• Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Too many layers of upper management exist...without any accountability. Area and District Managers are totally out of control. Postal HQ has never dealt with it either. Postal HQ people need to go. It is time for a total restructuring of the USPS.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    The district folks spent a career distancing themselves from the work, now they want to manage it through virtual reality from afar. Machines are real. Mail is real. It is not the numbers they see on their reports. If they want to have relevance to our operations in real time, give them an office at the plant. Or, insist that those with offices at the plants perform these functions. I am an ET, and I perform all PM and corrective work on a DIOSS and DBCS/OSS 4 days a week. On the 5th day, I have another DBCS/OSS. It is not overwhelming, but with administrative time and assisting on other maintenance issues, it is a full load.
    Given the time, I can analyze my own reports and take corrective actions on my own initiative. I don't have that luxury now, but then I don't need a bureaucracy to do it for me.
    I also believe my maintenance manager could manage, if he were allowed out of his office. He is in 4 telecons per day, and when he is not in one, he is preparing for the next one. If district would like to manage the plant, give them an office at the plant.
    Otherwise, allow the guy who has an office at the plant to do his job, and let him off the phone.
    All that virtual information that we pipe to district every day, doesn't really need to leave the plant. The plant is reality.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    “Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?”
    The consensus is in and clearly states the obvious. Now OIG, it's up to you to package and present your 10 year projected cost savings to PRC Chairman Goldway and the rest of the Commission.
    "Under the current structure, area offices ensure headquarters directives are implemented, and district offices are responsible for managing major functions within a specified region of an area, including day-to-day management of subordinate post offices and customer service activities other than processing and distribution."
    You have stated it yourself, Area and District offices are nothing more than high priced messengers. All executive decision originate from HQ.
    Read the insightful comments by Ex-Area Employee, Dionysus and Mike B.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 11 months ago

    the post office machines would have plenty of mail if you would stop Presort mailers combining mail from multiple businesses into larger mailings that are then sorted at private mailing houses.The post office could improve the efficiency of first class mail by eliminating or reducing the excess subsidies to presort houses that create postal inefficiencies

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Hmmmm....43 out of 45 posts in favor of consolidation. Since that means it's a good idea, the PS will now increase the number of districts instead.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    All the area offices could be eliminated with the field reporting directly to HQ. This would create more uniformity/standardization on how operations are performed. It would also reduce much of the redundant reporting now taking place.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Yes, we need to consolidate! HQs/Areas/&Districts! None of which touch the mail to get it delivered. HQs pushes out info directly to each PO -then a week AFTER it was implemented the area emails the same info to the District-the District emails to the PO a week too late and blames the PO for non-compliance! With technology HQs can micro-manage just fine. All of the reports roll from HQs so why add two more levels of "spin"? REDUCE!

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Offer anyone who has these jobs an opportunity to transfer to craft positions that are in offices where overtime is being paid and anyone left after those offers have been made and fulfilled be offered other federal positions. The postal service saves more by either eliminating the overtime or taking the salaries off the books completely, win win.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    100,000 EAS employees,at avg 75,000/yr =$7.5 Billion/yr. Reduce 25% that =$1.875 Billion saved, and we still deliver 6 days. Problem solved. NEXT!

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    It is fine to advocate consolidation, but when something goes amiss with payment or records it's head down to the local office and complain loudly when referred to the centralized location.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Cut Support and EAS jobs at the District and Area Offices. Oh..and last but not least..cut those Headquarter jobs.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    I so agree with most of these posts.I am in a small office.The supervisor (that according to their own point system) we dont even qualify for.We have had carriers excessed to other offices. So our office has lost workers,while the supervisor making 61,000,plays on the internet all day. PM has to do the supervisors work,due to supervisor being inept. This all just gets ignored,while we have to count for every second of our day.Middle managment are stealing the USPS blind.If this occurs in my 1 lil office,how many in nation? They should be using a time card,,held acoountable for their time/work or get rid of them.Is a sad business.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    until I see action, I believe the OIG is blowing smoke up our butt....

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Absolutely! Not only should Area and District support staff be cut, but Headquarters staff as well. Support positions should be cut by 50% at every level of the organization. Previous to Pat Donahoe, the Postal Service had a COO and a separate DPMG, now Pat performs both positions, and quite well. If Pat can do it, why can't every other VP, AVP, SVP, etc. Do we really need an AVP and a MOS? What is the difference; one has a bigger stick? Between voice mail, Blackberrys, and PCs, we shouldn't have a Secretary or Aministrative Assistant left in the Postal Service. They should have all been replaced with technology by now. The Area Offices should consist of 4 total people, the AVP, the MIPS, MOPS, and TANS. There should be no staff. They inspire, they lead, and they are the liaisons to HQ for all things field related. It would work and no one would miss a beat!

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    HQ is the only group that has increased employees in the last 2 years. 37 Vice presidents, how can that be. Please stop these eliteists from growing their empires and stop cutting to the bone the women and men who actually do the work in this organization.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    While the post office has consolidated some area and districts they continue to play a shell and pea game by failing to significantly reduce the number managers. In our small office of 6 letter carriers, 6 rural carriers, and 3 clerks we currently have a postmaster, a supervisor, and oftentimes a 204b managing us. My question is what are they managing all day? Do we really need 2-3 managers in our small office after the carriers are on the street?? After the carriers are on the street we have 3 managers watching 3 clerks. It is ridiculous. The post office seems to continue to attempt to reduce the craft employees (those thay actually have their hands on the mail), while increasing the numbers of management. My suggestion is to have one postmaster oversee several small offices and one supervisor in each office to manage day to day functions. We don;t need a postmaster and a supervisor in these small offices. In addition to that, eliminate the 204b program. What happens in our office is that our 204B is a letter carrier. When she is supervising we then have a vacant route to split up between the other carriers. That creates significant overtime which costs the post office more money. My opinion is that the post office just doesn't get it!

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    We do not need all these layers of management. Disolve the Districts/Areas/Regions or whatever the title they have. I know our District seems to dictate to our local offices how things should operate, when they can't seem to get their own local offices to do a good job. Why should they tell us how to operate? What is good for one, doesn't necessarily work for another. I'm sure what questions any office should have they could access it through a data base or within house. No need to go through channels and get imput from someone who probably has no idea what the real problem might be. I know our local plant and offices do a good job and when problems arise it's usually after the District has demanded something be done a certain way, when they perhaps have never done the job and have no idea what they are talking about. In my opinion, eliminate the Districts dictating the rules, they can't seem to get their own local offices to do a good job, clean up your own house before going after the rest of us!

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Sirs, The Postal Service used to be a simple, efficient service. Then, in the late 80s it started to balloon at the top and middle layers. We are currently famous, perhaps more notorious, for having the worst manager to employee ratio of any known business in the country. The last I heard, most businesses had a manager to employee rate of 1 to 25. We, have an unheard of rate of 1 to 8. This is an example of managerial empire building and poor oversight. In terms of savings, all of these salaries are larger than any employee salaries and therefor more cost effective to trim down. We, the Service, need to cut back on the multiple criss counting of the same numbers and cut back to a more vertical management structure. Even with all the extra people counting each other, if not for the OIG we would have lost 75 billion dollars.
    Our management structure is simply unsustainable.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    I noticed that someone ordered a pocket knife on ebuy2
    today (now that everything is transparent) it cost $79
    wow...I want that job where I can walk around with a $79 pocket knife...

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    all upper mangerment gets raises and the supervisor or postmaster who works 60 to 72 hours a week get told we have a budget problem SORRY NO RAISE FOR YOU ONLY US that is the post office today I used to be proud not I wont tell anyone I work for the post office

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Have you listen to any of our suggestions?
    I think not so why even ask us...

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    mirco management will never work postmasters have no say anymore they have to call a poom for everything and their answer is always NO go back to the old way the post office was respected and all had service

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    I am really not certain what the right move would be. I can only tell you that in my huge district, we have a Plant Manager in charge of 4 plants and 2500 employees. We have a city stations Postmaster in charge of dozens of delivery units, a District manager who needed to come here because the heat was on him where he came from previously.

    Between these guys and a plethora of MPOOs, mixed with the locally housed, grossly bloated numbers of people in Pacific Area, you have an obscene number of high paid executives and EAS people who cannot seem to make a proper decision even by accident.

    While the actual mail movers and delivery unit employees are being axed to the detriment of customer service, the suits and skirts, who crunch numbers and make impulsive and costly mistakes based on their flawed hypotheses, are increasing in numbers.

    There must be a way to streamline PCES and EAS operations the way they streamline (better word, decimate) the bargaining unit employees.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    The only area that has not shrunk is management. It was a real farce in our area when they so called down sized last year. All they did was send them on details, and have since brought them all back. Now, WE have less Clerks, and mail handlers with double the supervisors. All they do is harass the people who actually work. Oh, yea, and I mention that they're is a 204 B for every supervisor. They stand, and watch us work for hours. What a waste. Oh well,keep giving them bonuses until the PO is gone.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Further Consolidate the Area and District Administrative Office Structure?   4 years 11 months ago

    Too many managers managing other managers, managing other managers, managing other managers ad infinitum until you get to the supervisor that actually gets the work done. How many new Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents has the current PMG appointed? It seems that every month or two another VP position is created. Someone needs to point out to the PMG that the Postal Service is in danger of toppling over from being way too top heavy. I hope the OIG will come to this conclusion.

    Knowing people that "work" at Area Offices, they have very little real work to do. The Area Offices are of little to no support to the field when called to answer a question. A call with a question usually results in a negative outcome for the caller. Staff at Area Offices take pride in how much discipline they issue, not in creating an atmosphere of achievement in the area they serve.

    Get rid of Area Offices. They are redundant and a waste of precious Postal revenue.

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