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

    This is a great list of ideas

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

    This is an inane comment submitted by too many postal employees. We need to wakeup. The technology and market are changing and evolving and in order to survive, we must change with the times. Trying to ressurect first class letter mail is a waste of time. It's like telling electronic manufacturing employees to purchase VHS videos to keep the technology alive. It's just not going to happen. USPS needs to realize that the art of letters is gone. It is time to put some serious focus on parcels.

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

    TAX online bill payments 50 cents per payment. Also charge each company 50 cents per customer per month that offer to "Go Green". All of this tax money will recoop the money lost by these "Services".

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

    I could not have said this better myself!!! Logs logs logs and more logs.

    District/Area mandated instructions that violate the contract. We just pay the griev to keep it quiet.

    Why do we have areas?

    Why do we have so many districts?

    We do all of our business on telecons now so travel it not an issue.

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

    I think the requirement of being dead 10 years to be on a stamp should be waved and they should put Michael Jackson on a stamp and any other USPS merchandise and products. I'm talking mugs, bags, matted prints, special cancellation etc. The possibilities are endless! Everyone else is cashing in on him , why should'nt the USPS?

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

    Get rid of the BDS bio warfare stuff. It's pretty well agreed that it was a lone nut working for the military that sent the anthrax, but even tho he's dead, we're still spending big bucks daily.

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

    Seems a no-brainer that the USPS should take care of the Census, especially when the Government will pay over 10 billion dollars. Who better know where everyone lives on a day to day basis.........hell, you could probably to it with a push oif a button........better yet, creata a program that could update populations on a weekly basis.........

    Also, the idea that the USPS should be involved with FEMA, if only for logistics, could generate more revenue, AND create more mamangement jobs..........

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

    I believe the Postal Service is top-heavy with management. Reduce the supervisors and managers and create some "real" training for the supervisors and managers that are left. This training would involve people skills: how to motivate, respect, and utilize craft employees best. A course on how to follow the National contract would be especially helpful. The Postal Service has been mismanaged for so many years with a good ol' boy mentality of promoting friends and not by who is the best qualified. It's amazing how many supervisors and managers have no knowledge or experience and once in the position seem to grow huge oversized egos.

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

    someone in a position that matters and can do something had better listen to this guy. if i get excessed i hope i end up in a facility with this person as my supervisor.

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

    Now slow your roll, anon., I don't know about the rest of the folks, but my non-scheduled days are Monday/Tuesday, so my comments will be posted during so-called "working hours". Remember, everybody in the P.O. ain't got banker's hours.

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

    Two ideas:

    1) Close all the CAG K & L Offices as long as there is another p.o. within 20 miles. People drive further to buy groceries then they do to buy a stamp.

    2) Eliminate the many extra levels of management. The USPS is a top-heavy organization. In order to reduce staffing levels, many bean counting tasks would need to be modified or eliminated. For example the job of postmaster and plant manager used to be one position. Now they are two positions with a secretary each. The same can be said of POOMs. Fewer reports generated by underlings means fewer numbers they have to review. i.e. carrier route adjustments and carrier monitoring should be done less often.

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

    First of all,thank you for all postal worker whose doing great job all over the country.

    Back to the subject, how can you save the US postal service?

    That is a good question.

    Look at the past of the postal service was darn good,so you can spend and spend more for this and that were not a big deal, but look at the USPS now, downsizing economy ,people doing on line payment,less mail comes in ,in other words, less money comes in(about 20% less),almost same amount of people still stays in(only 1.7 % early retirement was taken)the agency does not offer any incentives whether they do not want to make a mistake like back in year 2000 or they simply does not want to people to retire and use them until they die I do not know,here is one thing very clear,less money comes in more money they spending will be only one consequence , bankruptcy!

    I have seen the us postal management still doing questionable investment on more machine for example like flat sequencing sorter and maybe already paid the half of the 450 million dollar contract so they still have to keep going even if the mail volume is decreasing,in the name of the it was already done deal.

    I have seen the us postal management spending the money to build the DOCK for 5 million dollar and spending more money for fiber cable contract god knows how much even if the facility schedule to be close within a year and again in the name of the it was already done deal.

    Look at the detail assignment management give each other like buddy buddy system, see how much postal fund spending on those questionable assignment.

    Bottom line,I sure think the sick leave must be not just allow them to use toward the retirement but also they must be able to cash it as well as annual leave .
    so the eligible retirement employee can have little incentive by the leave they earn by themselves.

    what is wrong with that?

    us postal service cannot give them incentive so as the government right?

    listen,they need a money to retire to survive this tough economy(gas and everything rising)

    that way the management will get what they want(# of people retire) that will be No layoff or stupid moving around employee from facility to facility by excess or closure.

    so the focus point of my comment is balancing the agency .

    1.balancing the money in and out,

    2.balancing the management and employee,

    3.balancing between agency and the public

    If the office of general can do this the postal service will be thrive again,

    if not, it will be the sinking ship in the middle of the economy whether they get the help or not

    thanks for seeing my comment.

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

    VERA doesn't seem to be a popular option, but offer it to FERS employees who are retired military. They often don't meet the conventional VERA criterion of federal years of service, but many are 50 years old with at least 10 years of service. They usually have health care coverage through the military, so continuing medical coverage isn't a factor in determining when it's feasible to retire from the Postal Service. I am one of these individuals: Military retiree, over age 50, with 12 years civilian service. If offered early retirement based on the standard FERS formula (1.0% x average high three salary x years of service) WITH NO REDUCTION, I would accept. I don't know how many Postal employees fall within these parameters or how much money would be saved, but it's worth looking into.

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

    Look at General Motors which is now controlled by the Government. They just cut headquarters management by 50% and over all management by 35%. This would be a great start. The position of Postmaster could be totally eliminated and know one would even notice they were gone. Any position in the Postal Service that does not touch mail should be looked at, with all non essential positions eliminated. That is how REAL business models are set up.

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

    Better utilization of the resources available such as the approximately 15 conveyor belt systems currently sitting idle at our and I'm sure other BMC's could be modified with the engeneering departments' wisdom to automate the sorting of what are referred to as sticks, the long narrow parcels that mail handlers now have to hand sort. Some thought would have to go into the method of getting them through the transitions from one conveyor to the next but warrants a look in my opinion. The savings would be in timeliness and processing costs would be lower in the labor catagory once automated. Naturally being in the maintenance department and not mail processing I do not have the current costs.

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

    4.)IOD-injured on duty employees are not the reason why all our jobs are in jeopardy...remember a healthy employee doesn't necessary mean a productive employee. All employees regardless of their injuries or positions should be treated equal. Remember we're in this together.

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

    Eliminate EXFC.
    Declare victory and move on.
    Once you hit 95% who cares? Customers do not
    care when their bills are mailed.Many people us
    email and electronic bill-pay. Customers only care
    about how long it takes to receive products they order through the internet and by phone.
    We pay a lot of money for outside evaluation of our delivery performance.This is data we could periodically retrieve internally for quality control.

    You cannot believe the amount of time and money that is wasted in order deliver missent Mail.
    Front line managers do some expensive things to ensure next day delivery of Mail pieces that the recepient could care less about.

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

    1.Close all small offices, level 18 and down, on saturdays (delivery and retail).
    2.Offer incentive to the 30+ year civil service retirement employess to get them out.
    3.Close small post offices within 2 mile distance of larger offices.
    4.If a rehab or light duty career employee who is guaranteed 40 hrs/week still can't perform duties like a healthy employee after a certain amount of time, they should be terminated or RIFed or something!

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

    "Keep 6 day delivery but have PTF, TE and ODL cover Saturday. (That of course would require union input)"

    This might be an interesting idea if the USPS only offered Saturday service for delivery of Express and Priority Parcels (maybe even for an added fee) and no letters or flats which could be spread through the rest of the week.

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

    I totally agree. Charging for hold mail would be pure profit, since we currently do it for free. As a window clerk, I spend at least 10% of my day walking all over the building looking for hold mail, and most of the time, delivery has already been resumed. Holding mail is much like giving free P O Box service. I think $1 per day to hold mail is reasonable. I say no freebies on hold mail, because if you start offering up to a certain number of holds per year, that's just something else to keep track of.

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

    I really hate to say this, but I would consider "giving back" something like $10-$20 per pay check (or so), not to directly help the USPS "survive" but, indirectly, if the USPS would use that money to offer a real VERA (with an incentive) and promise no carrier layoffs.

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

    Many plants could go to 2 shifts. 4am to noon and noon to 8pm. Eliminate all sunday work. Save most of your night differential, All of your Sunday premium. Give people a more sane schedule and they will produce more with a better attitude. Lets go to at least a 25 to one ratio with management to employee. These shifts might not make mail flow as fast as three. But a question I would like to pose. What price are we paying to get the mail to meet the service standards that now exist. Are they realistic in an environment that is in a major downturn. One other idea is to offer an early out to everyone with 20 years of service regardless of age. Lots of people would willingly leave a company that has been mismanaged into the ground.

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

    Let's be real here. The Post Office needs to do something drastic to stay alive. If they lose saturdays they will have to lose 1000's of employees. If they lay-off 1000's of employees then there will be that many more people sucking off of the government teet (via, unemployment). NOT GOOD! BUT! If they give the old guys a legitimate buy-out, then they would lose enough employees so lay-offs would not be necessary. The retirees would still be contributng to the economy and the unemployment figures would not rise as they would if there were lay-offs. WIN-WIN!!!!!

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

    Evaluated routes is the way to go. We spend too much time watching the carriers to get them to do the job in 8 hours.

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

    ABSOLUTELY Scott, See "Hal's" comment from July 14th below. No penalty; Full retirement annuity and most of the EAS who qualify will go, saving MILLIONS!

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