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

    Eliminate the Mystery Shopper Program and allow the window clerk's to provide the best service available to meet his/her customers needs. This would move the customer line and cut the wait inline time. Its hard to sell Express Mail second day service at $17.50 when Priority Mail at $4.95 get there in 2 days also. Recommnding Express Mail as stated above makes the window clerk look like a fool in the customers eyes but Mystery Shopper Program requires the window clerk to offer the service.

    If Post Offices have a Manager or Supervisor available during window service hours, why not have them become Notary Public and charge customers a few dollars for this service. That fee would be pure profit. Since we process passpots, one of the forms we see alot of is the consent form which must be notarize which we would be able to perform on the spot instead of sending the customer out to find a Notary. Again profit and customer service provided.

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

    The post office is looking for ways to improve? Really? How about this novel idea...enforce currently polices, rules and guidelines! To do some of these, the role of the union may need to be minimized, alter or changed.
    Example...write up and get rid of employees who sleep on the job and don't tell me you can't...enforce the rules, private industry wouldn't put up with that.
    Example...An employee has lost his license due to DWI. What does the post office do? Has another employee drive his route for him, so he can continue to deliver the mail. How nice to have a chaffauer! Where is feeling the consequences of your actions?
    Example...harrasment... when has that ever been taken seriously? Stop wasting money sending letters to the house that says you do. Where is the action?
    Example... if you really want to offer an early out, then offer it with no penalty. Otherwise, who wants to leave, especially in this economy?
    Example....ask the union to stop wasting your money! How many times were you harrassed with call during the election telling you who you should vote for. Last time I heard, we were still free in this country.

    Lets start with these!

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

    Get rid of delivery scores as a measure for pay increases, millions are wasted delivering handfulls of mail in the persuit of the EXFC score.

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

    Eliminate bed loading of trucks it takes longer to unload puts employees at risk for injury and it is a waste of cube on trailers. By stoping bedloads some runs could be eliminated saving on transportation costs.

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

    Randy S.,

    If you pay 70 cents for "two-way" Delivery Confirmation, you can keep track of: 1. When you mail your DVD's/parcels out. and 2. When your customer mails them back by having them scanned by the carrier. We will scan them on pick-up when it is requested.

    For many, many, years the USPS has been seriously lacking in how to run an efficient operation. There are WAY, WAY, TOO MANY management personnel who are only in management beacuse they cannot do the job of craft employees. They are also protected by others including members of their own families who are either high level bosses in the USPS or elected politicians. When they screw up and cost the USPS thousands of dollars each and every year, they are NEVER held accountable. I should know. I have been on the receiving end of two office-wide monetary greivance settlements in the last 25 years that cost the USPS over $1,000,000.00!!! I guarantee you that no heads were rolled over either one of those incidents.

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

    Evaluated routes for all carriers, close down small town offices nationwide and Consolidate offices, abolish the postmaster job and replace it with a roaming regional manager, account temps to input data into computer, no more 204B's, take advantage of all valuable postal property and advertise with billboards, signs etc., advertising on postal trucks, abolish a lot of the EAS positions from a total of 50,000 to 25,000, No more diversity in management( most qualified gets the job!), contract out cleaning services, more fuel efficient vehicles or hybrids, do away with the Board of Governors! Generate new sales,Create new products and revenue!,offer major discounts to mass mailers, hire a marketing firm,go public with a stock offering and establish profit sharing for employees. Team up with Google for brains and cash flow!

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

    O'k not a lot of people are going to like this recommendation. First since the FSS is right around the corner for most office's you need to adjust how the carriers are delivering the mail (walking,park&loop,dismount,curbside). The p.o. at the top needs to come to the relization that the way to save a bucket of money is to make it less costly for the carrier to deliver the mail. Whats the cheapest? Obviously, doing it the rural way with, you get paid by the piece. NOT going to happen!! So, the next cheapest is top have the carrier DRIVE the route! Thats right, convert as many areas as possible to curbline. You can make bigger routes and not have to deal with GRUMPY carriers who slow down to get there route's shortened because there route is just way too long, no matter how you look at it, this is true. They'll be more willing to not call out on those rainey, snowy days and will be better enthused to do there jobs. Now, the regulation doesn't allow the p.o. to just change where peoples maibox's are. Who can change the regulation? Who made it? The P.O.! Go to the BOG and tell them, during this time of finnancial troubles we need to do this! Tell all those senator's and congressman WE NEED TO DO THIS! And then do it. With the FSS the mounted routes were going to be the routes with the biggest gain in stops over the park & Loop routes. My route takes me between 5:45 and 6:00 hours to deliver Doing it all park & Loop, I have no doubt, doing it curbside would only take me 4:00 hours to complete. I truely believe that when FSS come's to my area that i will not, and so do a lot of other carriers in my office, speed up to deliver the mail. With not having alot of office time and more time on the road, curbside delivery is the way to go! It eliminates the one biggest thing that hurts the p.o. and thats the waste of time most, not all, that the carriers do WALKING.

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

    I'd be happy to "give back $10 per paycheck" if I knew the money was actually going to be used in a proper way. As a rural carrier these people lie, cheat and steal on a yearly basis to "take back" thousands of dollars from me and most other carriers during their corrupt mail counts.
    You'll notice they didn't offer the bulk mailers any "summer sale" type discounts during a mail count. Instead they give them discounts to NOT mail during that period.
    Potters "bonuses" are more than most of us will see in a lifetime.

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

    postalbear.... Nice idea. However if you go back to my comments posted a half hour earlier (6:41pm) I believe you'll see I said the exact same thing.

    Nonetheless I can't believe the USPS hasn't utilized this. Then again when you look at the rest of their decisions, I guess I can believe it.

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

    Keep the 6 day work week. Have each carrier cover 2 routes, rotating every day between the 2. T-6's would have to know 10 routes. Higher value 1st class, priority, and express mail gets delivered every day by newly appointed Special Carriers. All other mail gets delivered every other day.
    This would ensure the ability to get mail to someone every day, depending on the mail classification, and every other day to every address, non preferential and 1st class letters, second class.
    This system would make it difficult for competitors to fill in the void.
    This system could be implemented to the existing structure without major change and could easily be reverted back again if things change for the better down the road.
    You'll be eliminating 1/2 the carriers, plus retaining some as special carriers= you'll only need 2/3 our present carrier force.
    Non preferential mail will only be delayed 1 day.

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

    they need to cut managers we have 3 to 4 everyday WHY..7 city rtes 38 rural rtes 6 windows.we need a super for every person.clerks leave early carriers go to street so 1 morning supervisor 1 afternoon..we have 3 or 4 why oh plus postmaster that does what(NOTHING).

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

    Well 1st off,I believe the post office should go back under the govt..The reason for this is the post office wouldnt be pushed to profit,they would be pushed to break even..Also the govt would regulate laws so that physical mail could somehow be on the same field as e-mail{maybe charging for emails after a certain amount sent}..The post office isnt designed to be a buisness..Its designed to be a service to the people...Honestly the post office dosent have the proper set up to compete with fedex and ups..We are still contracting work to them..It would be cheaper for us to do it in-house..So here's my ideas..

    To cut costs:

    1.No More Contracting
    2.Offer better buyouts to employees
    3.Use the machines you have
    4.Stop giving out bonuses..

    To Increase Revenue

    1.Advertise about the benefits of physical mail{Espicially 1st class}..

    2.Create a new system called

    3-Day guarantee mail..

    Basically for any 1st class mail piece that wants to be arrived at a certain destination in 3 days,let them spend 44 cents+56 cents for a scan label...Remember most buisnesses use certified mail,but what about the average customer??This would make them more comfy about sending mail...

    3.Push for govt regulation on email

    Lets have a balanced playing field

    4.New pushcarts

    Stolen mail=stolen revenue and another reason for email..Also When mail gets wet,customers get mad..The pushcarts are outdated and we need 2 get with the times..

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

    Bingo!!!!

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

    I sent this idea in about ten years ago when you had a program asking for ideas. I would advertise on the thousands of postal trucks we have. You could have plastic signs with small frames fitted on the trucks for easy transfer.(say maybe a 2' by 3' size). Advertising Mcdonalds or Walmart for example could generate millions of dollars. You could do them by time periods (month) or regions (northeast). Get rid of the waiting period for making new stamps with famous people.
    You will lose millions by not making a Michael Jackson stamp this year. Of course there is the management problem. I would think you could eliminate 1/2 to 2/3 of the postmasters (post office and large city) and use district managers working approx. 3 offices in an area. That alone would save almost a billion a year. Considering 32,000 p.o.s the last time I heard and who knows how many city postmasters.)

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

    What....you mean its not so the Postmaster get a bonus????

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

    But 60% of that is management wages...not the working class!!!!!

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

    Garindan is certainly getting to the gist of most of the problem. I am no longer in a Plant facility, but see similar things where I work. Their is the Postmaster..Manager of Customer Service..4 level 19's..6 Supervisors..does it really take this much to take care of 1 Main PO and 4 branches with about 120 workers? That is just insane. It would never happen in the outside world.

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

    Last contract negotiations with the NALC, Bill Young propoed a Mon-Fri regular workforce, with a Sat workforce made up of all Temps (including retired carriers. The cost of the Sat. workforce would be reduced (no benefits at all), and Sat. delivery would be saved! Any temp. shortages in Carriers on any given Sat. could be backfilled from the Overtime Dersired List (only in emergencies) and the use of retired Carriers would utilize their experience. Another suggestion would be to give Postmasters back their authority over Plant Managers. When GMF Plant managers became equal to Delivery Postmasters; that's when the lack of co-ordination between processing and delivery began, Often the bulk mail is not properly spread amongst the light first class mail days, and often Carriers are held hostage waiting for their mail in the mornong.

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

    We (carriers)are told that it is a clerks job.....and not to worry about it!!!

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

    Contracting out will be a "death spiral" ....unless you contract out management!!!!!

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

    Typical manager.....

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

    BINGO!!!!! Never will happen...makes too much $ense!!!

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

    "FIVE DAY DELIVERY IS A MUST.AFTER THIS PAST HOLIDAY (JULY 4TH)WE CAME TO WORK ON MONDAY AND ALL THE MAIL WENT OUT WITH NO DELAYING OF ANY CLASS MAIL"...
    It only took 10.5 hours to do it...and we delayed 3rd class...so what's a little over time?????? then overtime on Tuesday, Wednesday...

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

    Offer cash incentives, you can bet there won't be a stampede of people out the door like in '92, many are afraid to go due to declining economy. yet, others like myself will break the door down to exit. Target CSRS and the injured first, the numbers are there.

    Cut back on management and stop MDO's from hiring men and women they are sexually involved with and bring back the the ones they have detailed out the buildings into made up positions. Accept the fact that employees run the operations and have a group leader in every operation to continue doing so.

    To piggy back on the cash offers, how can there not be asvings in paying employees to leave? For each salaried craft employee a 25,000.00 incentive is like giving away a half of years salary to save on years of payroll. It is only a win win situation.

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

    "204B’s should supervise/count mail in the morning, and carry mail in the afternoon. 4 and 4, or maybe 3 supervising, and 5 carrying. I dont have the exact figures in front of me."....
    That would be a contract violation...but that has not stopped management from "wasting" even more money trying!!!!

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