• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks 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!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    i read a comment about small town pm's only working 2 hrs a day. you must work in a large office. take every person in that office that is required to do something different and thats what the small town pm does. they do EVERYTHING except go out and deliver the mail, it's put in a po box. small town pm's work very hard at what they are required to do with the resources they have - very little.

    national standards dont work for everybody. the idea of 'no OT' doesnt always work. there are times things go haywire and you cannot help it. dont work off the clock but dont get OT either. THINGS HAPPEN!

    cut out all of the non important emails. small town pm's spend half their time on the computer now because we have to over dumb things. how many small town po employees do you see getting caught steeling mail, or gift cards, or throwing away mail? very very few compared to the big city large office employees. yes it happens, but like one said before, it takes one to give a bad rep and a lifetime to undo it.

    part timers working saturdays? thats what i do and enjoy it. if there's something i want to do on a saturday, i get with the boss and we work it out. i have my free time during the week and with my kids. besides, why work for the PO if you are going to complain about working weekends when you know up front the working days are mon - sat. why not work at walmart, they are open 24 hrs.

    the EPED needs to be eliminated. what is the purpose for this report? measuring the mail? for what? isnt that done at the plant? or was. all a customer wants to here is 'wait a few minutes because i have to do this report or i get in serious trouble'.

    too many people have moved up the ladder of success and are now ruining everything.

    those that can get the early out should. its not like you go from 40k/yr to 0. you are covered by FERS, wich pays you until SS kicks in. go work in the garden dept at lowes or home depot. oh but wait. they are open 7 days a week. go figure.

    i'm done rambling. thank you for reading this.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    I AGREE 100%

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Save rubber bands. Looks at our plant that millions of rubber bands are getting wasted every year. Well that's just got to add up over the entire country. We are having our lights replaced with fluorescent which is a good idea.
    Remove the 4 204b's that we have on every shift plus manager, plus supervisor plus the zero tolerance not being acknowledged to get rid of the lazies.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Allow carriers to case in DPS and all mail.

    Then add 30 minutes steet time to every route.

    This would save gas, ( 3$ or 4$ a gallon) sitting in truck sorting mail wastes gas.

    Walking routes would be more manageable for them and safer.

    Sick time probably would go lower.

    Carriers would be back by 5 p.m. even carrying
    extra street pivots most of the time.

    savings from less injuries and less routes.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    I have been sent two "early-out" offers. I have worked for the Postal Service for over 30 years now, yet it was indicated in these "early-out" offers that I would be "penalized" 2% for each year I was under 55 yrs. old. If I had been offered an early retirement package which offered no penalty for being under 55 years old, I would have taken the offer. I'm sure that thousands of other EAS employees in the same circumstance I am in would have taken the offer as well. By my calculations, the Postal Service would already be seeing an approx. $30,000 per year savings on my salary alone, not to mention the thousands of other EAS employees who would have taken the offer had it not been for the "penalty". If the O.P.M. and Board of Governers would just allow those employees with 30 years of service and at least 50 years old to retire early with their full retirement annuity (as if they were 55 years old), I think the Postal Service would see a SIGNIFICANT cost savings in EAS salaries alone and would probably not have to entertain the idea of R.I.F.'s and Layoffs!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Having worked with the Postal Service over three decades, this is a no "brainer." The Management structure has to be looked at by Congress. Across the Country the system is, full time Management( Postmaster in every hole in the wall office) and part time workers, who actually touch mail. Currently there are more Post Offices in the U.S alone than McDonald's "WORLDWIDE" The ratio of management to people who actually touch mail is like a welfare agency for these people to stand around in empty buildings most of the day. Carriers leave around 9AM there is no one in the building to manage. And Rural Routes are paid on evaluated time, what is to manage? With only 10 full routes we have 1 Postmaster 73K per year and one supervisor 61K per year. No REAL business can survive with the current Management structure. Look to General Motors they just cut 50% at headquarters and 35% management over all. You could cut even larger numbers in the Postal service and never know they were gone. Congress,trim the same number of Management that you just did at General Motors and check back in three months, the moral will have improved greatly, the mail will be delivered without skipping a beat, because the same people touching it now will still be touching it.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    You must be a craft employee. Yes, some supervisor positions could be eliminated. The number of supervisors per installation is calculated by the number of employees in that facility. If all employees took more pride in the Postal Service that would help too. You know too many employees have built OVERTIME into their lifestyle so even as mail volumes drop they are still out on the street waisting time. Not all employees are like that but unfortunately too many. I believe the 5 day delivery would be benificial to all employees. Who wouldn't like to work 5 days a week instead of 6? I think it would be a win win for all employees as well as for customers. They (the Customers) may complain in the begining but aren't most of them working a 5 day week?
    I only hope that the choice would be to have delivery Monday through Friday. The carriers would have less worries with children playing around vehicles and customer vehicles blocking the boxes since more people are home on saturdays. Just my opinion. Oh by the way if supervisors made 100,000.00 a year I might have stayed in that position instead! But all the employee adult drama just didn't seem worth working too many hours and too many days a week.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    They need to go to 5 day delivery. Consolidate Post Offices that are close in proximity. The biggest thing is they need to offer an early out to the civil service employees, 25 years, no age limit, no penalty.People would go in DROVES. Civil service has to be 30 per cent or less right now. Let them go and replace only those that are absolutely needed and you rehire at a much lower salary. Many people would love to leave and they will not and cannot afford the penalty. I would not take a penalty after the many years of service. I would wait until I was eligable. Need to be customer friendly, better hours, more services. Copy machines, fax availability, notary services, passports. Need to focus on revenue and the customer. If you have three window stations then man all three! Better scheduling and take from the top, not the craft, they will always be the workers. People in DC have no real clue what it takes to run an office on a daily basis. Maybe Mr.Potter should go to the field along with his people and actually try to run an office with all the ridiculous programs and paperwork and the cuts they have made. Eliminate the Mystery shopper prgram. It is a huge waste of money and stupid. People do not want to be asked a million questions when they show up in your lobby. Quit creating new jobs at Headquarters. It incites the people in the field when they don't have enough bodies for their daily operations. Get back to basics. Delivering the mail and providing good window service.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Sadly, much of the management that oversees us could not have expounded on the plight of the USPS as eloquently as you have, well done!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Eliminate wasteful programs to outside agencys, like Voice of the Employee (What do we do with the info anyway?)EXFC (we pay someone to tell us we do a bad job and we have internal controls at our disposal that tell us the same thing), Mystery Shopper, ( we ask the questions and up sell to a diminishing customer base.
    Charge for hold mail and forwarding. How much expense is CFS?
    Have all carrier routes use the same evaluation as Rural routes. No more paying for waste "Go slow, mo' dough" is the moto of the carriers.
    We save and save and save and more and more managers (bean counters) tell us what a poor job we are doing.
    If you don't touch the mail, look hard at your job.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Does anyone remember what the Post Office does?
    It delivers mail? Sure, it sells postage, envelopes,
    and time in various formats too. But, really
    it's thrust of operation is to deliver mail. Somehow along they way the original business model got skewed & the Postal employees forgot what their job is? "To deliver the mail".

    Nowadays, anyone can "deliver the mail". It's not
    roket science. And furthermore, anyone can "handle
    the mail". And when you really take an observation,
    like I have in the past five years, anyone can manage
    the people who perform these task. And, in general,
    the people who currently perform these tasks
    these days, "handle & deliver", do not need supervision to execute these functions.
    Not everybody can hit the streets & sell postal
    services, postal continuity, and postal assurance
    of the service that the buyer has come to expect from historic reference.

    "Through snow & rain & heat of..... blah-blah-blah.
    So which part of your business model is useful &
    attractive to a buyer? That's the one I would be
    focusing my attention on right now. Because the
    sustainable business thinking guy is going to pare
    these parts to the highest bidder.
    Even this quasi-government bureaucratic-monopolistic organization is going to morph into a functional economic role if it expects to proliferate in a
    global business climate. Otherwise, it's CURTAINS!

    Just a thought...............

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    That's the Answer? Lay-off the lowest paid, most flexible, and (most often) hardest working employees? THAT'S CRAZY. What - you don't think those people work well enough?

    Better idea is to offer a VERA with an incentive (or at least no penalty - allowing people to go with full benefits). That way the people who want to leave will do so. There are an awful lot of real old timers on the roles, some with 40 years or more of service, who are certainly eligible to retire. I don't think anybody should be forced to retire but it should be made a more attractive option - especially in the current economy. Most of the people eligible for the recent VERA's just can't afford to go. Many would, though, if they just didn't loose benefits that they would earn by staying. Hey, they are doing the USPS a favor, at some cost to themselves, if they leave early. Least the USPS could do is throw them a bone.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    I recall when Address Corection Requested was replace with Address Service Requested. Both obvioulsy were fee incomes and revenue for the postal service. After a period of time, central forwarding began sending all mail with Address Correction Requested back to the carrier simply because the word 'service' was omitted. Revenue lost over wording. ALL city routes evaluated once and for all. That does away with 90% of carrier supervisors, saves 99% of unscheduled absences, overtime and double time. Throw in M-W-F delivery with business/parcel routes established and delivered 6 days a week.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    The problems that I see going on is that the Postal Service has offered early outs to some carriers who will not take it because they are hoping for an incentive to go. Others because they just cannot afford the health insurance after retirement. These carriers have been carrying for about 30 years, and are on the biggest routes in the office. These routes are never adjusted to give the aux. routes any addition time, so the aux. carrier is stuck in an office on a route that never grows, making little money, waiting on a full time route to open.
    I think at this point in time, the first thing to do is cut the delivery to 5 days a week. Any routes that are over 40 hours, cut them back to 40 hours so the aux. routes have a chance to grow. I have heard of routes evaluated as high as a K52, I'm sure there are higher ones. Mail is being left for the next day, and the clerk puts it up that afternoon after the carrier has left for their route.
    This would save on pay while these carriers still keep their insurance. The pay the aux. carrier would make would take years to match what these long time carriers are making.
    By going to 5 days, there would no longer be a need for subs. Let there be a PTF who floats from office to office to cover vacation and sick time.
    The union is fighting the 5 day week, because these subs pay union dues. It would be lost money for them.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    SELL POST OFFICE GIFT CARDS, at all outlets, including retailers and online.

    This would generate instant revenue and you can add value to the card as you need it.

    * Have some cards with military graphics to market
    to the military families.

    * Market with graphics geared toward college students.

    * Market as Christmas gifts, holidays, birthdays cards etc.

    * Market them for company use, and for gifts for their employees.

    We need to keep up with technology...

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    USPS DOES NOT need to undercut prices then try to make it up in volume. They are NOT loosing out to the competition, UPS and FedEx, because their prices are too high - in fact, the USPS is already often less expensive for comparable services. Rather, the USPS is loosing business because it is giving away the business. That is, it is continuing to aggressively cut services and eliminate the conveniences that would give them the business edge if only they would put as much effort into selling themselves better. As someone who regularly both ships and receives packages, I find the USPS the most convenient service for the following reasons; 1) delivery SIX days per week, 2) Offices open SIX days a week, 3) Close and convenient locations when I need to pick up a package, send a package, or get supplies, 4) Free pick-up on my packages, 5) Reasonable rates and 6) available tracking options. These are all big pluses for the USPS. If I have to pick-up a UPS or FedEx package, I have to go to thier local hub station which is 30 to 50 miles out of my way - My local post office is only a few blocks away. But many post offices are cutting hours - making it harder for me to pick up my package before or after work. I've heard people complain about USPS tracking but I find it highly reliable. Yes, UPS gives me tracking at more points on route to my package destination but the package also takes longer to get there. Most of the time, My USPS priority package is at it's destination before I feel a need to check the tracking info - all I really need is confirmation of delivery and I don't really care where my package has been along the way if it gets there in good time. Why doesn't the USPS promote that? As an example of a service cut that hurts the USPS, I offer elimination of the automatic second attempt on express mail deliveries - UPS and FedEx both offer second (even third) attempts on ALL of their package deliveries - That's service! And I know from experience that it just isn't that big of a deal for a carrier to take an express back out on the second day. I think the USPS should do second attempts for priority packages as well. I like the idea of adding more automated shipping options, like the ones in many post office lobbies, in more locations such as supermarkets or libraries. Perhaps they could even be co-branded with other business partners (like Ebay). But the USPS lacks this kind of outside-the-box marketing strategy and does not even do an adequate job of promoting those service and conveniences it does offer. How many people really know about the automated machines in the post offices? Also, the USPS has a horrible public perception problem which, I think, is due to it's trying to be the "K-mart" of delivery services. The USPS has become so known for the delivery of "Junk" mail that few really want that overshadows and overwhelms the quality of it's core services. Finally, what does it say that letter carriers are universally well known as the most trusted government employees yet most people have less than favorable views of the Postal Service? Postal management, which needs to be reduced and revamped to concentrate more on sales and customer service than managing employees and computer generated numbers, needs to listen to the suggestions of letter carriers and leave them alone to do their jobs efficiently and effectively as they clearly know how best to.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    way to go Mike!!!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Correction, 86K per year

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    I agree with the common theme so far; we are top heavy with incompetent management. We have one SR MDO that is paid $86 a year that does not even know how to read a bar code; how many more are like him. He is the one we caught off guard. I hear that years ago, one facility experimented and eliminated all management and left the workforce to their own devices. The experiment was a huge success; the mail got out on time and that was back when we had major mail volume. I am volunteering the Tampa P&DC as we are a test site anyway, to try this again. We have a lot of very bright employees that could pull this off. Also, I don't understand why we keep managers that have anger management issues and shuffle them around from place to place. Send a message and get rid of them! Also, the price that non profits pay for processing needs to be greatly increased. We also need to do away with the smart bar code as they can only be read in DBCS mode. If the USPS would like, we could still give businesses a slight discount but at least have US barcode all of their mail and us realize the revenue rather than their contracting out the barcoding. It would also be more convenient for the customer because it would eliminate a step in their getting the mail to us and subsequently to their customers. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my ideas.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    I have always questioned why the USPS has so many Postmasters within close proximity to one another. An example, Stuart FL is comprised of their Main Office and a carrier annex, and a few miles away Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach each has their own Postmaster. Making Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach branches of Stuart would eliminate the need to have 4 Postmaster positions. We have one Postmaster in West Palm Beach she is responsible for 16 stations and branches. This would put almost all of Martin County under the responsibility of one Postmaster instead of 5.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    it's obvious you have never been injured on the job. Workeman's Compensation is a hard-won right and the last resort for those of us who have experienced on the job injuries. It's no picnic to be in the office all day, knowing there is really no productive work for one to do, and with management waiting to set you up to be fired. What is the alternative? Get hurt, lose your job and live in poverty for the rest of your life? That's what happened before WC.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    Has anyone noticed that many of the blog were done doing working hours? Much as GM has had to acknowledge- the unions and management will both have to sacrifice to save this company. The fact that neither is willing to do so is evidence that we are an archaic organization where the concepts of teamwork, doing a fair job for a fair days pay, and putting the service back in the Postal Service may no longer be possible.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    I'm happy to see this forum, as I have no faith in the existing employee suggestion program. That said, I think the USPS should buy AOL and/or Net Zero before they die, and then give everyone in the United States a free web based address or PO Box, and an email account, including the existing AOL/NZ customer base. Individuals could then choose to use or not use this service, as they decide. This is already being attempted by private firms, and if the USPS doesn't do it, it will loose a huge potential market. This would then allow the USPS to offer the bulk mailers the ability to send their flyers, catalogs, and offers to every web based address or PO Box. There would be a smaller delivery charge, but there would be a lot less hassle in terms of the delivery, and there could be a notification charge, if the recipient opened the offer and followed the link back. And of course, if the recipient ordered something, it would be offered with USPS delivery as the preferred option. Credit card companies, utilities, and other monthly statement mailers could also take advantage of this service. If the purpose of the USPS is to bind the nation together, I don't see why it should make a distinction between physical mail and electronic mail. And since it would all be handled by the USPS, it would be trusted by the public.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   6 years 2 weeks ago

    1. Look to our competitors -

    a. Cut Costs: UPS and FEDEX use part-time employees only for flexibility and savings. Where else would anyone be willing to pay full-time wages for someone who is working part-time? Come on, be honest.

    b. Increase Customers and Revenue: Compare package tracking on UPS.com and on a USPS package - one is end to end transparency the other is a joke (well, it went in here...and oops, it came out there).

    c. Cut Costs and gain revenue: The five-day delivery/processing model will save hours and overhead. Just charge extra for a Saturday delivery and while you're at it, add Sunday deliveries with additional charge.

    d. Cut Costs: Move MTESC's back into the BMC (NDC) network - keeps more employees at work in our own facilities.

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