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

    Mount all routes.

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

    Your right about "something else to keep up with". Lord only knows that we don't need anymore "reports" to have to keep track of. So therefore...I now agree with "no freebies"!! Furthermore, people WOULD just try to skirt the system anyway. CHARGE THEM NOW!!!!!

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

    A voice of reason in an otherwise symphony of us vs them. We are looking for someone at HQ to replace the current PMG. You'll get my vote.

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

    1. 5 day delivery
    2. get rid of mystery shopper program
    3. get rid of the price waterhouse exfc program {this is a total waste of money!!}
    4. get rid of collection routes. we use to pick up
    these boxes for free !!
    5. change all routes to curbline or ndcbu's where
    possible. but don't make the customer pay to install the boxes. have the post office pay for the installation. the number of routes eliminated by this will more than pay for it in less than a year. that will make the public more likely to go along with it.

    6. less management.

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

    Get rid of the private contracts. These people are not Letter carriers or RCA's. They applied for these routes and have gotten them away from the carriers in the office that have gone thru the background check and the training we all have had. They do not take packages unless they fit in the mailboxes, nor do they take any accountable mail. Talk about customer service, and this is allowed to go on. Give these routes back to the shortest route in the post office. This would save a lot of money.

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

    Convert all Park and loop rts in suburbia to curbline. Give the public 1 yrs notice.

    Let carriers sort/prepare mail for the street using any method they choose...as long as they do it in 8hrs.

    Give the local PM control over hiring

    Pay a commision % on any new sales and sale leads via customer connect. Fedex's Fred Smith has said his biggest fear is if USPS let's loose it's employees as a sales force....not what we are doing now..pay a commison and you will see the # of leads explode.

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

    I don't know if leaving notes on the internet will help change the postal sevice but I'm willing to give it a try. In my area of pa we have supervisor and acting postmaster acting like they have power of the employees while we are in the office. after they push us out the door to make there bogus numbers look good they all take a break for 5 - 6 hrs when we come back from the street. yes I say bogus numbers. I said to a supervisor one day do you agree with your bank statement every month without look at it. guess what he said yes. If you review the daily numbers you would see they are bogus. supervisors and acting postmaster need to be leaders not dictators. I truely believe if there bosses would review what there postmaters and supervisors are doing you would see they waste all of money with the postal sevice..If anyone need facts or proof on what happens around our area i'll be glad to show anyone around from the oig what i mean.. the leadership with the postal service needs to lead by example not by dictatorship. honest days work for honest days pay. so oig come to my office and let take a tour and to honestly see the wastefull spending you have as leaders. I use to be an auditor in the real world.

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

    why does the postmaster in middlefield,CT. only have to work 4 hours a day and shows up on saturday for a few minutes just to prove he worked a full week? what a racket this guy has going on that nobody seems to care about what he's doing.............also why does my OIC in our meriden,CT. office drive around the streets all day with another supervisor checking up on carriers day after day? you telling me they have nothing else to do?

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

    wow so many good replies, i wonder if come wednesday if reducing management/getting rid of pm's will be an option we can vote on....

    1. last week it was said that the gao is giving us 6500 cars that are either e85 compatible or electric. the cost? free. instead of potter asking to get rid of a day of delivery, how about asking for a complete fleet replacement, it would give the car companies orders, it would start the switch to electric and the public would be incredibly happy that we have set the bar, not to mention a demo congress would easily pass a bill like that.

    2. i see again today that the usps is pushing as hard as it can to get rid of 6 day, which again, while i understand the unions want the jobs, they also see the writing on the wall that doing so would kill our business even more than it has been.

    3. as far as energy efficiency is concerned, as someone said turn off the heat during the winter, the machines have more than enough heat coming from them to keep it warm. turn off the dbcs's and all the other machines after tour 1 leaves, clean them, do maint, and turn them off, tour 3 only uses 3 machines when they come in, so you could keep machines off from 6am until 9pm that night, if nothing else turn off the monitors on the machines, they are not needed for more than 1 tour for most machines. get rid of the old printers attached to each printer, every machine connects to one computer anyway, why do we have these wasteful printers, taking up space, needing old hard to find pieces, and wasting energy? also have the people that make each machine make an energy modification to save energy when each machine is on, this is easily done.

    4. the saving the rubber band idea above is the same i have though of before, they are all over the floors, and custodians just sweep them up and throw them away, it costs thousands a year to order them, it sounds small and dumb, but this could save money.

    5. i also agree with getting rid of management in a few areas, first like all have said, what the heck do 5 supervisors do when carriers leave everyday? so we have 5 supervisors, a postmaster, and his secretary. so when carriers hit the street, they all sit there and eat and talk for 6 hours, what a waste! come on usps that is just ridiculous. also there is no reason that the pm's cant go to more than one office, mine has a secretary and a supervisor that does his duties, all he does is paperwork that keeps on being added on to by others above him to help keep him busy to justify not only his job, but their jobs, by making it look like they are busy.

    6. concentrate on advertising, others have said people know what we do, but thats not always true, people would come to the window and have no idea we did certain things. keep on advertising, its a huge thing that every company does and realizes that it drums up business. speaking of, we had a 90/90 blitz needs to be year round, we need to have a 24 hour number to send in tips on business leads, this has to happen to keep up business leads, the sales department is not a waste, if nothing else it needs to be bigger.

    7. stop cutting the window hours! while i realize that not as much is done at the window now as there used to be, people dont want to stand in line, while there is one window clerk because people at the top dont think there is as much of a need, i mean are you kidding me? this is our revenue! and for goodness sakes get rid of the mystery shopper, while i realize what it is supposed to do, its irritating and causes longer lines and pure frustration

    8. move the csbcs machines back into the p&dc's, they are wasting time and money and take more people and time to do a dps run than we can do in the p&dc. some are saying some of our ao's are taking until 10 or 11 to hit the street! we can have the mail done at 5 or 6am cutting tons of labor costs, energy costs, no need for an et at each office. while i see that this is slowly happening, speed it up, its easy money.

    9. develop end to end scanning! everyone else uses it, and we are way behind the curve on this, i can guarantee you one reason we didnt get as much business as we should have is there is no way to track packages! also we used to offer packages that came with delivery confirm. and while i see the need to have fss, i say cancel them and spend the money one a. end to end scanning, and b. machines that can sort/scan the packages, look at any fedex or ups hub and the machines require very little human intervention, not only that, but while they sort, they scan/track each package. why not add an ocr to the apps/spbs machines?

    10. offer and early out! why this is so hard to figure out is beyond me, and you dont even have to offer money! is has been discussed in some circles to just add 5 years to peoples time and no penalty, how much would this cost you? very very little, and none up front! this is so easy, yet management just drags their feet, and acts like its so hard, not to mention if you did offer money, say you spent a billion on money for early outs, it would have billions more in labor costs.

    11. move every plant to be open from 6pm until 6am, it would save alot of money.

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

    Management and/or the USPS don't know how to be proactive or positive or consructive. Everything they do is to cover-up, clean-up (their own messes) or violate the contract. They would rather cost the Postal Service money and then blame it on the city carriers and try to take what little fat there is off of the craft employees. If the USPS would only follow the conract that they sign, punish the managers that violate the contract instead of giving them bonuses (which they don't deserve.) That means you managers out there who knowingly violate the contract and waste USPS money, time and effort, then you are part of the problem not part of the solution. As many grievances as I did between 2006 and 2008 (especially Article 8's.)the Postal Service should be ashamed of themselves for throwing away so much money! In Region 2 with the last contract, management's phylosopy was it is better to pay an City Carriers OT and V time, working us 12-14 hours (in unsafe conditions) in my office than it was to hire new carriers. Now with the new contract my PM hired 5 TE's at the end of 2007, wiped out the majority of the OT for this office. I might add that it was us ODL's and all the years of forcing out non-list carriers that has kept the Postal Service afloat. So the five TE's were an over-hire for our office. It was like a slap in the face to us carriers taking away the majority of our overtime. This was at the same time as when the economy was really going downhill. The Postal Service saw this coming. They have seen this coming for years. Management is even guilty of the demise of the USPS. Everyday there is E-mails passed back between all office and MPOO's. They can't send a letter anymore to one another?
    How about Customer Connect? Before my new and improved route revision in 01/09 I didn't even have time to do Customer Connect then. Now that I have 200 more stops on my 12.60 mile walking route I sure don't have any time to bail out the USPS except doing a fair days work for a fair days pay. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to have an over-paid manager that is sitting around mid-morning or early afternoon drum up more customers? I'm amazed at how the USPS has been in service for over 200 years. With the last 2 decades of management thinking, I can see why the Postal Service is in self-destruct mode. Even the dinosours are extinct! I'm not even going to touch on the VERA situation and the stupidity behind that.
    So there's a little brainstorming. I hope that if there is just one manager out there that reads this and has any integrity that they will pass this up to someone higher up. Maybe the word will get around. Woop! I'm sorry, that was proactive. That ain't gonna happen.

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

    The PO pays IBM to test delivery standard. Either greatly reduce the scope of testing or stop wasting these million and utilize the automation equipment tracking abilities. This provides a excellent indication if the mail will be delivered timely

    The PO wasted millions sending out Dilbert postcards that didn't even run well on its equipment. I suggest creating a DVD showing how mail is handled, what impacts machine performance, provide barcoding software on it, add mail types/features (ie Priority, express mail, Delivery confirmation, etc). Also have a kid friendly movies on mail flow and perhaps a game or two which will ensure it doesn't get thrown in the trash in houses with kids. I am sure there can be several other benifical items added. If 10% of the mail quality is improved the PO will save billions and delivery quality will improve even more then the current levels.

    Hold carriers accountable for dumping their undelivered or return to sender mail back into the collection mail. This causes all sorts of problems on the equipment and delays mail delivery.

    Deploy the new AFCS 200 equipment, ASAP. The current machines do not read some of the new computer/technology generated stamps while the new machine uses a camera based detection system (from what I am told). This will reduce rehandling and ensure proper postage is being used.

    As far as reducing management or craft positions I say stop blaming others for the problems the PO is facing. There are good and bad at every facility. If reducing complement, craft or management, is warranted then so be it. This is a business and has to be run like one in order for it to survive.

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

    Create 7 hour positions for management and craft. With the automated equipment, i.e. computers , etc. we do not need an 8 hour work day any longer. The sdame amount of work will get done in a 7 hour, 35 hour work week per emp[loyee as gets done now. Push the change in work to get this done with the Unions. Start with management. Letter carriers will not last working 7 hours on the street. Compesation costs will rise. Save 12% of our most expensive iyem in a short period of time...salaries.

    Increase advertising to generate revenue. You would be surprised how many pewople know very little of what services and products.we have to offer.

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

    The Post Office has so many levels of redundant management it is not funny. Plant managers earning in excess of 100k can not make simple decisions concerning their offices, they have to get the ok from the District Manager. District managers need the ok from the Area Vice President and so on. District offices could be cut with very little problem, and this way offices can stay open and we can continue to provide great service to our customers.

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

    Maybe get rid of the office of the OIG? How about eliminate the "diversity" office? Teach managers to manage humanely and following the contract.

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

    Nostradamus - just wanted to make sure that my previous comment got to you.....the one about you belong at headquarters - awesome post was meant for your post of 7/13 at 3:28pm

    My input would be YES this is a service business and we are not merely a business but an institution like Mom and Apple Pie - All the talk of 5 day a week delivery, cutting jobs, etc is going to hurt us more than help us - How can we provide excellent customer service when hundreds of thousands of people are afraid of loosing their jobs?

    This blog is a really good idea but lets expand it - How about a way to submit an idea or suggestion and get a response? We could also do so much to increase revenue by bringing back the level of pride in our employer to each and every Postal Worker - We all should want to tell people "I work for the greatest company in the world and you should do business with them!"

    How about another novel concept - Postal Workers should avoid on line bill pay, Come on now that 44 cents helps pay your salary!

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

    The postal service needs to bring back special delivery which means we still do have Saturday and Sunday runs, just not with a full crew. That is where new hires and overtime with rotating crews come in. It's as simple as common sense. Postmasters need to control the office and deliver mail volumes to their carriers in their station and they aren't met, then a team goes over the results. No need for middle management. Unbloat the management and the postal service remains viable.

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

    you belong at headquarters - awesome post!

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

    Hire backs.

    Example: Level 18=21 PM
    Let them retire without penalty or a small incentive to make up the difference.
    Hire them back at a per diem rate like a TE until the PO gets there feet back on the ground.
    The hire backs would work a 20 hour week.
    Same could be done with EAS 17's in front line jobs.

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

    I remember the UPS strike. At the time I worked in logistics for a large multi-national company. Monthe before the strike we started to divert packages to USPS piority mail. The local USPS sales rep told us that we can not handle any extra packages at our facility, if we want to ship with USPS we would have to take them to the nearest plant. TRUE STORY

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

    That is the best and most thought out plan that I've seen since I've been with the PO.
    Nostradamus for PMG!!

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

    All supervisor postions need to be accountable for all time to show that they can work efficiently. If your automatic clock rings you in for 5:30am that supervisor should be in the office at 5:30am. Instead we have supervisors throughtout the USPS that come in later and have to play catch up all day. Carriers are only in the office until 11:00am. Carriers look to our supervisors for assistance. I know that I do not like to feel as if my question or concerns for the customers mail is not worthy of her time.
    Four weeks ago OIG came to our office and made it very clear that clock rings are not anything you want to manipulate. I feel that if you are on automatic clock rings you have a responsiblity to be there at that time, otherwise you are stealig from USPS.

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

    USPS has fleets of tens of thousands of mail trucks and tractor trailers. Sell advertising space on them to national companies. We could possibly raise an extra billion dollars a year. Sell interior ads in lobbies of post offices to either local companies or national companies just like movie theaters sell ads. Maybe even put in flat screen TV's displaying ads we sell in our lobbies. Sell postmark ads like "drink coca cola" or "drive a ford". We could probably raise a lot of extra revenue there as well.

    To get around concerns about competing with private companies team up with those companies that are already in the outdoor advertising business as partners. I could be wrong but I think there is only one possibly two major outdoor advertising companies.

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

    1. Have one Postmaster over 5 offices(that earn a PM and a Supervisor)and 6 supervisors. The PM works at one office a day and the supervisors work at their office.The sixth supervisor could be like a t-6 and covers leave and day off situations.This would eliminate 3 EAS postitions for every 5 offices.
    2. All the long term injured employees- find them somewhere else to work- keeping them around only makes the other employees fell like they are pulling the load for two people.Spend money to investigate their claims-I bet it would pay for itself easily.

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

    I wish you carriers the best of luck in the future with the U.S. Postal Service. Today your PMG mentioned that the U.S. Postal Service is in Financial Quicksand even with the passage of HR-22.
    2.3 billon last year and possibly 6.7 billon this year is the financial quicksand mentioned most recently. How much red ink can the U.S. Postal Service withstand trying to get out of the financial quicksand?

    What happen to the large telephone companies in the 60's and 70's may be the same type of quicksand Mr. Potter is refering to. How about GM and the auto industry??? The best solution is to work hard and do what it takes to make the U.S. Postal Service viable in the future.

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

    where does one start? First off,I was at my state conv. and heard our DM cry because he said his salary has been froze. Well,I say tough sh--,the rural carriers,city carriers,and clerks have been cut,bet we would all wish our salaries were just froze.

    Another thing,when I started back in 1984,we sorted the mail by hand,no dps letters,no dps flats,and we handled way more mail than we do today. The postmasters and supervisiors had to do stuff manually also. Now how many millions has it cost the USPS to put all the scanners,a fax machine,computer,copier,electronic scales,etc in every office in the country. The USPS says our mail volume has dropped drastically,which it has,so why have we spent all this money on all that equipment when there was signs the mail volume was going to drop.

    Next,I saw a website where you can view anyones salary in the post office. All the big shots sitting behind a desk,not doing the actual work that we all do are making huge dollars,many 100,000/yr,some more than 200,000/yr,and yet they complain their salary has been froze. We could easily eliminate so many management positions in many,many small offices across this country,and save millions. Our fearless leader says he wants to cut 100 million hours. Even if those hours averaged 30.00/hr,that works out to be in the neighborhood of 3 billion/yr. Good idea huh,well when we are projecting a 6 billion loss this year,we are still 3 billion short.

    A strange idea,why not sell advertising on stamps? Do we need movie stars,presidents,cars,animals,etc on stamps? Why not do a study and see what major companies like coke,nike,gm,ibm,pepsi,etc would pay to put their logo on a first class stamp. Just an idea,but maybe worth looking into.

    Bottom line is,the USPS needs to fix things now to generate revenue. This can't be a long term idea,because at the rate we are losing money,we can survive like we are. I just dont know how we have slipped so deep in debt so fast. Yes,a big factore is the internet,our dwindling mail volume,but I think Potter and his cronies have done way to much wasted spending that didnt need to be done. Nobody says anything,but who paid for all the t-shirts they want everyone to wear,where did the money come from to sponser a bike riding team,etc. In my mind,pretty foolish spending when our company is facing troubled times.

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