• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 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 8 months ago

    ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!! We will gladly accept.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO FIX A PROBLEM ANY PROBLEM THAT MAY EXIST IN THIS ORGANIZATION WITHOUT IT SEEMING TO TAKE AN ACT OF CONGRESS)-THAT IS IF YOU CAN GET SOMEONE TO CARE? EXAMPLE-I SUGGESTED THAT WE PARK THE POSTAL VEHICLES SO THAT THE WINDSHIELDS WOULD FACE THE EASTERN SUN SO THAT THIS WOULD HELP DEFROST THEM IN THE MORNING(NO COST TO THE USPS) IT ONLY TOOK 12 YEARS AND 3 POSTMASTERS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. GET MY DRIFT

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Employees should be able to cross-craft. Employees do not run the corporation; management is in place for this responsibility. I think the public would be appalled at the things that employees can get away with at USPS.

    Limited duty personnel hours should be reduced to 20 hours or less only if needed. Several of the employees faking would come off of limited duty immediately.

    There is a “blue” room at local postal facilities where employees sit all day that do not have positions or jobs and still get paid for 8 hours of not working. What does the public call people that sit around and connect free paychecks?

    There are employees that are in a processing center that do not have enough work, let’s be honest mail volume is declining.

    The number one issue at USPS is 80% labor almost twice what it is at FedEx and UPS.

    Congress should grant USPS the opportunity to lay-off employees and reduce work hours for the good of the Postal Service.

    Union employees that have been fired or suspended for stealing, drugs, not delivering mail or not performing official duties should be immediately terminated. DO NOT GIVE THEM THEIR JOBS BACK.

    No Mailhandlers Union. Anyone can load mail on a truck. FedEx and UPS do not have a special group of employees that load mail on the truck. UPS does not even have janitors, if you want more hours the employees sweep the floor and clean the building.

    All new hires can only be hired part-time. Everyone else can be grandfathered in for 8 hours daily.

    Postal Service needs to be able to break these costly leases for facilities not actually being used.

    USPS should have retail boxes and stations in the neighborhood Wal-Mart Stores.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Dead Weight?
    I put up a mailbox, trying to help my carrier, and going from a po box to street delievery. I did this over a month ago. I work in this post office. Even gave a signed slip, that I did not want packages delievered, I would pick them up. After mail was found in the UBBM, with my street address on it, the questions started to come. I was not on the case in a proper label, or even given a slot for my address. How are subs supposed to know where these people are when the older carriers do not care, or have the time to deal with upkeep on the case, because the routes have never been adjusted. And clerks who are putting up the mail after the carrier hits the street. Something needs to be changed with these big routes. Management needs to stop covering up this kind of mess, cut the routes so they are manageable.
    Now I am back changing all of my mail back to the po box. Unbelieveable!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    did you notice this link is in a link that was sent in an email during working hours that if you dont read your emial they will hold that against you too.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    can i ask management to refund the late fee when the bill doesnt get there on time? or even returned for no reason in a creditor provided envelope (that one still puzzles me) or when the company gets you payment 2 weeks after it was mailed.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    i think you work in a large office. the building we are in is owned by the PO but not the land and the lease agreement is no where near that amount per month.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    $100 per paycheck = $1.56 billion.

    $10 is only $156 million.

  • Reply to: Use of Industry Best Practices in Processing Parcels   5 years 8 months ago

    USPS would have many more parcels today if Potter had not killed Expedited & Package Services in 2002. They were on a roll and gaining parcel market share for USPS. What a shame. The BMCs could handle many more parcels today with no increase in labor. The machines are efficient and most of the workers are good. It would more efficient just by virtue of the higher volume.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    We need to institute Locality pay. Yes this means pay cuts for many areas. There is no way someone in Mississippi or Kansas should make the same as someone in the North east or CA. This should include mgmt also. The high volume high cost areas are also the areas that have the most volume,thus the most work.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Regs do not allow a customer to hold mail longer than 30 days. Also customers can not pick and choose which to hold. If the address has a hold it is ALL held. If a customer has a temporary forward then the bulk is UBBM not hold mail. Do things by the book and it takes very little time. BTW it is time that is figured into the carriers daily duties. READ the BOOK people!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    1. Start charging customers with dismount delivery $300 a year. Curbside boxes would still be free. It is three times slower to get out of the vehicle and walk up to a home or business than to leave the mail in curbside box. One route with 100 dismount deliveries would generate $30,000 in revenue.

    2. Eliminate some district jobs by shifting the responsibilities to small town postmasters. If you want to be the postmaster for Smalltown AL, then part of your job is to be the AMS specialist for your 3 digit area.

    3. Develope delivery confirmation into delivery tracking. Our customers want to be able to follow there packages in the system.

    4. Eliminate the mystery shopper program and use the money to pay window clerks a commission. There would be no need to evaluate the window clerks if they got maybe just 2% of there express, priority and extra service sales.

    5. Eliminate the EXFC program. With IMB and planet codes, we can track and score our own mail.

    6. Change the unions from "Open shop" to "Closed shop" and put them in charge of the hiring and firing process. Less supervision would be needed if the union policed themselves.

    7. Change city delivery to an evaluated route system like the rural carriers.

    8. This is one is gonna hurt, but everyone should take a 10% pay cut, if the money will be used exclusively to pay down debt, not fund somebodies pet project or travel expenses.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    More information from a union president not a management prospective:

    Burrus Update: Changes and Challenges

    In response to the staggering decline in mail volume, the Postal Service has implemented significant changes to the postal network, with more to come. Many of the changes have had an adverse impact on employees — including widespread excessing, the loss of the equivalent of 100,000 jobs in the last four years through attrition, and a significant reduction in the number of hours worked by part-time flexibles. And, as the USPS continues to face financial difficulties, management plans to make additional cuts to the postal network and to service

    This is the financial quicksand or death spiral that the unions and management make reference to with the bleak budget conditions in the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    1. Charge customers a surcharge for forwarding mail. We probably forward million of pieces of mail due to customers moving around all the time (not our fault). This can be done two ways. (a.) Charge a one-time flat fee everytime a customer submits a change of address form. (b.) Charge customers at the time of delivery for every piece of mail that was forwarded and they wish to receive.

    2. Change pricing of first class mail to reflect distance between sender and receiver (like we do with packages). Mail being sent across the country should cost more than mail sent across town. You could divide the US into regions (like the time zones) and charge per distance the mail piece has to travel. This would require creative processes to assist the customer in using the correct posatge. Might be difficult to implement but the revenue gain would be significant.

    3. Eliminate layers of unnecessary management. You have Headquarters coordinating with Areas and the Areas coordinating with Districts and the Districts coordinating with the post offices. You do not need the Areas and the Districts.

    4. Eliminate the large bonuses that PCES managers and VPs get all the time. They get paid enough as it is. Instead reward the empoyees who work hard day-in and day-out. They are the ones that keep the Postal Service from completely drowning and make up for the thousands of employees that practically do nothing. Management is too scared or do not want to spend any time to deal with them. NO INCENTIVES, THEN NO INIATIVES OR DEDICATION.

    5. Definitely go to 5 day delivery. We have to change with the times. the savings woul dbe huge. You would not have to let go employees if incentives were offfered for early retirement. In fact your productivity would go up when you get rid of many of the long-time employees who are just dead weight. Burrus is not representing the employees and does not care what they want (Saturday and Sunday off). Just think of all the sick leave that would be saved since Saturday is a huge day for sick calls. Happier carriers mean better attitudes and productivity.

    6. Last but not least, promote from qualified employees locally instead of paying the relocation benefits and expenses associated with moving an employee to another area. I was better qualified for a local position taht I applied for and the manager relocated a friend of hers for the job and had to pay relocation for both her and her husband (who was a level 15 postmaster). They had to give the husband a postamaster job which prevented another local qualified employee from being promoted. Sad how the postal service screws their employees over and over again. No wonder why there are so many employees out on stress (probably more than any other organization).

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    The decision on is the Post Office a business or a government agency. If we are a business, then we should be allowed to make sound business decisions without congressional interference.

    Just like base closures, it works in theory. Until its your post office is on the list. Many rural post offices that are close to a larger facility need to be closed. Often these offices only employ a Post Master and PMR. Not even an auxiliary route originates at the office. If this is the case, and there is a larger facility with in, say, 15 miles, close them.

    But, have them open later so it is more convenient to retrieve accountable items and parcels.

    Most people is towns that small go to a larger town or city to purchase groceries and work.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    evaluated route city and rurals, offer incentive to retire all csrs employee, 1 month for every year of service added to current years, then change future fers program for new employees, sell advertisement space on postal vehicles, raise rates on priority which include delivery confirmation

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    A work culture that rewards lying, cheating and stealing from employees-give back $10 a pay period-when hell freezes over

  • Reply to: Click-N-Ship® — Have You Used It?   5 years 8 months ago

    I have actually seen a mailer take the label printed on the paper and use a copy machine to shrink it to half the size. It actually read the delivery confirmation number when I put it through POS

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    When I started with the postoffice, I was supprise of all the different catalogs we gave out.

    I was also amazed on all the different magazines we gave out.

    I started getting the cataloge and magazines that I liked sent to my house. I even had some sent to my wife and daughter.

    You know what, I just had over $1.00 worth of new cat. and mag. being sent to me, though the P.O.

    Just what if, we comprised a list of all the catalogs we give out. Have the phone number beside the catalog name and also sorting into group that best describe what they sell.

    What would happen if we gave this list to every house and P.O. box in the U.S.A

    Let me tell you what just might happen.
    We have 306,916,235 people in th U.S.
    If only half of the population pay attention to this list and order just $1.00 worth of catalogs, We could make 153 million dollar worth of new revenue

    This figure could very well tripple. concidering if they get repeat cataloge
    The revenue does'nt stop there. When they order something, we could be shipping there order to them.

    Why woud someone want a cataloge sent to them. With the price of gas It would be alot cheaper to mail-order.

    If I was President of one of these cat. co. would I alow the P.O. to put my co. name on this list? Heck ya!! For every person that asked for my cat. is like finding a neddel in a haystack.

    Thanks for reading- vote for me

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