• Reply to: To Award or Not to Award: What’s the Postal Service to Do?   5 years 8 months ago

    If you HAVE to give out "rewards", how about giving them to the people who actually TOUCH the mail?
    PFP, give me a break, it's a reward for riding the carriers, clerks and mail handlers.

  • Reply to: To Award or Not to Award: What’s the Postal Service to Do?   5 years 8 months ago

    Of course good employees should be rewarded in the postal service as in any other company. It is a good incentive for excellence.

  • Reply to: To Award or Not to Award: What’s the Postal Service to Do?   5 years 8 months ago

    Save the money to reduce costs. Employees should already be doing a job at 125% because our jobs may be eliminated.

  • Reply to: To Award or Not to Award: What’s the Postal Service to Do?   5 years 8 months ago

    postal employees should be rewarded, but under the present system of management, it would not be fair. when Akron Ohio was still a district, I submitted 12 ideas. All of them were conviently "lost" and I was never able to ascertain whether any of the idaes were stolen. Too many of my superiors do not have the intelligence,responsibility, or iniative to see such a program properly through. Ihave never been properly rewarded for my contributions to the postal service,nor do i expect same. my 30 year certificate from the USPS even had my first and last names interchanged. Some days you are the bug, others you are the windshield

  • Reply to: To Award or Not to Award: What’s the Postal Service to Do?   5 years 8 months ago

    The USPS pays us well, above and beyond most other employees, so there is no real need for this except the greed that is there with this type of bonus. People will pay themselves and their friends, it is a corrupt system.

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

    Dear OIG...I understand that you all are also human and can only take so much bad mouthing of mgmt in these postings so let me put the postal service in perspective, treating it as if it were a typical American..........................................................Lets say we were weened from the nest in 1972 and told everyone we no longer wanted to eat mothers cooking but rather have the option to go out sometime and go out we did....at the time we were young, slim and very active and we were succesful as well, We loved eating out and fast food was our favorite...Hamburgers, hotdogs, tacos, fried chicken, you name it we loved it...Well as the years past our waist started getting bigger and bigger, but that was the least of our problems...The Doctor had diagnoste us with Diabetes....and said you need to trim the fat from your waist or your going to have trouble down the road...Well here we are back in the Doctors office and the doctor tells us that you haven't lost any weight and the circulation in your feet have pretty much gone and we are going to have to amputate your toes...(station closures) I think you know what happens after that....gman in pdx

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

    My station is on the short list for closure...No one from Mgmt has even visited my office We have 3 clerks and net over $800,000 anually... THATS NET...Its not called closure its called consolidation, pardon me...We have
    an office out by the airport (glen widing) which is staffed by a dozen managers and the annual rent is over $200,000 and they net zero dollars for the Post Office...Isn't it funny how I'm on the short list and they are not...Somethings got to give...PLEASE HELP US...

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    I agree with the Saturday PO Box delivery. This would finally make PO Box service a true "Premium service" for the smaller offices, and be a possible revenue windfall. I think you can do 6 days in the non delivery offices pretty easily, since all of their mail would be po box mail, whereas the mail in the delivery offices would have issues with seperating the box mail from the street mail. Also a good way to make the smaller offices more productive, and take some of the load off the bigger offices.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    the usps should work with the postal unions to develope an acceptable plan to go to 5-day delivery.obviously it is in the best interest of all that this accomplished.unfortunately the fear of how jobs are eliminated for the rank and file is preventing the parties from cooperating.
    if the po were to do layoffs (as many fear would happen)it would cost $25,000+ per employee in severance and unemployment comp.if they would use this money instead to offer early out bonuses, i believe they would easily accomplish the 15% reduction in the workforce, which would be needed.the po would also have a much younger, more capable workforce who make less per hour, have less vacation time and are not sitting on a mountain of sick leave and ready to use it.
    by coming up with a plan that avoids layoff and possibly makes PTFs, regulars and TEs, PTFs, the po would not only win over congress, but also the unions who have much influence with congress. WIN_WIN

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    I recently retired after 42 years. The revenue generated for the postal service comes in over the window. Better customer service is necessary. Management is cutting more and more jobs and the customer is suffering because of this. The lines are long and there is not enough staff to handle customers. The vending machines were removed from the lobbies so one has to wait just to buy a book of stamps.

    Bring in Donald Trump and fire most of management, starting with Potter.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    I want to mention about the direct deposit,as all we remember we used to get the paycheck by mail but somehow the postal service want to save their paper and effort to make the paycheck they recommend the employee to have the direct deposit,now you can simply go to the postal-ease ,with a click of button you can set up your own account,and you do not pay anything,nada.

    Not just a postal service for instance, the social security check is same situation,they recommend the recipient to have a direct deposit so they do not have to wait in front of their mailbox to get the check anymore.

    what the us postal service did to set up any kind of method to charge any amount for this web transaction?

    Nothing!

    Now, everybody makes the similar on line transaction through the internet because the all the government agency especially us postal service which is they are the one cut their own throat for recommending these kind of web-based direct deposit to their employee for their own conveniences.

    they are cutting their service by their own hands so No service provided so No revenues.

    even if the postal employee retirement the postal service forced to have the e-payment and communicate with e mail and file e-taxes.

    I would say the postal service have No right to blame the employee,

    Instead,they should ask themselves why they didn't do anything about it.

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

    the usps should work with the postal unions to develope an acceptable plan to go to 5-day delivery.obviously it is in the best interest of all that this accomplished.unfortunately the fear of how jobs are eliminated for the rank and file is preventing the parties from cooperating.
    if the po were to do layoffs (as many fear would happen)it would cost $25,000+ per employee in severance and unemployment comp.if they would use this money instead to offer early out bonuses, i believe they would easily accomplish the 15% reduction in the workforce, which would be needed.the po would also have a much younger, more capable workforce who make less per hour, have less vacation time and are not sitting on a mountain of sick leave and ready to use it.
    by coming up with a plan that avoids layoff and possibly makes PTFs, regulars and TEs, PTFs, the po would not only win over congress, but also the unions who have much influence with congress. WIN_WIN

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

    in response to small town pm,i (a city letter carrier/union steward) just took a survey amongst our 80 plus city carriers and found out near 75% of them thought eliminating saturday delivery would be beneficial to them and the po. as for "you must be a craft employee," we too are out to save the po and are just as sincere about doing what it takes to do so. in fact our "career 204s" were completely against us going to 5-day delivery because they are the only ones working 6 days.even our pm was encouraging us to work hard to do what it takes to save routes during the latest route adjustment...he did not want his office to drop below a level 22.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Potter wants the Postal Service to look bad. Then the politicians that he is still buddies with in Washington, can push to privatetize the USPS. No matter what, Potter will still get his bonus!

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail   5 years 8 months ago

    Just what would be the charge on this? Some papers deliver it already in the for $29 per thousand for a single sheet flyer. Can the Post Office offer this rate? Also, most times 1,000 flyers doesn't get the saturation an advertiser needs to pull in customers.

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

    I haven't read all the comments so if someone else came up with this idea I'm sorry to repeat it.

    I came across this simple idea by requesting a free catalog. It cost the company Cutters (they make football gloves) $1.xx to send me it.I heard USPS is the second largest employer behind walmart. So if every employee goes out and request a free catalog from the many websites they frequent it'll will generate some revenue. Easy. Simple. It won't solve all our problems but something is better than nothing.

    Other websites I get catalogs from. Eastbay. CCS. Cheaper than Dirt. There's thousands out there. So go out and request free catalogs. And who knows you might find something you like from the company and it'll be worth it for them also.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    mm
    I know that their base might be 61k,but that's for a level 15 office.I work in a level 18,and his base is 67k plus he gets paid for every hour he's on the clock.You noticed I never said working.Add his total hours up,and we have managers here making over 90k a year.One of them was so stupid,he even told this to one of the carrier he made 95k last year. He also said that if we would give up one of our 10 min. breaks,the PO wouldn't have this money problem.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Not so dude!

    Political gender has zero to do with the USPS.

    If the USPS was a government agency, they couldn't hire casual employees, who don't have a collective bargaining agreement.

    Those employees would have to work for a company
    like Blackwater in Iraq. Every casual employee that
    works for the USPS is a liability on the USPS balance sheet. Whereas, a contractor provides their own liability policies under the USPS umbrella.
    The USPS is self insured, however every outside contractor/vendor must meet the obligations of standard contract terms.

  • Reply to: City Delivery Route Consolidation   5 years 8 months ago

    Truly smart business don't just look at HUGE things they can do to save money, they look at the small things that add up. In my husband's office (which I used to work at also), each day management makes carriers go out for a second run of deliveries to make sure all first class letters go out every day. At $20-$40 an hour to pay 3-4 people to go back out for a handful of .30-.45 cent items, it's a loss of several hundred dollars a day just for one office. Multiply that by 10K offices and how much is being lost every day? The logic fails me. First of all, it's first class, not Express Mail. Second, customers do not go back out to check their box a second time, so they don't even know they got it that day! But I guess slogans like "Every piece every day" sound good.

    Then their is the pricing of products. Too many deep discounts for mass mailers. So many parcel choices that customers can't use the automated equipment in the lobby because they don't even know how they should mail their parcel because there are too many choices and the pricing structure is unclear. Refining product choices, and eliminating redundant or loss-producing choices could save a lot of money.

    What about looking at years when they were showing a profit and going back to the same ratio of delivery points per piece of mail? Consolidating not only routes, but offices, and then selling or leasing the excess real estate?

    If the Postal Service asked it's own carriers how to save money, instead of their management, they would get vastly different answers. Real answers. Carriers see where the money is wasted, the man-hours, and they care about preserving the Postal Service and their jobs. Management just wants to keep their budget intact for next year, just as big as last year, so they have no motivation to actually save.

    Rural carriers were ripped off in the last count and took huge pay cuts due to lack of mail volume. What about Post Masters? Why not have their salary based on the mail volume of their office, so they can have a nice pay cut too? Or why not eliminate this "figure head" position? When I worked for the Postal service our PM sat in his chair with his FEET ON THE DESK reading the newspaper for HOURS every morning. I don't think the higher-ups realize how many hours a day could be cut from management without affecting operations.How about one area manager and no PMs? Why not have the number of supervisors and 204Bs an office is allowed to employ be based on the mail volume as well?

    I always choose the USPS. They give an outstanding service for a pittance. I get to mail packages for about half what the UPS store quotes me. I get free packing supplies, and super nice clerks. Why doesn't everyone know how much cheaper they are than UPS? How about instead of advertising for supporting Lance Armstrong or other equally stupid money-wasting BS they actually advertise a comparison of shipping rates? In this economy people want to save money!

    There are so many ways to save money and generate income. Other businesses use them all the time. The problem with the PS is they are so big, the high-higher ups who make the decisions don't know what's going on in the local offices. There are too many layers to the management, each layer trusting the one beneath it, and what they fail to grasp is that there is an ingrained, good-old-boys club of managers who seek only to keep their cushy positions and meet for lunch. Not a group that can be trusted to do what is best for the business.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Much of the carrier time in College/University towns ia spent on COA's. In fact, USPS statistics reveal that over 40% of Americans move each year. This eats up a lot of clerk time, Sales Associates time, carriers time and CFS! Let's do a cost study to see how much it costs us down to the hard copy change order form and then charge for this service. Why give it away? They are acaptive audience and will have to pay to get their mail to follow them. Charge them $10 or more-whatever our cost is PLUS 100% just like retail everywhee else. There ain't no free lunch!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Fuel efficient vehicles would save a ton of money. While it is not our saving answer, it would sure as hell help.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Excellent idea, let's do the math. 46 million change of addresses were filed last year. Let's say we charge $20.00 for each one, wow we just collected $920,000,000.00 and let's charge $3.00 to do vacation holds too. There's a billion right in front of us !!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Ah get off their backs, whattya want for 65-90 grand a year !!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    I think the best thing the Postal Service could do, is take back our parcel business. They have given it away to UPS and FED EX. The mail may go away, but people still order on line and expect delivery.
    I have done some experimenting with a particular business and how they ship. The cheapest way to ship is through UPS, but is delivered by USPS. It makes no sense.
    And also when a postal customer insures a package, and it is damaged, they have to fight to be made whole. It then gets advertised by a news team, and that would stop anyone from using that service.

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

    The postal service states they want to increase use of FSS automation. Why can't we require (or even provide) the company that prints Advos or Red Plums to put the thing in an envelope. That way it could be worked in with the FSS mail doing away with an akward 3rd bundle.

Pages