• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    How about ceasing the practice of sending three PMs from as far away as 190 miles to do compliance audits; creating the need for the use of three PMRs, mileage use and per diem.
    You have PMs and supervisors in place, let them do their job. If you think they are not complying, send in a near by neighbouring PM whose office is running well. If they find there is a problem, they can make recommendations, recheck later and then the MPOO can go from there if need be. And try standardizing what the auditor is looking for. We've had multiple teams come in and each time they tell us something different.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   5 years 9 months ago

    i think FSS will greatly improve the po financially. management just needs to exercise care in the way they set up routes. the routes should be a good mixture of walking, mounted and jumps. if they are short sighted and continue with cores to try to save every last penny now, it will cost them a lot later in comp and sick leave. unfortunately, history says they will be short sighted.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    I totally agree. I am so sick of hear about being "IN COMPLIANCE". Is being talked to like I am at a boot camp going to make me want to do my job with pride? I don't think so!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    You would get my nomination to work at headquarters, but since what you said makes too much sense, it disqualifies you.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Eliminating the small PO Box will not work. I have a lot of customers right now who do not want to rent their boxes because of the price, if they were forced to upgrade, they would close for sure.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    We agree totally!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    go to evaluated city routes like rural carriers. You would only need one supervisor per 50 or so routes.
    Alot of EAS positions gone! Offer early outs with no age penalty. get rid of district level offices too many jobs at the district level that just simply protect there own job making work out of nothing.
    do the above and employees will be running out the door to retire.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Consider offering guaranteed lowest shipping costs to customers. If found not to be the lowest shipper within 30 days provide proof of shipping costs and receive the difference in refund.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    to increase first class mail,have a web site that patrons can choose from several different greeting cards for several different occasions. make it so easy that they just click on one they like and it will be delivered on the day of their choice.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    on maybe even allowing to bank them for an earlier retirement.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    ncjosh: Re: #10 item above; AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY; Why did they not offer full annuities? Why the "penalty"; If they really wanted people to retire, why did they offer to "penalize" them?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    I agree USPS may have lost its edge in letter delivery but it now faces a new challenge of establishing a niche in other areas like parcel delivery or emailing services. Emailing technology may have made mailing letters,outdated and unnecessary but its challenge, now would be to find ways to keep up with this rapid pace of innovation.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    my suggestion has to do with carrier route case setups. i think it could be advantageous to set carrier routes in groups of 5 (all the routes belonging to a t-6's swing)in the shape of a hexagon.one side of the hexagon would be open as doorway to enter the unit, while the other 5 sides would be the 5 routes on an individual swing.the individual cases would have address dividers and address labels on both sides of the case. they would also have the ability to rotate 180 degrees. the bottom 3 feet of each case would have roller racks that tubs and trays of mail could be fed from the outside of the unit to the carriers on the inside.once a carrier has cased up the mail, the case would rotate so it could be pulled down and loaded from the outside of the unit.
    this system would realize it's true values once an office has gone online with FSS. at that point a t-6 could case all non DPS & FSS mail for all 5 routes of his swing, then rotate the case to be accessed by the regular who will then pull it down, pick up his FSS &DPS mail and be off to his deliveries.
    under this system a t-6 would arrive to work around 7:00 a.m.,while the 5 regulars would begin at;8:00,8:15,8:30,8:45 & 9:00 a.m. (to be determined by seniority) the t-6 would begin casing the route that begins at 8:00 and end with the route that begins at 9:00.the t-6 would case all first class mail first, then second and so on.once the t-6 has finished (or a carrier is ready to go) the case would be rotated so that the mail becomes excessable by the regular carrier to pull down.the staggered starting time would create an even flow of traffic and therefore require less equipment.
    finally t-6 could finish casing bulk mail (for the next day delivery),update write-ups, COA, etc.., then finish his day assisting non ODLs & WA carriers on his swing.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Its simple, cut management 1st! Use private industry business models? First in a building of fewer than 300 employees they have 1 plant manager who is never seen! Two supervisors a north and a south only seen when there is a major breakdown and on paydays. Each operation should have a group leader solely to issue breaks and lunches. The rest are a few paper pushers. It works great in industry! Next cut out all the bureaucratic layers, no more district and area just create regions. Fill the needed labor spots with the managers being cut if they want to stay and most problems are solved!

    Next stop promoting to management from within the postal service! It kills me to here a manager say “the business this or the business that” most have not every worked at a real business, that just their brain getting dirty after the washing! Most don’t have formal training either. Ill stipulate that a BA in management does not make a manager but neither does sleeping your entire career on t-1 and being promoted to supervisor because you’re the only person who put in for it!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Lots of comments about reducing costs and some about finding new revenue. The one area that is barely touched are new revenues in the internet and add-on services for electronic conversion of physical mail. Swiss Post recently introduced a new feature allowing selective scanning. It can reduce transport costs while generating new revenue. Even if it is outsourced for trust purposes, the PRC would likely seriously consider it.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    The USPS is not needed. Shut it down. Your an old technology. Give it up. I email everything. Everyone should. Save the environment shut the USPS down.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    IF USPS wants 15,000 to 20,000 employees to take the early out (VER) without incentives, it want happen. Save the time and cost on sending out the information. Save the cost when there is no takers.

    I would take the early ou IF the USPS would rewrite the rules allow employees to cash-in their sick leave without attaching it to their retirement. NO STRINGS and NO RESTRICTIONS attached. This is their earned money and would be an incentive to take the early out. Of course, this is only for CSRS employees only.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Offer all employees, FERS and CRS, up to three years in age and service with no penalty and I believe tens of thousands will retire.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    The Postal Service has a 10 to 1 ratio of workers to Supervisors. Schools don't have that type of ratio they are 18 or 20 to 1. Congress need to have a reduction in force of Management to bring the ratio closer to 20 or 25 to 1. From a cost point of view, they do not contribute to the revenue of the post office just a drain. As a manager remind me an employee either makes you money or cost you money. That's how they should look at these managers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    At least at our post office, they push for ALL the mail to go out Mondays. Why can't they hold back bulk mail until Tuesday (when there is essentially no mail)? Wouldn't this save money on overtime on Mondays, supervisors having to run late mail to the plant, injuries from employees pushing themselves too hard??

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    jj jingleheimer-schmidt takes credit for this fantastic post....gman

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    The whole culture of the USPS needs to change. We are not the military so don't even try to manage that way. Management needs to be cut to a ratio of 1 to every 50 employees. Eliminate the multiple layers as they are redundant. We don't need POOMs, districts, regions, etc. Upper level management needs to be paid on the Civil Service scale. If you want to get rich, then work in the private sector. The PMG should not make any more than 250 thousand per year and we do not need 44 vice presidents. We do not need management to do data entry. Use light duty people to do all computer entry jobs and work them at least 40 hours per week. If they can't sit and type, then disability retirement is the ticket. Get rid of bid jobs and go to best qualified. Have the people that can perform do the jobs that they are good at. If a person can deliver with speed and accuracy, then make them a carrier and if a person is good with people and can be a good salesperson, then they can work retail. Get rid of the Mystery Shopper program that is a waste of money and is not used for anything but harassment. Also get rid of DOIS as it is flawed and eliminate scan points as it penalizes carriers for going faster. Get rid of the contracts with FedEx and UPS. Those companies cause our on time scores to tank as they are going to take care of their product first before even thinking of our product. Make the big bulk mailers pay their fair share. We are losing money hand over fist by giving them the discounts that they don't deserve. Quit trying to make our lobbies into slick boutiques and go back to selling packaging products and shipping supplies at a reasonable price. Instead of having 204bs, use senior employees as working leaders and as a go between for workers and management. Convert vehicles to flex fuel and stop contracting out vehicle maintenance at twice the cost of doing it ourselves. Offer early retirement with incentives similar to what was offered in the early 90s and get rid of the penalties for being under 62 years old. No more details for management and end the pay for performance program as it is based on bogus numbers. Require managers to have a college degree and to complete human relations training before working with people. Consider converting the USPS back to the US Postal Department under the auspices of the Executive Branch and eliminate the Board of Governors. These suggestions will help put our service back into the black and restore the trust of the American People.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    To all of you who suggest a cut in pay-if you want to volunteer for that, fine. Just don't volunteer my paycheck. I have done what was supposed to be done for 25+ years. My bills aren't going down. I didn't have a hand in running the USPS into the ground, that was upper managements doing. Management is supposed to have control over their workforce but most were too lazy to supervise properly. They let the slugs drag us down and "worked the worker". And the big boys all kept dipping in the pot and getting their bonuses. So don't ask this little peon who has done the right thing day in and day out to take a cut in pay because of this predicament, ain't gonna happen.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Not a comment about this, but rather just an idea.
    We cut lots of plastic straps every day and just throw them away. I don't work in a plant to see how the trays get strapped, but was just wondering why it wouldn't work to modify the plastic trays to accept a quick disconnect type coupler similar to used on dog collars built into plastic lids.
    I have some ideas as to how to actually make this work without adding weight to the trays and maybe save some carrier time. OIG email me if interested.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    I have over 28 years with the USPS. The service has been very good to me. But now I just feel like everyone craft and supervisors will be so much better off working five days versus six days per week.

    For once carriers will have a chance to have a "normal" lifestyle and home life. People will have a chance without scrutiny to to attend recitals, band events, weddings, birthday partys little league games and week end getaways.

    Most people do not even open mail correspondence on the day that it is received. It's a quality of life and a matter of finance and let's not forget the environmental advantages of no Saturday delivery.

    For all of you craft employees that think its a walk in the park for supervisors, please know that the constant attempt to chase dream numbers and beg carriers to pivot everyday, just means that it sucks for all or for every last one of us.

    Thanks for allowing my two cents.

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