• Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    No G Rural,
    I'm not suggesting you carriers are not getting beat up.
    This is a brainstorming blog man. No matter how wild the
    idea, under the current econ conditions the USPS is
    experiencing, we'd better be changing sumthin.
    I delivered newspapers door to door when I was 9-12yr
    old. My route was suburb/city & apartment complex.
    Around 160 papers at peak. Never a mail carrier though.
    But, I certainly talk carrier's every day.
    And, the only way Washington's going to read the
    volume's we're all speaking every day, is right here
    on this Blog.

  • Reply to: Modes of Delivery   5 years 8 months ago

    I agree the postal service was of great importance years ago, but as previously stated by others, if they don't know where your mail is, they can't help in tracking it, and if they keep loosing your items, then why are they so important?? I have had 2 items lost, or disappear while in transit by usps in the last 2 weeks and finally went direct to the Inspector's General's office to file another complaint for assistance. I say, "is this the service they advertise?" It is no wonder the business has slowed down.. At least the competitors are able to get items delivered and are easily tracked and don't disappear into thin air. The quality of service is worth a little more expense to assure delivery of items.

    Quality, not quantity will help save usps. A customer's trust is hard to regain once lost and the negative experiences are the ones people talk about!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 8 months ago

    I was told by my manager that I should not share an internal document with the postmaster. The document showed current month and same period last year revenue by business and address. I wanted the postmaster to see what businesses in the zip code were generating revenue. I provided letters so the carriers could thank the customer. I was hoping to a get "bigger share of wallet" from current customers. My manager said it was wasting the time of the carrier and that I was trying to get them to do my job of prospecting for leads.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    Why is it that no fat is being trimmed from the beast...I mean management fat? Every carrier knows what their responsibility is. Every clerk knows theirs. At our station you have the manager there and two supervisors. For what? I'm convinced that if no management was there the mail would still get delivered. Our manager is only there for three to four hours a day but I assume he still gets his full pay regardless. They want to save costs but they feel like they're not part of the problem it's us. We're doomed.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    wait and see all the new injuries and worker's comp claims this is all going to cause.
    You'll have city and rural carrier's bodies going out faster than ever. First you automate everything you can, shove them out on the street fast, fast. How can a 50 yr. old carrier repeat the same motions day after day as it is? Now, shove more volume at them by going 5 days a week. Seriously, how long can a city carrier do that before their knees give out on them? Or shoulders? There will be no light days for your body to have a break. Just go, go go.
    Also, our 2 route office has a PM who sits on the phone or computer with the heat set on about 80 degrees all day while we are out on the street. Do you really think one of OUR days should be eliminated?
    Brilliant!

  • Reply to: Modes of Delivery   5 years 8 months ago

    No centralized delivery is NOT smart.
    A large part of what we are percieved to be doing is carefully handling the mail. That percieved care is what makes a business unique.

    UPS tracks its packages beautifully..the notion is ..even though its done electronically..is your package is unique and special.

    Hundreds of letters a year go through our office with "hand cancel" or "Do not bend" written on them. The perception is that we actually look at and handle the mail... that we care... the reality is its all automated, and most letters aren't seen until delivery.

    The intangibles are what makes things special to people.

    If you continue to put up clustered boxes.. people will care less and less about mail. If its delivered to the home.. it becomes special.
    Think of the places where you spend a great deal of money... do they shuffle you around in an automated fashion... or do they cater to your unique needs... take the time to speak to you... develope a rapport.

    First class continues to decline.. the volume continues to decline.. if our percieved handling of the mail declines with that, we are simply expediting our own demise.

    We should have cost cutting.. but put a focus on the handling of letters in commercials.. the care given to delivering a special card from a child to a grandmother. A from your house to ours to theirs approach.

    I think when we changed postmarks shapes we gave a computerized look to a personal thing.. the more we automate our character.. the more people won't care.

    setting up huge boxes to deliver mail... just making things more and more impersonal.. Do you want that in the service you recieve.. you don't you'll shop elsewhere...and so will go the letters we handle.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    Our service sucks. Our management has never done the job of carrying mail. We are doomed.

  • Reply to: What’s the Right Level of Financial Reporting?   5 years 8 months ago

    There does need to be heightened levels of transparency and oversight, and it needs to come from external organizations.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    I suspect that numerous USPS employees submit responses to the USPSOIG polls with self-serving responses to "save" jobs. The USPS should (must) implement 5-day delivery - sooner not later. My initial suggestion is that 5-day delivery shouls be phased in by District as normal attrition occurs. Eliminating Saturday delivery incrementally will be the least disruptive. We have significant turnover in non-career employees, despite this fact, the USPS continues to employ a significant number of non-career employees in delivery operations (City and Rural). As attrition occurs in City and Rural delivery operations, local management should determine which route(s) the 6-day delivery should be ended. Factors in determining which routes to end 6-day delivery could be a) volume; b) type of delivery (d-2-d, mounted, cbu); c) customer base (business, residential). While ending 6-day delivery all at once might be desired, it would create a situation where too many non-career employees would not be needed and would result in an impact on the economy. Alternatively, if there were a Carrier retirement incentive we may be able to reduce carrier complement sufficient to warrant ending 6-day delivery sooner without impacting the economy by laying off the non-career and significantly reducing PTF hours. Finally, the USPS needs desparately to create new business through services and products. Why is the USPS not in the Product Fulfillment? Product Fulfilment is a good fit for our organization. There would be jobs answering phones for the employees with physical limitations and other jobs with reduced physical demands to fill small boxes with product for shipment.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    Before throwing the baby out with the bathwater, there are MANY cost saving measures that should be taken.

    First and foremost,the USPS needs to recognize that Ben Franklin is no longer PMG, and a lot has changed. In this day of real time data transfer and all the rest of the high tech stuff, not every office needs a postmaster! Most small offices level 18 and below would be adequately staffed by clerks, many offices would not even require a full time one. Talk about waste, fraud and abuse! Many of these small office postmasters get paid 8 hours to sit in the office and sleep, do their own private business on PO time (like selling real estate) or just not showing up at all.

    Why pay 8 hours a day to staff an office that "earns" 4 hours? Change the regs, keep the post offie open, staff it with a clerk, and have a central "postmaster" or the MPOO oversee the operation. An FT postmaster is not needed anywhere under level 20.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    I resubmit this because it is the answer, especially as volumes continue to drop. Nothing that I have heard anywhere comes remotely close to the impact this would have.
    I have written to my Congressman and Senators and the pmg. Under my plan the PO continues to operate 6 days a week, but we actually go to a 3-day delivery with each carrier being responsible for 2 routes on which he would alternate days on and half of the people would get M-W-F and the others Tu-Thur-S. Your reach a point on any route where no matter how light the volume a carrier can only cover a certain amount of ground. There would at the very least a 40% reduction in manpower, Vehicles and fuel costs. On this system it would require 6 carriers to cover 10 routes, which is actually a 50% reduction from the 12 required today, and 5 vehicles instead of 10. The public, given the choice of losing the USPS or switching to 3 day delivery, could be brought over to our side. Of course there are other logical cost cutting moves they can make such as eliminating Park & Loop delivery wherever possible.
    5 day delivery has little impact when compared to the Logical 3-Day Delivery System.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    Close all post offices that are PO Box sections only. I see hundreds of small post offices that have less than 100 po box customers. What a waste of money and resourses.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    We learned this morning that we have taken back about 25% of UPS business with our flat rate parcel commercials and the white board guy will soon be history as the commercial is ineffective So why would we give back that business closing on saturdays With the flat sorters coming on line mail volume will be too heavy on Mondays already our heaviest day and once they
    come on line we will have no control over overtime as we will be at the mercy of the plants.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    mail handlers, clerks and carriers have all been cut. Why has there not been cut in management jobs? It appears that no manager has be retired, jobs were eliminated but then jobs were created?

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    eliminate as much door to door delivery as possible.
    Probably 80% of suburban delivery which is now door to door could be changed to curbside, or property line
    with no problem.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    The OIG follows management's orders. They are responsible to management.
    If the OIG were allowed to audit the management structure of the USPS and submit their findings directly to Congress there is no doubt changes will take place. Until than, same old, same old

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    PLEASE! Someone please tell me what the persentage of carriers (rural and city) and what persentage of all management (Outside of the post office it's self) is the workforce of the Postal Service?

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    5 day what do you do with monday holidays that puts us 3 days behind in mail delivery.
    i dont get overtime i dont get paid breaks like the other crafts.cant even take a vacation cause my rca is unavailable tell pmg harry potter to cut the stupid paper pushers that create crap to justify there jobs

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    The biggest problem I see with this plan is that even today, offices with rural delivery have great difficulty in securing a maintining a supplemental workforce in the form of RCAs (mostly). These employees give up (usually) 2-4 days a month, must always be "on call", and receive no benefits other than a decent hourly wage. If these 2-4 days get eliminated they will have no incentive at all to stay. I had a "K" rural carrier working 6 days a week for nearly a year because I could not attract a replacement for an RCA that transferred. I borrowed RCAs from other offices, carried the route myself, and even had clerks carry it so that my carrier could take Annual Leave, attend his son's graduation, etc. Until these and other staffing issues are resolved, I don't necessarily think it is a good idea.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    So what if delivery is halted on Saturdays. You still have operations fully running on Sat and worst of all Sunday. Where clerks/MH are paid premium. Close down the plants totally on Sundays. I'd rather be home with my family than get paid premium. All I do is read magazines all day. Nothing moves. Hardley anyone is in the plant anyway. Its a worthless processing day.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    Work Tour 1. We do LITERALLY the same thing every single night. Do NOT need 5 MDO's. Hell we do NOT even need a SDO. Cut back on MANAGEMENT!!!

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    Most everyone on this site has been saying the same thing. Which I totally agree with. Cut management by 90% and increase some craft. In Springfield, MO we have carriers out after dark because there are not enough of them. We need career people, not TEs. They won't let the PTFs go regular, and most of them have been working overtime for over 6 months. That is only one of the many problems the USPS has.

    Maybe a suggestion is for us to forward the Postal Reporter and many of the other sites we visit to our Representatives and they could read a lot of this themselves. Sure couldn't hurt. They would see that it's not an isolated problem.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    NO other money saving scheme should even be considered until, for a start, several things take place;

    - Mgmt. ranks reduce their staffing numbers in direct relation to the thousands of craft positions they have recently eliminated.
    At this time, NOT ONE mgmt. position has been eliminated, but thousands of those who actually move the mail, have.
    Mgmt. likes to tout a line of having eliminated x number of jobs, but those are secretarial, etc.
    There were to many supervisors, etc. to begin with, and now the ratio is even more lopsided.
    Micro-management is the root cause of all the Postal Services ills.

    - All mgmt. bonuses should be eliminated permanently. Even with all the crying they've done about the financial state of the USPS this year, as of June of this year, $50 MILLION OF BONUSES WERE STILL HANDED OUT.

    - Supervisors, etc. have to be made personally financially liable for the thousands of repeated contract violations done yearly.
    Currently, there is no incentive (in fact, they're encouraged to do so) for them not to violate the contract, yet it costs the USPS hundreds of millions of dollars annually in arbitration awards given for contract violations.

    None of these items get the press attention they deserve.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    This weeks' topic is Viable Alternatives for 6 Day Delivery Operations. So why did the USPSOIG include "Retail and Remittance" mail service in questions 2 and 3? Delivery Operations is distinctly accounted for separate from Retail and/or Processing.
    Skew? Remember Statistics 101 and Accounting 101?
    Understanding and separating Delivery Operations from Retail Operations would be a good start to brainstorming about alternatives, unless that is the questions are to generate statistics for possible targeting closure of non delivery rural post offices and/or select Associate Offices.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    Please explain why the USPS and its Postmaster General have 44 VPs throughout the organization. If the US is able to operate solely with one VP, why can't the USPS consolidate its upper management ranks? That is a viable option than reducing service. When was the last time a company reduced its service did its revenue increase?

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