• Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    The optimum day to cut back or eliminate mail processing operations is Saturday, not Sunday. There is no Sunday delivery so preparation for the next day delivery does not occur until Sunday. Cost savings would be realized by cutting Sunday premium pay expenses in half, less call offs, easier staff scheduling and major maintenance functions could be performed without disturbing operations.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    The incompetence in postal management astounds me. Haven't we been doing this "tour 2" compression thing nationwide just recently? As a result many people were dislocated from their assignments and placed into, or could only bid into jobs that required Sunday as a regular scheduled day.
    Since the "tour 2" compression was undertaken "officially" due to dwindling mail volumes, then why couldn't Sundays have been addressed in one undertaking??
    I use the word incompetence cause if it isn't that its just plain mean and a way to constantly disrupt employees lives and disrespectful in every way!
    Oh, by the way since the "tour 2" compression, MAIL VOLUMES HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED!

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    What truly amazes me is that the OIG would actually consider ideas proposed on a faceless blog, where any cuk, nut job or fanatic can post blindly, ignorant and uneducated poop! Most citizens are unaware of the Postal Services inner workings. All they know is the PO gets there letter from point A to point B!
    Easy enough that’s as it should be, that’s as the constitution intended it to be. However for those high minded and in control it is not! It’s about making money and the Postal reform act of 2006 allowed the Postal Service to make a profit! I ask for WHAT? You citizens that don’t know should know it’s for creating unnecessary bureaucracies in postal management that take can know take big bonuses and to justify the creation of the OIG (otherwise known as the Gestapo)!
    Too many chiefs and not enough Indians! The whole goal is to reduce employees! I know that reductions are necessary I agree! But I challenge all of the intelligent people who come here to go to http://www.usps.com/financials/anrpt08/pg64.htm and pull up the 2008 annual report. Since 2004 the OIG is expanding, thus a need to continue to justifying their job through erroneous crap such as this blog! As well as management Look how the numbers remain constant! I believe if you look you might see the ratio of “management” to employee (workers) is close to 1-12 that’s insane! Recently the National association of postal supervisors web site boldly proclaimed “The NAPS resident officers met on Friday, August 28, 2009 with Douglas A. Tulino, USPS Vice President, Labor Relations at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the final day of the restructuring prior to the implementation of the RIF on the remaining impacted EAS employees.
    Due to the diligence of the members of the NAPS executive board, who worked closely with local Areas and Districts and the cooperation of USPS headquarters, we are able to announce today that remaining impacted employees are expected to be placed in positions thereby avoiding a RIF." That’s right! They want to make money at the public’s expense! PERIOD!

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    I have a hard time understanding questions like this, to be honest, the mail dropped off what 2 years ago? and just now the post office is trying to cut back on some operations? the post office needs to be proactive instead of reactive, just like now, i dont know about anyone else but our mail has picked way up, and here is the postal service saying hmmm should we cut now? well not now, the time to cut was a year ago, and now they offer and early out, and again we will end up short staffed. not only that but as someone above stated, we have too many clipboards walking around that just "avoided a rif" aka. they changed pay locations or added/changed duties on jobs and the same people kept them and most even got a raise, while thousands of clerks a month are excessed... whats wrong with this picture?

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    Yes, close all P&DC's on Sunday, it would save the PO hundreds of millions of dollars in saving without having to pay Sunday premiums and in OT savings.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    I agree!

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    Before considering such a move, Management needs to honestly, and I put that word in here with all sincerity, look at operations and service to the customer. Of course there is less mail, but there is still mail that needs to get out. Management has cut staffing so drastically that in my plant, mail processors are forced to run machines by themselves while their partners go to lunch or breaks. Additionally, S:DOs on both tours 1 and 3 fill in the staffing gaps by feeding DB's themselves when the clerks are on break.

    Over on the Flats side, staffing on the AI prep operations are in such disarray, that the S:DOs are forced to prep mail while the Mail Handlers are on break or lunch, in order to keep the ACTs coming to the feeder stations. Because of course the clerks are now not allowed to prep their own mail, even though they did it for years on the 775s and 881s, and even on the first generation 100s. So the clerks must shut the machine down, stand there with nothing to do until the prep side (either Mail handlers or supervisor) catches up. Its a disgusting waste, and all because staffing has been so screwed up.

    And none of these supervisors, or the M:DOs that supervise them, have the guts to tell their Plant Manager or District Manager that the mean lean staffing plans coming out of Engineering are not realistic. Because they are as intimidated as the bargaining unit employees. Instead, they put their heads together and "get creative" in order to deal with the shortfall of bodies, especially on holiday periods. As such,

    Management is Violating the holiday pecking order, as well as cheating and fudging overtime hours by forcing encumbered clerks to change their days off during holiday weeks, in order to avoid the payment of overtime to cover that 3 day holiday period.

    With all the excessing of employees into other installations and/or crafts, it is shocking that only 1 S:DO that I know off had to leave our plant to go into another EAS position up the road 50 miles. Many others were given what appears to be "make work" positions in the mahogany row section of our building.

    If Management does away with Sunday processing, the mail will not go away. It will be there. And what they will do to get it worked up is:
    1. Force clerks to change their days off in order to get it processed, and/or:
    2. Report to the DBCS Principal Assignment Area and start processing the mail themselves.

    Both of these will result in multiple and repeated grievances being filed. And with the blatant disregard of the Contract being quite obvious, Management will pay twice to get the mail processsd.

    And if you realistically and yes, honestly, look at the overall picture of the business over the last 25 years, you will realize the the Agency is bloated with too many at the top, these people taking advantage of the generous relocation benefits, trailing spouse rules, etc. There have been many bonehead purchases made over the decades, the current boondoggle these days being the excessively expensive FSS machines, that are not working up to standard, will be extremely labor intensive (a maintenance nightmare) and will require trucking of local mail to huge sites for processing, using extra fuel.

    Other mistakes include level upgrades and the end of PTF employees in 200 or more man-year offices. Why would an Agency screaming that they are broke agree to such things? It all boils down to very bad Management, at the very top. And this bad Management is what is going to destroy what our only responsibility is: to provide universal postal services to our customers. I believe the Agency has lost sight of that. And that is why they now are discussing the idea of ending Sunday mail Processing. This would be just one more nail in the Agency's coffin.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    I think mail should be delivered every other day or Monday / Tuesday then Friday / Saturday only. why does it always have to be no delivery on saturday? Process mail on Sunday for Monday delivery. No processing on Saturday> T he mail doesn't get delivered the next day.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    elimnate or outsource oig much more better

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    Absolutely. Sunday is notorious for having little work to justify the payment of premium pay.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    The "advantage" of giving the employees may sound desireable, but it will also mean split days off for many...

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    people that have lousy days off would love to lose the sunday premium just to be able to do what ever normal familys do on sunday! especially tour two employees! AB

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    How come OIG never considers the obvious savings that could be realized by cutting the overstaffing of Management positions? Any need to have a Supervisor for a hand full of employees? With your time and attendance enforcers monitoring absences, why the need of tripping over break room monitors?

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    How's this for "saving money" - In Trenton, NJ Our Plant Manager eliminated the day shift (Tour 2) that was processing junk mail and moved the operation to evenings.

    Only now they are paying the employees an added "night differential" in their salary to do the same work processing junk mail.

    Talk about waste, fraud and abuse? Where are the investigations of these idiot Plant Managers?

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    We have been getting bulk Mail everyday which is past the requested delivery dates printed on it. How humiliating for the carriers to deliver Mail to thier customers with a requested in home date a week or more ago! Meanwhile, all we hear is how our service is the highest ever. Huh? Not sure how eliminating Sunday would affect this, but it sure wouldn't help. Management just can't understand that holding Mail does not save time. It has to be done sometime, and takes the same amount of work hours to process. They just are shifting the work to management, because they send the clerks home, and then the PMs spend the rest of their day sorting bulk Mail. What a waste of talent! Use the highest skilled person in the office to perform the least important work. What a plan for financial recovery! Obviously the same thinking must happen in the plants and all thrpough the process, and that is why we get dated Mail after the requested dates, it has been held all hrough the system.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    Please don't do this. The day after a holiday is a carrier's worst nightmare. Mondays are bad enough with no Sunday delivery. BTW-quality is going down the tubes in the frenzy to save money-since when do we ignore 2nd class mail status and ignore store sale dates? These acts are just going to foster more mistrust in the usps.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    Me being a RCA I say we need to keep 6 day delivery because Saturdays are the days I make descent money on the regular route.. yes I run/carry an Aux. route every day .. one week I do the aux. route 6 days and the next week I do the aux. route 5 days and the regular route 1 day (Saturday) and when needed. But if I were just a RCA being a Saturday sub. or every other Saturday sub. then I wouldn't have a job and like most ppl I need that money to pay my bills and provide for my family. If things are so bad then Potter shouldn't be getting big raises and the price of stamps shouldn't be going up along with other products sold by the postal service,, if anything that just makes the customer want to do business elsewhere. On the Sunday thing.. that wouldn't be so bad I suppose because the carriers don't work on Sunday anyway but will most likely be more work for the mail handlers/processors on Monday mornings. I just can't see anything good coming out of this.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    As a person that use to work in mail processing on Sunday evenings, I say eliminate this processing day. The mail volume was always low that day and we were assigned tasks in other areas. The Postal Service needs to take action now to deal with this financial crisis and I am sure that the mail volume is so low now that eliminating this work day is no longer a real issue. The Postal Service is paying for work that is no longer being performed.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    This seems like a no-brainer. Sunday processing could start again if future volumes justify it. Private companies add and delete shifts continually as volume rises and falls. Why can't the Postal Service?

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    If five day delivery and six day processesing will help the Postal Service improve their financial position,I say do it. It does not have a negative effect on employees and our customers understand our predicament.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 10 months ago

    What is USPS waiting for? Time to cut back on employee workhours, consolidate facilities and functions, and reduce delivery days. How many of us leave the mail in a pile by the front door until someone finally goes through it, days later? Yes! Do what it takes to run USPS like a business, and do it now.

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

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    Benchmark.( identify and implement “best practices” of successful units of the organization.)

    When a unit performs well in the USPS,
    as our office did a few years ago , it recieves "Best-of-the Best" recognition and a bullseye on its back.

    When I started carrying mail 11 years ago, our office was ending an era of terror which cost the USPS multiple tens of thousands of dollars in EEO lawsuits, and the unaccountable costs that stem from de-motivated , abused employees.

    A new PM came in who valued his employees, and was tough, but fair and even stood up to his superiors on behalf of his team, or to make decisions that improved efficiency and service.
    In his last year , we achieved that "Best-Of-The-Best" recognition.

    Instead of looking at what our office was doing and duplicating those practices elsewhere, a new PM and team came in with practices, attitudes, and abuse that brought us back down to mediocrity. She belittles her team, insulting them during 'stand-ups', and even brought one of the 'era of terror', "EEO lawsuit" supervisors back this week to do a route check on a carrier.
    We won't be on the best of the best list unless the goal is increased grievances.
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  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    RIF MANAGEMENT

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

    tina thats the whole downfall of the P.O.

  • Reply to: Mystery Shoppers   5 years 10 months ago

    Upselling is fine ....but enough is eoungh. At the end of the transaction I can offer stamps and shipping supplies but now I have to EXPLAIN WHY they might need these items? How patronizing.

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