• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    We had a 204-b that used to let the phone ring endlessly. The phone was at her desk, in the middle of the work room floor, within arms reach of her. She would never answer it. But, if anybody else tried to answer the phone, she would yell "Get back in your case." Wonderful customer service.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    LOL RC!!!!!!That was a good laugh!!They should use the no talking rule.. even though the rule is so, so elementary! They should remember that rule, when they come to us with stupid things to say. Orrrr, we should say no talking to Management!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    PARS blows. I don't know how many times I've had people forward their mail, that I never knew about. Until, sometimes, months later. I just had someone's kid move. The kid checked "family" on the COA. Now everyone's mail is headed to Florida, from Oklahoma, and there's nothing I can do about it. Eventually it will be fixed. But for now their mail is wandering all over the lower 48.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Using such a small sampling of a City Carriers mail to establish the size of a route, then the millions of dollars wasted trying to manage to this unrealistic view of the time required to serve the route. Switch City Carriers to an evaluation system like we do for Rural Carriers. Also, we all are not theives and liars.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Why are we required as Rural Carriers to turn over our DPS tray on our case before we case it? It is so annoying the letters are upside down and uneven. It might have been useful years ago when letter were same size. Now with letters varing so much in height and width this is so ineffecient, to try and pick up a stack of letter readjust them so you can case your DPS.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    We can not carry postal supplies in our vehicle at all times!!Post Office on wheels???!! The customers want priorty mailing supplies , ANY USPS mailing supplies with the easiest,quickest way for them and knowledgable form, from someone they know and trust ;their carrier and not being forced to use the internet they do not trust . We can't put stamps on or bring in parcels in to be proceeded over 13 ounces no matter what class from customers we have know for years and have been our secure and trusted income???! SOME Carriers know their customers and want to service them for job security for all types of postal employees that want to keep the USPS in buisness from these long time and trusted customers.
    Treat each individual post office with their needed rules to apply to that office. Some workers earn their salary more than others workers no matter what rank!! Some workers are more of a asset to the company get paid less and are not credited for the jobs ,limited duty that are not doing the job they were hired for and NOT taking a cut in pay as many workers have!
    Credit the workers that derserve it!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    so you wait in the afternoon for school buses instead of waiting in the morning. You run into the morning commute instead of the evening. you have the same hazards in the morning you do in the evening. quit complaining. Most of the time we get paid for evaluated times and work 1 to 2 hours less than those hours. We do not have a supervisor with us all day like most employees. I have a great job as a rural carrier. Whats the big deal about starting 30 minutes later than I would prefer. sounds like the spoiled little rich kids aren't getting their way or enough.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    How about backtracking to deliver first class missorted mail in DPS? How about driving first class missent mail all over the county even when it won't get delivered timely? How about being required to do a report by 9 that you don't have information for until 10 but are told to do it any way and then do it again later and put the right numbers in. How about having to correct the bad addresses of people who aren't smart enough to know the address that they are moving to? How about all the placards we have to use when we dispatch mail so the mail handlers will know where to put it? Can't they read? And I really love the blue collection box placard that has to be printed on blue paper. (colorblind anyone?) How about the maintenance guys that drive 2 hours to get to my office and drive two hours back to fix a problem when there are GMF maintenance men 1 hour away but they are in the wrong SCF. How about the transportation contracts we have that we pay hundreds of thousand of dollars to to contractors who simply drive right by offices they are supposed to drop mail off to because volume has declined so much that they don't need the amount of trips on their contract and they have no mail so they drive on by or tap the dock and wave.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    well, Ed, I've been carrying longer than that, so I'll take my chances with the dogs. The dog spray works just fine. You sound more like a manager, they always come up with that dog thing. Like I said, I have to wear it a lot anyway, but empty is stupid! Why not just wear a suit of armor, that oughta keep you safe.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Yet, VMF has a schedule for maintenance which could be sent out to the stations so the carriers know when to get their stuff out of the vehicle.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Using a full sized semi to bring a single tub of Express Mail flats out to our office.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    The inability of front line supervisors and postmasters to make a decision without FIRST contacting District. Why bother having this layer of management when they are NOT PERMITTED to manage? Managers are instruced not to settle grievances without FIRST informing labor relations. The informal and formal steps are a farce.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    As an EAS 20 Postmaster 95% of what I do is web based but we still have to print out each report, round date, sign and file. We also have to certify to our Suspense Coordinator by email that we have printed, round dated and signed a hard copy. If you want specific reports that are redundant just let me know.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Columbus ga gmf employees are not allowed to hydrate while on the woorkroom floor which means we have to walk away from work to get water

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    How about the ‘unofficial’ rule, allowed under the RMSS and “old school” thought at the New Jersey NDC (formerly NJI & BMC) that you will never become an ET in the building, no matter how qualified you are, unless you work there as an MPE first.

    Forget about the fact that you can be hired off the street as an ET, or simply transfer to another facility (like a coworker did who went to Trenton to escape the BS here) and become an ET without a problem.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    The OTDL is a joke. OT must be evenly distributed. Alot of times management has to give OT to some carrier just to avoid a grievience, by having them just sit there on the clock.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    in response to STIFFLED:
    The NALC will never let that happen, even though it would help save the Postal Service.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    this is not a bad idea, in a carrier unit there are those carriers who use the restroom as their unofficial "excessive break area" ihave carriers that go three four times inthemornign, jsut to expand theire office time so that they leave the office later, becasue theyu dont have the volume, and dont want to have to carry an undertime bump. so clocking in and out of the restroom in order to capture time wasting practices is a great idea.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    that is called an evaluated route, it is the same thing the rural carriers have in place. the major problem with that is the fact that it does away with overtime. this is well known, that is why the N.A.L.C. will not allow it to happen. With out the need to fight for every unit of overtime a lazy carrier that did not want to do his job in the first place did not recieve as opposed to someone else who actually does thier job. if they went to evaluated routes the union would have no reason to exist and that would be a travesty wouldn't it. Dont get me wrong, im not anti union, but when did the union go from being an advocate for workers rights, to a money grubbing advocate for as much as we can get. if the postal service management went after carriers topay for express mails that they fail, and if the carriers were asked to pay that money back for faileing the express mail, the union would have a fit. but let a supervisor send an non-odl out to deliver a piece of late arriving express mail to a customer because they were the first ones back, and the union ask for everyone on the odl to be paid at 200 percent what the time ratio was the non odl worked. is that really fair, and is that customer service/ I think not, but that is what the union is all about now.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Just recently in our plant they decided we had to label every tray of 1st pass mail on Sunday, because there were problems in processing 2nd pass on Monday. All because of one or two people that just "don't get it" they punish the rest of us that know what we are doing with all this "busy work" that will not solve the issue at hand. Instead of properly training the people that suddenly lost their T-2 jobs and got thrown into T-1 automation they try and blanket the rest of us to "dumb down" our procedures. What happened to working smarter? We learned techniques to help us get the mail out in a timely manner, now they throw in more obstacles and it takes us longer. Just like the USPS to add more time to get something done when our training techniques cut the processing time in half. Why would I want to spend MORE time doing the same thing?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    imagine if you were out there with your stupid empty satchel, and a loose animal attacks you, the reason for the necessity to carry it even empty is to protect yourself withit. no matter if you think it is effective or not, it works. having been a letter carrier for 24 years, and having been attacked by dogs on several occasions, i was glad i had the bag to put between me and the dog.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Stop subsidizing UPS. Why help UPS turn a profit. Case in point. Last Mile program. A program designed to make a service provided by UPS profitable.WHY!!!!! We do the hard work, deliver package to an address at a huge discount for UPS; all they do is transport from state to a city.If they can't make money on that service, then customers will come to USPS after that service is discontinued by UPS. If we don't help UPS make money they will drop that service. If our boat sinks; management will have done it all by themselves.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    One more. This goal of 97% for EXFC. We are spending millions of dollars chasing this goal. 95% was resonable and could be obtained by streamlining our processes. The last 2% to reach 97% is very very costly. Running mail to offices all over the district is crazy. We sometimes spend 10-20 dollars per letter to get these home all in the name of EXFC. Cap the goal at 95% and lets start running this place like a business instead of just spending OPM.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    Have to agree they need to invent a word for excessive reduncy. SPMS and CPMS is a major joke. Major loss of time
    Box mail and distribution scans too.
    Oh by the way, I need a report on the report of the scans that were scanned and keep copies of that because you certianly don't want to be on "a list".

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 6 months ago

    PARS is not a bad system overall in my opinion. I think that where it fails is not giving the carriers access to the COA's. Many times a customer's writing will be illegible. When we used to be the first person to see these COA's, we would look over them and correct the incorrect or illegible parts. Now the COA's are processed and we get reports pertaining to incorrect addresses, etc. So extremely inefficient and time-consuming. Let the carrier have access to the COA before it is sent to COARS so we can be sure it is as correct as possible. This won't eliminate errors to the destination address, but it will improve the system.

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