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

    The postal service needs to bring back special delivery which means we still do have Saturday and Sunday runs, just not with a full crew. That is where new hires and overtime with rotating crews come in. It's as simple as common sense. Postmasters need to control the office and deliver mail volumes to their carriers in their station and they aren't met, then a team goes over the results. No need for middle management. Unbloat the management and the postal service remains viable.

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

    you belong at headquarters - awesome post!

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

    Hire backs.

    Example: Level 18=21 PM
    Let them retire without penalty or a small incentive to make up the difference.
    Hire them back at a per diem rate like a TE until the PO gets there feet back on the ground.
    The hire backs would work a 20 hour week.
    Same could be done with EAS 17's in front line jobs.

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

    I remember the UPS strike. At the time I worked in logistics for a large multi-national company. Monthe before the strike we started to divert packages to USPS piority mail. The local USPS sales rep told us that we can not handle any extra packages at our facility, if we want to ship with USPS we would have to take them to the nearest plant. TRUE STORY

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

    That is the best and most thought out plan that I've seen since I've been with the PO.
    Nostradamus for PMG!!

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

    All supervisor postions need to be accountable for all time to show that they can work efficiently. If your automatic clock rings you in for 5:30am that supervisor should be in the office at 5:30am. Instead we have supervisors throughtout the USPS that come in later and have to play catch up all day. Carriers are only in the office until 11:00am. Carriers look to our supervisors for assistance. I know that I do not like to feel as if my question or concerns for the customers mail is not worthy of her time.
    Four weeks ago OIG came to our office and made it very clear that clock rings are not anything you want to manipulate. I feel that if you are on automatic clock rings you have a responsiblity to be there at that time, otherwise you are stealig from USPS.

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

    USPS has fleets of tens of thousands of mail trucks and tractor trailers. Sell advertising space on them to national companies. We could possibly raise an extra billion dollars a year. Sell interior ads in lobbies of post offices to either local companies or national companies just like movie theaters sell ads. Maybe even put in flat screen TV's displaying ads we sell in our lobbies. Sell postmark ads like "drink coca cola" or "drive a ford". We could probably raise a lot of extra revenue there as well.

    To get around concerns about competing with private companies team up with those companies that are already in the outdoor advertising business as partners. I could be wrong but I think there is only one possibly two major outdoor advertising companies.

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

    1. Have one Postmaster over 5 offices(that earn a PM and a Supervisor)and 6 supervisors. The PM works at one office a day and the supervisors work at their office.The sixth supervisor could be like a t-6 and covers leave and day off situations.This would eliminate 3 EAS postitions for every 5 offices.
    2. All the long term injured employees- find them somewhere else to work- keeping them around only makes the other employees fell like they are pulling the load for two people.Spend money to investigate their claims-I bet it would pay for itself easily.

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

    I wish you carriers the best of luck in the future with the U.S. Postal Service. Today your PMG mentioned that the U.S. Postal Service is in Financial Quicksand even with the passage of HR-22.
    2.3 billon last year and possibly 6.7 billon this year is the financial quicksand mentioned most recently. How much red ink can the U.S. Postal Service withstand trying to get out of the financial quicksand?

    What happen to the large telephone companies in the 60's and 70's may be the same type of quicksand Mr. Potter is refering to. How about GM and the auto industry??? The best solution is to work hard and do what it takes to make the U.S. Postal Service viable in the future.

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

    where does one start? First off,I was at my state conv. and heard our DM cry because he said his salary has been froze. Well,I say tough sh--,the rural carriers,city carriers,and clerks have been cut,bet we would all wish our salaries were just froze.

    Another thing,when I started back in 1984,we sorted the mail by hand,no dps letters,no dps flats,and we handled way more mail than we do today. The postmasters and supervisiors had to do stuff manually also. Now how many millions has it cost the USPS to put all the scanners,a fax machine,computer,copier,electronic scales,etc in every office in the country. The USPS says our mail volume has dropped drastically,which it has,so why have we spent all this money on all that equipment when there was signs the mail volume was going to drop.

    Next,I saw a website where you can view anyones salary in the post office. All the big shots sitting behind a desk,not doing the actual work that we all do are making huge dollars,many 100,000/yr,some more than 200,000/yr,and yet they complain their salary has been froze. We could easily eliminate so many management positions in many,many small offices across this country,and save millions. Our fearless leader says he wants to cut 100 million hours. Even if those hours averaged 30.00/hr,that works out to be in the neighborhood of 3 billion/yr. Good idea huh,well when we are projecting a 6 billion loss this year,we are still 3 billion short.

    A strange idea,why not sell advertising on stamps? Do we need movie stars,presidents,cars,animals,etc on stamps? Why not do a study and see what major companies like coke,nike,gm,ibm,pepsi,etc would pay to put their logo on a first class stamp. Just an idea,but maybe worth looking into.

    Bottom line is,the USPS needs to fix things now to generate revenue. This can't be a long term idea,because at the rate we are losing money,we can survive like we are. I just dont know how we have slipped so deep in debt so fast. Yes,a big factore is the internet,our dwindling mail volume,but I think Potter and his cronies have done way to much wasted spending that didnt need to be done. Nobody says anything,but who paid for all the t-shirts they want everyone to wear,where did the money come from to sponser a bike riding team,etc. In my mind,pretty foolish spending when our company is facing troubled times.

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

    There isn't a person in my office who doesn't have some sort of work related physical problem-workman's comp is the last resort if you want to be treated properly. Most of the employees I know have been treated by their own doctors because they just want to feel better and not engage in a long battle with worker's comp and suffer mgt harrassment. On another topic-the PO culture needs serious attention. Politics and corruption rule in my little neck of the woods and if things are this bad in my little microcosm I can't even imagine how bad it must be higher in the food chain. I am a rural carrier , and I know volume is down and my income has gone done, however, during count our pm cheats , bullies and has harrassed employees-I know that some of our income goes to the pm bonus-there couldn't be a more adversarial relationship-morale couldn't be lower-disgust for this organization couldn't be stronger.The union steward told us not to bother to grieve threats, bullying and harrassment in the workplace -too difficult to prove and takes years.Guess what-decent work places don't need unions-guess what -in a decent work environment employees will eagerly give 100%-but we don't work there

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

    This is a great list of ideas

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

    This is an inane comment submitted by too many postal employees. We need to wakeup. The technology and market are changing and evolving and in order to survive, we must change with the times. Trying to ressurect first class letter mail is a waste of time. It's like telling electronic manufacturing employees to purchase VHS videos to keep the technology alive. It's just not going to happen. USPS needs to realize that the art of letters is gone. It is time to put some serious focus on parcels.

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

    TAX online bill payments 50 cents per payment. Also charge each company 50 cents per customer per month that offer to "Go Green". All of this tax money will recoop the money lost by these "Services".

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

    I could not have said this better myself!!! Logs logs logs and more logs.

    District/Area mandated instructions that violate the contract. We just pay the griev to keep it quiet.

    Why do we have areas?

    Why do we have so many districts?

    We do all of our business on telecons now so travel it not an issue.

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

    I think the requirement of being dead 10 years to be on a stamp should be waved and they should put Michael Jackson on a stamp and any other USPS merchandise and products. I'm talking mugs, bags, matted prints, special cancellation etc. The possibilities are endless! Everyone else is cashing in on him , why should'nt the USPS?

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

    Get rid of the BDS bio warfare stuff. It's pretty well agreed that it was a lone nut working for the military that sent the anthrax, but even tho he's dead, we're still spending big bucks daily.

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

    Seems a no-brainer that the USPS should take care of the Census, especially when the Government will pay over 10 billion dollars. Who better know where everyone lives on a day to day basis.........hell, you could probably to it with a push oif a button........better yet, creata a program that could update populations on a weekly basis.........

    Also, the idea that the USPS should be involved with FEMA, if only for logistics, could generate more revenue, AND create more mamangement jobs..........

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

    I believe the Postal Service is top-heavy with management. Reduce the supervisors and managers and create some "real" training for the supervisors and managers that are left. This training would involve people skills: how to motivate, respect, and utilize craft employees best. A course on how to follow the National contract would be especially helpful. The Postal Service has been mismanaged for so many years with a good ol' boy mentality of promoting friends and not by who is the best qualified. It's amazing how many supervisors and managers have no knowledge or experience and once in the position seem to grow huge oversized egos.

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

    someone in a position that matters and can do something had better listen to this guy. if i get excessed i hope i end up in a facility with this person as my supervisor.

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

    Now slow your roll, anon., I don't know about the rest of the folks, but my non-scheduled days are Monday/Tuesday, so my comments will be posted during so-called "working hours". Remember, everybody in the P.O. ain't got banker's hours.

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

    Two ideas:

    1) Close all the CAG K & L Offices as long as there is another p.o. within 20 miles. People drive further to buy groceries then they do to buy a stamp.

    2) Eliminate the many extra levels of management. The USPS is a top-heavy organization. In order to reduce staffing levels, many bean counting tasks would need to be modified or eliminated. For example the job of postmaster and plant manager used to be one position. Now they are two positions with a secretary each. The same can be said of POOMs. Fewer reports generated by underlings means fewer numbers they have to review. i.e. carrier route adjustments and carrier monitoring should be done less often.

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

    First of all,thank you for all postal worker whose doing great job all over the country.

    Back to the subject, how can you save the US postal service?

    That is a good question.

    Look at the past of the postal service was darn good,so you can spend and spend more for this and that were not a big deal, but look at the USPS now, downsizing economy ,people doing on line payment,less mail comes in ,in other words, less money comes in(about 20% less),almost same amount of people still stays in(only 1.7 % early retirement was taken)the agency does not offer any incentives whether they do not want to make a mistake like back in year 2000 or they simply does not want to people to retire and use them until they die I do not know,here is one thing very clear,less money comes in more money they spending will be only one consequence , bankruptcy!

    I have seen the us postal management still doing questionable investment on more machine for example like flat sequencing sorter and maybe already paid the half of the 450 million dollar contract so they still have to keep going even if the mail volume is decreasing,in the name of the it was already done deal.

    I have seen the us postal management spending the money to build the DOCK for 5 million dollar and spending more money for fiber cable contract god knows how much even if the facility schedule to be close within a year and again in the name of the it was already done deal.

    Look at the detail assignment management give each other like buddy buddy system, see how much postal fund spending on those questionable assignment.

    Bottom line,I sure think the sick leave must be not just allow them to use toward the retirement but also they must be able to cash it as well as annual leave .
    so the eligible retirement employee can have little incentive by the leave they earn by themselves.

    what is wrong with that?

    us postal service cannot give them incentive so as the government right?

    listen,they need a money to retire to survive this tough economy(gas and everything rising)

    that way the management will get what they want(# of people retire) that will be No layoff or stupid moving around employee from facility to facility by excess or closure.

    so the focus point of my comment is balancing the agency .

    1.balancing the money in and out,

    2.balancing the management and employee,

    3.balancing between agency and the public

    If the office of general can do this the postal service will be thrive again,

    if not, it will be the sinking ship in the middle of the economy whether they get the help or not

    thanks for seeing my comment.

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

    VERA doesn't seem to be a popular option, but offer it to FERS employees who are retired military. They often don't meet the conventional VERA criterion of federal years of service, but many are 50 years old with at least 10 years of service. They usually have health care coverage through the military, so continuing medical coverage isn't a factor in determining when it's feasible to retire from the Postal Service. I am one of these individuals: Military retiree, over age 50, with 12 years civilian service. If offered early retirement based on the standard FERS formula (1.0% x average high three salary x years of service) WITH NO REDUCTION, I would accept. I don't know how many Postal employees fall within these parameters or how much money would be saved, but it's worth looking into.

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

    Look at General Motors which is now controlled by the Government. They just cut headquarters management by 50% and over all management by 35%. This would be a great start. The position of Postmaster could be totally eliminated and know one would even notice they were gone. Any position in the Postal Service that does not touch mail should be looked at, with all non essential positions eliminated. That is how REAL business models are set up.

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