• Reply to: Business Reply Mail   6 years 1 month ago

    I commented on another post about the fact that I work in a station without a supervisor on duty. I process the BRM mail every morning. If I am not there another person is trained to do the job. We work as a team and we try to cover the window so each of us has time to complete certain duties. Of course there are always days when not everything gets done, but our main focus is making sure the mail we get is all delivered, whether it is BRM, first class, whatever. We time manage ourselves, rather than being micromanaged by management. Works well because we work well together.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    I think that we are top-heavy when it comes to management in our area. The station I work in is a Post Office Box, retail window station. We are associated with a nearby carrier station. (We are under the same finance number). However, our station and one other retail station, do not have supervisors, managers on site. (which is kind of nice, because things run much smoother when we are just allowed to do our job without interference and micromanagement). Our managers all work out of the carrier station, there are at least four of them on duty all the time. They almost never come to our station unless they have to make a bank run for change. So why do we need supervisors that aren't even necessary to get the job done? The supervisors should be thinned out and upper management needs to be listening to the workers that actually interact with the public on a daily basis when making decisions about products, hours, convenience and other things that affect the customers. Thank you.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    I work in a plant that has way too many supervisors. For the most part they just stand around and get in the way and tell employees to do something they already know to do it. Yes, they do a little paper work here and there, but for the most part there are employees that have been doing there jobs for years and know what to do and when to do it without supervision. That being said, there are a few employees that do require supervision, but generally these are the folks that just do not want to work and are there for a free hand out and should be removed somehow someway (but we all know that is not going to happen). Supervisors do not work the mail (or are not supposed to) why pay them all this money to do almost absolutely nothing. Our plant could easily be run by two Managers/supervisors per shift. We generally have at least 7 or 8 supervisors on the floor plus one MDO and sometimes two! This is overkill and a total waste of money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 1 month ago

    I would like to see greater tracking on parcels. Why can't we have a barcode in the box so if we leave a parcel we can tie the scan to the box so we have proof that we put it in the right box? As it is now I have a customer who says they didn't get a parcel. I scanned it delivered at the time I am usually in their area. However there is no proof I put it in the right box.
    Also we need better marketing. I think we need to remind people that there are still some of us out here who like to get hard copy cards more tnen ecards on birthdays and other occasions.
    We also need to market the fact that the internet is less safe a delivery method then the postal service is. Every line and hub your online business crosses is a potential hack in site. IT doesn't matter how many firewall and virus scans you have once it leaves your computor. I have gone back to paying bills by mail and only paying on line in a pinch since I heard an expert explain the facts.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    First of all let's blow this productivity misconception out of the water, the fact is as of last year we were delivering 50% more mail than 20 years ago with fewer delivery employees, automation affected the office times but in the end more than half of that time was from increased street performance, and that my friends is a direct result of the craft employees working harder. What happen this past year is an unprecented economic downturn that directly effected our customer base. Not an employee problem.

    Secondly, can we stop this "evaluated route" talk? Rural carriers are paid the same regardless of the number of hours they work. If they are evaluate 9.5 hours daily they are paid 9.5 hours even if they work 4 hours, the reality is in this case they are paid 5.5 hours for not working--hardly the economic savings needed for the USPS. The reality is that the rural craft savings come from the fact that their "subs" are not career employees and have no health, retirement, etc cost, plus they are paid a lower rate.

    The city craft is the only daily measured employee craft in the USPS, the hostility between management and this craft is the fact that management has developed the basis for their "incentive" pay on the backs of employees that they can measure--hence the lions share of conflict arise because management rides this craft into the ground. Management has created whole new administrative functions and operational support (a boatload of non-productive managers), whose only purpose is to promote and increase management for promotions and incentive pay. It's amazing their only purpose can be summed up in "if you can't dazzle them with brilliance--bury them in bullchips". In private enterprise if your supervisor can't promote efficiency he's fired, in the USPS we create 50 new manager positions and whole new departments to determine why the productivity went down.

    There simply is too many chiefs and not enough indians folks.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    Combine both city and rural carriers crafts into one and let it be "carrier". That would eliminate inner bickering about territory, which would allow management to square routes more efficiently for the customers and the delivery of mail. Have one pay system (evaluated or salaried; they're the same), less supervision would be needed, and the savings on manhours and fuel alone would be immediately realized.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    Not to mention the waste of fuel sitting idling while fingering DPS-duh. Less time on the road, fewer accidents, less likely to be around school kids and people getting home from work.I'm betting that someone is so invested in the machinery that they can't see or don't care what the effect is in practice. Same thing with the flat sorter-we saw a retro fitted LLv and every carrier in the room noted that there was no room for parcels-not an inch-now that we have invested billions in the flat sorters no one is going to modify or back down from this plan-it's someone's baby and I'm sure that someone has enough clout to go full steam ahead-no matter what the consequences are-forget the fact that we no longer get enough flats to fill the LLV's-we'll be hauling partially empty racks around town-now that's efficient.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    In response to item 4-our pm has taken every opportunity to cheat on counts the last several years(this doesn't even count threats and bullying)-I'm sure this person gets a bonus for a portion of the amount that is stolen from rurals. we have a work culture that rewards cheaters and promotes a 'them vs us ' mentality. When people talk about helping the postal service I think of co-workers and can't even stand to think about helping this cheating, slacker keep getting a bonus for cuttting the budget.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    I'm now retired,however,I always found the cost associated with meeting(Bulk mail system)the Van unloading time standards as a terrible waste of money.
    As an example , a trailer arrives at a facility(BMC)and the requirement is to unload that Van within 18 hours,or whatever the time is now. Now we as managers will often do whatever it takes to meet the standards and don't show delays. So we unload the Van place the contents on the floor,and guess what! as far as reports go we are OK.

    That simplified example(above) more times than not,causes an overtime situation. Most of the personnel associated with that operation is aware of our commitment to the time standards, so the craft and sometimes even the supervisor will create a situation that requires additional time, and we can believe whatever theory throws at us(shouldn't happen with procedures in place and etc,etc)but even to the vigilant manager, it becomes sometimes impossible to avoid. This should be revisited, doesn't advance the mail. When the 18 hr rule was put in place, the cost associated with that was just unbelievable to me,it turned out to be one more excuse to work extended hours. This of course pertains to facilities that do not have a tour following them. That is just one small example, I can probably write a book, the unnecessary overtime,is a major issue, and it happens when managers make their reports based on hours rather than money,you can say to the manager well it cost me an additional 8 man hours to unload that van (2 hours 4 mh) doesn't sound too bad,but if you tell the manager that it cost you $280.00 to unload you might get a different reaction.

    Enough from me though these are just issues that I used to try(very hard)to address and was looked at like I had more that one head (3).I often asked the question show me on paper where this insanity pays off.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    1. evaluated routes for city carriers...they are taking 8 hours and alot of days O.T. for delivering 6-7 hours worth of mail. 2. cut management...we don't need the ratio of management to workers that the P.O. is currently operating with. 3. no bouneses... I come to work everyday for my paycheck only and so should everyone else.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    I'll reply.......why were we assessed a "penalty"???? We don't want cash, we would take a full annuity "with no strings attached". I'm CSRS with 30 yrs. of service in and 50 yrs. old; Why was I sent two retirment packages with "penalties" attached??? If you really want the CSRS employees in similar situations as I am in, then why offer a voluntary early retirment if you're going to "penalize" our annuities??? This made no sense whatsoever.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    In total agreement. Why was the "penalty" assessed??? Give those who qualify for VERA their full annuities and it will be overall better for the service in the future. A VERA was offered, but it wasn't a true voluntary early retirement because they assessed a "penalty" for not being 55!! If you want to truly see a cost savings and reduce expenses, give those who qualify for the VERA their full annuities without "penalty" and the cost savings will be SUBSTANTIAL!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY, why the "penalty". Stop penalizing employees who've already put in 30 yrs of service just because they are not yet 55 yrs. old!! It won't cost the USPS any "pay out" money at all. Just stop assessing the "penalty". We don't want $25000 dollars. We just want our full retirement in order to save the business. The USPS would be potentially saving approx. $30000 dollars a year on my salary alone if they would just stop the "PENALTY"!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    Ed, #4 is ABSOLUTELY on target! Why the penalty?? If there was a real need to reduce costs, then why not let the people with 30 yrs in and say 50 yrs old retire with full annuity?? The cost savings would be substantial! I liked the comment someone made about Mr. Potter; Won't he receive some type of cash "bonus" when he retires?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    You're too conservative on your estimate for what the non-workers (manager's) yearly salary is. $61,000 is really a shameful $110,000.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 1 month ago

    Two ideas to submit:

    1. Setup City carrier routes the same as Rural Routes. Rural carriers get no overtime except during the Christmas Holiday. Times are established for the route and that is what the carrier is paid. This idea would eliminate overtime, reduce grievances based on requests for additional street time and reduce the total number of Supervisors needed at the Stations.

    2. Mandate that carriers gas their delivery vehicles first thing in the morning. Gasoline expands when heated. The volume of gas per gallon is actually greater in the morning than in the afternoon due to the heat of the day expanding the gasoline in the storage tank. I submitted this suggestion over ten (10) years ago. It went all the way to Headquarters where I was told the dollar savings does not justify the delayed delivery time to our customers. Maybe now that gasoline is over two dollars a gallon and projected to go back over $3.00 per gallon the idea should be re-evaluated.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    Let's look beyond the normal way of doing business, let's offer our custumers window service at home, let's allow our carriers to conduct all transactions on the road, let's allow our customers to schedule window service the same way they schedule online for a packace pick up.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    How about offering ALL employees an early retirement?
    By that, I mean, quit excluding ET's and maintenance.
    We have seen the writing on the wall and have been planning accordingly. Now that we are prepared to retire and make room for some younger employees, we
    are being excluded from the early offer. Also, a little extra service time or cash would be a bonus.
    I hope someone out there is listening!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    If we put a small charge when mail is put on hold it would add up also

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    The agency should know who is working hard and making $52000 yr who is not working and make $61000 yr.

    The management has to be cut or demoted to lower level,either upper or lower management,without them(50% less) the mail will be still going out No Problem!

    The postal service has clear present financial crisis and it is danger,remember that.

    And like I mention from part 1,the sick leave has to be able to cash it out so the eligible can be retire.

    the Money talks!

    you don't need to make the people excess and compress to the tour 1 even if they have too many people they can bump each other because simply want to make them retire ok?

    how many people can you survive this tough economy without money ?


    how much money the potter will get after he retire?

    1 million dollar!

    how about us? None!

    and curbside delivery has to be done,and the mailbox has to be install. how?

    the offer to the customer(who doe not have curbside) if you buy the $50 worth of service or stamp you will get the mailbox for free. how is that sound?

    If you are less income like rural area, it will be free.

    remember we are the service to the public.

    One last thing to the Office of inspector general,

    Always who steal the money from the agency it is not far from you .

    take a look inside not outside.

    You will find what you are looking for.


  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    I believe there needs to be a few changes to help the service survive.
    1. Stop the daily argument. The abuses by management are well documented and wide spread.
    Solution: Evaluated routes. Evaluated by an independent agency. There is no trust in the organization. It must be outsourced. Currently there is no incentive to work faster, smarter or harder. the only reward is more work.

    2. Retirement structure for military retirees
    Solution:HR22. This retirement obligation must be taken over by the Treasury like every other Governmental agency.

    3. 5 day delivery
    Solution: Very unpopular with unions. Very popular with membership.

    4. VERA/Right size work force
    Solution: Eliminate the penalty to retire. Many members are ready and willing to go. They can not accept a penalty. Review MRA 55 yrs old to retire. This is a very physical job. 55 is quite old for Carriers. Could be a 25 and out retirement.

    5. Logistics Network
    Solution: Right size the delivery network. 4 drivers sit in my office for 4 hours and leave with 1 piece of equipment with little to no mail when they leave.

    6. Right Size administrative/Supervisory positions.
    Solution: Mandate a Worker to Supervisor ratio. When I was a Leader in the military we supervised with a ratio of 3 leaders to 100 crew. 3-5% should be plenty. You would have to eliminate many of the reports they conceive on a daily basis. A total review of there administrative workload;It seems daunting and unnessesary.

    7. Workforce make-up
    Source: Greater dependency on a T.E workforce.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    PMG Potter do you really care on how to make money. It seems to me you have a track record of losing money. Yes I could only blame one for this. You are the CEO of the largest business in the world. You go against the contraxt more so then not. Then when someone says lets case our DPS you and mangement replies it would be against the contract. We would save money. But saving money is not in your interest, so you implemented a program called DOIS. DOIS is nothing more then a management falsifcation input program. There is no human factor and the only result is increased work room floor violence. But you go ahead and keep spending money, buy some more flat sorters and service contracts to go along with that, don't forget to tell congress how we are losing money, you can leave the part out about your purchase approvals. Spend Spend Spend just like the politcal figure heads we voted for. The spending going on in this country will catch up with us in the form of inflation with-in the next couple of years, the Postal Service is there now because we had a head start. How long do you think you would last as CEO in the private sector? To make money we need to centralize all deliveries points. To the Office of Inspector Generals thanks for asking my opinion I hope you find it worthy of being posted.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    OK Here goes. Don't get pissed off. And I hope you all
    follow through.

    And, I already know my sick pay balance identified below, is AS SAFE THE SUN COMING UP Tomorrow.
    But, the USPS continued existence is definately
    on the ropes.

    Now, I'm a techy currently working in transportation, so to set the tone, my answers to poll questions are
    reflected as such.

    Question 1. Introduce Non-traditional Postal Services, i.e. web based, IP, wireless lan/wan etc., intelligent transportation net, similar to other noted comments provided in Brainstorming 1.

    Question 2. Develop Web Based digital mail (Charge new fees for new technology services.


    I'll bet my sick pay balance, only 1% or less know answers to the following questions. And, to assure accuracy, and prove you're not peeking,

    1. Who is the Chair of the committee?
    2. Who are the ranking members?

    Be honest with yourself.

    1. First ask yourself to name the Congressional committee members that represent the USPS's future, and the districts they are from and which one presides in you're district.

    2. Ask 50 USPS people you work with simply to name
    the Congressional Committee these members belong to.

    The Congressional Committee members who decide the USPS's fate!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    If we convert the current Carriers to the Rural Route concept as far as pay, we would elimate violence on the work room floor sparked by mangement, because times would no longer would be a factor. We would become more efficent, as 99% of all Rural Carriers case all their DPS and in my station there are 2 who start at 7am and are done by 12 noon, with hardley anyone working past 2pm. If we don't chose to do this we can do the later and allow carriers to case all their DPS, on mounted Routes you can save as much as 1 hour a day, at least 2 hours a day if it was Rural as we then would be skipping lunch and breaks. More office time less street time results in less time in a motorized vehicle less chance of an accident, theft or encounter with a disgruntled patron.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   6 years 1 month ago

    Yeah, I never thought of that one. But it is good! As clerks we are responsible for any shortage in our accountability. If we don't follow correct procedures for check acceptance they say we are responsible personally to pay. So, when supervisors and PMs violate our contracts and the grievances result in monetary reward, make those supervisors/PM pay! They are accountable!