need 6 supervisors for every 10 craft?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    I think the stupidist thing in our office is the DUVRS. That means that we must keep track of the volume of mail we get. The clerks are already keeping track of the volume. Why do we have to keep track too?!!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about the moronic rule about having personal items with us at our cases? I will never forget the time the POOM stopped at my case to tell my I couldn't have any personal items with me. When I asked her what personal items she was referring to, she pointed at a pack of gum, a box of kleenex, and a bag of cough drops. My only reply was "You drove 100 miles to tell me that? No wonder we're going broke."

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Today I had to sit in the break room on standby time instead of taking lwop for 15 min????? That doesn't sound like saving money to me!! No good explination as to how this was better for the company either.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Oh this one's easy: disallowing single cell casing -- as opposed to bulk casing -- for NDCBU boxes.

    You should inspect a carrier with NDCBUs and calculate the difference in delivery times between having their mail bulk cased vs. single cell cased. Delivering an NDCBU one piece at a time (bulk cased) -- as opposed to one address at a time (single cell cased) -- should yield some interesting results. And the difference in office times is negligible.

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