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

    Not to mention the waste of fuel sitting idling while fingering DPS-duh. Less time on the road, fewer accidents, less likely to be around school kids and people getting home from work.I'm betting that someone is so invested in the machinery that they can't see or don't care what the effect is in practice. Same thing with the flat sorter-we saw a retro fitted LLv and every carrier in the room noted that there was no room for parcels-not an inch-now that we have invested billions in the flat sorters no one is going to modify or back down from this plan-it's someone's baby and I'm sure that someone has enough clout to go full steam ahead-no matter what the consequences are-forget the fact that we no longer get enough flats to fill the LLV's-we'll be hauling partially empty racks around town-now that's efficient.

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

    In response to item 4-our pm has taken every opportunity to cheat on counts the last several years(this doesn't even count threats and bullying)-I'm sure this person gets a bonus for a portion of the amount that is stolen from rurals. we have a work culture that rewards cheaters and promotes a 'them vs us ' mentality. When people talk about helping the postal service I think of co-workers and can't even stand to think about helping this cheating, slacker keep getting a bonus for cuttting the budget.

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

    I'm now retired,however,I always found the cost associated with meeting(Bulk mail system)the Van unloading time standards as a terrible waste of money.
    As an example , a trailer arrives at a facility(BMC)and the requirement is to unload that Van within 18 hours,or whatever the time is now. Now we as managers will often do whatever it takes to meet the standards and don't show delays. So we unload the Van place the contents on the floor,and guess what! as far as reports go we are OK.

    That simplified example(above) more times than not,causes an overtime situation. Most of the personnel associated with that operation is aware of our commitment to the time standards, so the craft and sometimes even the supervisor will create a situation that requires additional time, and we can believe whatever theory throws at us(shouldn't happen with procedures in place and etc,etc)but even to the vigilant manager, it becomes sometimes impossible to avoid. This should be revisited, doesn't advance the mail. When the 18 hr rule was put in place, the cost associated with that was just unbelievable to me,it turned out to be one more excuse to work extended hours. This of course pertains to facilities that do not have a tour following them. That is just one small example, I can probably write a book, the unnecessary overtime,is a major issue, and it happens when managers make their reports based on hours rather than money,you can say to the manager well it cost me an additional 8 man hours to unload that van (2 hours 4 mh) doesn't sound too bad,but if you tell the manager that it cost you $280.00 to unload you might get a different reaction.

    Enough from me though these are just issues that I used to try(very hard)to address and was looked at like I had more that one head (3).I often asked the question show me on paper where this insanity pays off.

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

    1. evaluated routes for city carriers...they are taking 8 hours and alot of days O.T. for delivering 6-7 hours worth of mail. 2. cut management...we don't need the ratio of management to workers that the P.O. is currently operating with. 3. no bouneses... I come to work everyday for my paycheck only and so should everyone else.

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

    I'll reply.......why were we assessed a "penalty"???? We don't want cash, we would take a full annuity "with no strings attached". I'm CSRS with 30 yrs. of service in and 50 yrs. old; Why was I sent two retirment packages with "penalties" attached??? If you really want the CSRS employees in similar situations as I am in, then why offer a voluntary early retirment if you're going to "penalize" our annuities??? This made no sense whatsoever.

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

    In total agreement. Why was the "penalty" assessed??? Give those who qualify for VERA their full annuities and it will be overall better for the service in the future. A VERA was offered, but it wasn't a true voluntary early retirement because they assessed a "penalty" for not being 55!! If you want to truly see a cost savings and reduce expenses, give those who qualify for the VERA their full annuities without "penalty" and the cost savings will be SUBSTANTIAL!!

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

    AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY, why the "penalty". Stop penalizing employees who've already put in 30 yrs of service just because they are not yet 55 yrs. old!! It won't cost the USPS any "pay out" money at all. Just stop assessing the "penalty". We don't want $25000 dollars. We just want our full retirement in order to save the business. The USPS would be potentially saving approx. $30000 dollars a year on my salary alone if they would just stop the "PENALTY"!!

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

    Ed, #4 is ABSOLUTELY on target! Why the penalty?? If there was a real need to reduce costs, then why not let the people with 30 yrs in and say 50 yrs old retire with full annuity?? The cost savings would be substantial! I liked the comment someone made about Mr. Potter; Won't he receive some type of cash "bonus" when he retires?

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

    You're too conservative on your estimate for what the non-workers (manager's) yearly salary is. $61,000 is really a shameful $110,000.

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

    Two ideas to submit:

    1. Setup City carrier routes the same as Rural Routes. Rural carriers get no overtime except during the Christmas Holiday. Times are established for the route and that is what the carrier is paid. This idea would eliminate overtime, reduce grievances based on requests for additional street time and reduce the total number of Supervisors needed at the Stations.

    2. Mandate that carriers gas their delivery vehicles first thing in the morning. Gasoline expands when heated. The volume of gas per gallon is actually greater in the morning than in the afternoon due to the heat of the day expanding the gasoline in the storage tank. I submitted this suggestion over ten (10) years ago. It went all the way to Headquarters where I was told the dollar savings does not justify the delayed delivery time to our customers. Maybe now that gasoline is over two dollars a gallon and projected to go back over $3.00 per gallon the idea should be re-evaluated.

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

    Let's look beyond the normal way of doing business, let's offer our custumers window service at home, let's allow our carriers to conduct all transactions on the road, let's allow our customers to schedule window service the same way they schedule online for a packace pick up.

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

    How about offering ALL employees an early retirement?
    By that, I mean, quit excluding ET's and maintenance.
    We have seen the writing on the wall and have been planning accordingly. Now that we are prepared to retire and make room for some younger employees, we
    are being excluded from the early offer. Also, a little extra service time or cash would be a bonus.
    I hope someone out there is listening!

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

    If we put a small charge when mail is put on hold it would add up also

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

    The agency should know who is working hard and making $52000 yr who is not working and make $61000 yr.

    The management has to be cut or demoted to lower level,either upper or lower management,without them(50% less) the mail will be still going out No Problem!

    The postal service has clear present financial crisis and it is danger,remember that.

    And like I mention from part 1,the sick leave has to be able to cash it out so the eligible can be retire.

    the Money talks!

    you don't need to make the people excess and compress to the tour 1 even if they have too many people they can bump each other because simply want to make them retire ok?

    how many people can you survive this tough economy without money ?

    Nobody!

    how much money the potter will get after he retire?

    1 million dollar!

    how about us? None!

    and curbside delivery has to be done,and the mailbox has to be install. how?

    the offer to the customer(who doe not have curbside) if you buy the $50 worth of service or stamp you will get the mailbox for free. how is that sound?

    If you are less income like rural area, it will be free.

    remember we are the service to the public.

    One last thing to the Office of inspector general,

    Always who steal the money from the agency it is not far from you .

    take a look inside not outside.

    You will find what you are looking for.

    thanks!

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

    I believe there needs to be a few changes to help the service survive.
    1. Stop the daily argument. The abuses by management are well documented and wide spread.
    Solution: Evaluated routes. Evaluated by an independent agency. There is no trust in the organization. It must be outsourced. Currently there is no incentive to work faster, smarter or harder. the only reward is more work.

    2. Retirement structure for military retirees
    Solution:HR22. This retirement obligation must be taken over by the Treasury like every other Governmental agency.

    3. 5 day delivery
    Solution: Very unpopular with unions. Very popular with membership.

    4. VERA/Right size work force
    Solution: Eliminate the penalty to retire. Many members are ready and willing to go. They can not accept a penalty. Review MRA 55 yrs old to retire. This is a very physical job. 55 is quite old for Carriers. Could be a 25 and out retirement.

    5. Logistics Network
    Solution: Right size the delivery network. 4 drivers sit in my office for 4 hours and leave with 1 piece of equipment with little to no mail when they leave.

    6. Right Size administrative/Supervisory positions.
    Solution: Mandate a Worker to Supervisor ratio. When I was a Leader in the military we supervised with a ratio of 3 leaders to 100 crew. 3-5% should be plenty. You would have to eliminate many of the reports they conceive on a daily basis. A total review of there administrative workload;It seems daunting and unnessesary.

    7. Workforce make-up
    Source: Greater dependency on a T.E workforce.

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

    PMG Potter do you really care on how to make money. It seems to me you have a track record of losing money. Yes I could only blame one for this. You are the CEO of the largest business in the world. You go against the contraxt more so then not. Then when someone says lets case our DPS you and mangement replies it would be against the contract. We would save money. But saving money is not in your interest, so you implemented a program called DOIS. DOIS is nothing more then a management falsifcation input program. There is no human factor and the only result is increased work room floor violence. But you go ahead and keep spending money, buy some more flat sorters and service contracts to go along with that, don't forget to tell congress how we are losing money, you can leave the part out about your purchase approvals. Spend Spend Spend just like the politcal figure heads we voted for. The spending going on in this country will catch up with us in the form of inflation with-in the next couple of years, the Postal Service is there now because we had a head start. How long do you think you would last as CEO in the private sector? To make money we need to centralize all deliveries points. To the Office of Inspector Generals thanks for asking my opinion I hope you find it worthy of being posted.
    Z

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

    OK Here goes. Don't get pissed off. And I hope you all
    follow through.

    And, I already know my sick pay balance identified below, is AS SAFE THE SUN COMING UP Tomorrow.
    But, the USPS continued existence is definately
    on the ropes.

    Now, I'm a techy currently working in transportation, so to set the tone, my answers to poll questions are
    reflected as such.

    Question 1. Introduce Non-traditional Postal Services, i.e. web based, IP, wireless lan/wan etc., intelligent transportation net, similar to other noted comments provided in Brainstorming 1.

    Question 2. Develop Web Based digital mail (Charge new fees for new technology services.

    However,

    I'll bet my sick pay balance, only 1% or less know answers to the following questions. And, to assure accuracy, and prove you're not peeking,

    1. Who is the Chair of the committee?
    2. Who are the ranking members?

    Be honest with yourself.

    1. First ask yourself to name the Congressional committee members that represent the USPS's future, and the districts they are from and which one presides in you're district.

    2. Ask 50 USPS people you work with simply to name
    the Congressional Committee these members belong to.

    The Congressional Committee members who decide the USPS's fate!!

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

    If we convert the current Carriers to the Rural Route concept as far as pay, we would elimate violence on the work room floor sparked by mangement, because times would no longer would be a factor. We would become more efficent, as 99% of all Rural Carriers case all their DPS and in my station there are 2 who start at 7am and are done by 12 noon, with hardley anyone working past 2pm. If we don't chose to do this we can do the later and allow carriers to case all their DPS, on mounted Routes you can save as much as 1 hour a day, at least 2 hours a day if it was Rural as we then would be skipping lunch and breaks. More office time less street time results in less time in a motorized vehicle less chance of an accident, theft or encounter with a disgruntled patron.

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

    Yeah, I never thought of that one. But it is good! As clerks we are responsible for any shortage in our accountability. If we don't follow correct procedures for check acceptance they say we are responsible personally to pay. So, when supervisors and PMs violate our contracts and the grievances result in monetary reward, make those supervisors/PM pay! They are accountable!

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

    Very, very funny! USPS keep on tolerating nepotism, favoritism, idiocy and stupidity. Postal managers always show contempt to good workers and protect the lazy ones. Unions the same. With this kind of working culture and the advent of new communications technology, we will not survive.

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

    I wholly agree....if there is NO MONEY, then why waste it on, for instance, dark blue t-shirts for propaganda use in the summer? In my AO only 3 or 4 of nearly 40 carriers will wear them....just one of many ways I have seen in nearly 20 yrs as a city carrier how we get the job done daily IN SPITE of postal mgt.

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

    Really you need all the idea's. Need to become slimmer and trimmer, reduce supv/worker ratio, give real insentives to the VERA so people take it. And explore new area's like the banking idea, already have money orders do wire transfers and more and secure instant document transfers (fax/email) You need them ALL.

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

    The window clerks at our office have already been instructed to start asking window customers if they would be interested in a P.O. Box.

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

    You can always tell who's craft,and who's management.Management should realize they are on borrowed time.We're getting down to 500,000 craft employees nation wide,but still have 30,000 supervisors,29,000 postmasters,and over 10,000 headquarters.What other business model has this much overhead.
    First reduce management overall by 30%.Then put the rest of management on a salary.No more getting paid for every hour they work.Also make them work split shifts.They have clerk leads to handle customer stuff during the day.Supervisors only need to be on the clock from,8-12,and 3-6.Now that would save a ton of money.

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

    Polls show now is the time the public would accept a change to NO delivery except Express on Sat/Sun. So we should cut Sat delivery by next March. This will create excess delivery employee nationwide. These employees will try to be excessed to vacant positions which are few and far between, so the next step would be layoffs under our contracts.The Whitehouse,Congress, and OMB do not want a 50,000 layoff headline to hit the newspapers so this would push OMB to offer and incentive for ELIGIBLE employees to retire. A refund of your retirement payments for a cut in anuity was done in the late 70's and would cost USPS zero. A 1 yr phase in would be needed to cover the talent drain with a 10% cap at all ofices nationwide by seniority. Option B a $25,000 option bonus would have to be paid for from a budget we don't have funding for, a payback is your money returned to you and costs USPS nothing. It would give a leaner,less costly labor force with Sat/Sun off. Why not?

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