• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    To all of you who suggest a cut in pay-if you want to volunteer for that, fine. Just don't volunteer my paycheck. I have done what was supposed to be done for 25+ years. My bills aren't going down. I didn't have a hand in running the USPS into the ground, that was upper managements doing. Management is supposed to have control over their workforce but most were too lazy to supervise properly. They let the slugs drag us down and "worked the worker". And the big boys all kept dipping in the pot and getting their bonuses. So don't ask this little peon who has done the right thing day in and day out to take a cut in pay because of this predicament, ain't gonna happen.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Not a comment about this, but rather just an idea.
    We cut lots of plastic straps every day and just throw them away. I don't work in a plant to see how the trays get strapped, but was just wondering why it wouldn't work to modify the plastic trays to accept a quick disconnect type coupler similar to used on dog collars built into plastic lids.
    I have some ideas as to how to actually make this work without adding weight to the trays and maybe save some carrier time. OIG email me if interested.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    I have over 28 years with the USPS. The service has been very good to me. But now I just feel like everyone craft and supervisors will be so much better off working five days versus six days per week.

    For once carriers will have a chance to have a "normal" lifestyle and home life. People will have a chance without scrutiny to to attend recitals, band events, weddings, birthday partys little league games and week end getaways.

    Most people do not even open mail correspondence on the day that it is received. It's a quality of life and a matter of finance and let's not forget the environmental advantages of no Saturday delivery.

    For all of you craft employees that think its a walk in the park for supervisors, please know that the constant attempt to chase dream numbers and beg carriers to pivot everyday, just means that it sucks for all or for every last one of us.

    Thanks for allowing my two cents.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Postal FSS was developed to reduce carrier office time. The project assumed 3 hours of typical pre FSS office time. I am now spending less than 1.5 hours in the office, without the help of postal FSS machines.

    How might this change affect the viability of postal FSS?

    What if we directed our energies to eliminating on the job injuries instead?

    Please see my YouTube videos, and remember, 'Safety Depends on Me!'.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    You have to get rid of management who justifies their jobs by creating unnecessary work to keep themselves busy. Let's get back to basics: collect the mail, sort the mail, deliver the mail. Do again the next day. Management has made a science out of this job and it just isn't that hard. In Phoenix, we have a postmaster and district manager and about 4 others who work hand in hand with these guys and not only are their salaries costing the USPS a pretty penny, but they are also incompetent and keep losing arbitrations and EEO's that cost hundreds of thousands. They kept one carrier (Quintero) off on administrative leave for a year and then terminated her and lost that in arbitration. $52k for the year of administrative, $25k for the 6 months back pay after losing arbitration, and the $$$ resolving it. What happened to the people who caused this....nothing. They not only kept their jobs, they were never disciplined so the chaos continues. Phoenix is a mess and it's all because of Larry James, Postmaster Alvarez, Phil Fife, Joe (Phils Twin), Troy Webber, and Linda Wylie. OIG, come to Phoenix and clean house and give the stations back to the managers and see how they run without these overpaid rulers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Gamefly has alleged undue discrimination in a formal complaint to the PRC regarding the handling (breaking actually) of its DVDs. See PostCom's July 15th homepage for more details. I'm just one letter carrier, but there is no question, based on my experience, that Netflix DVDs were 'culled' or pulled from automation and sorted exclusively, or nearly exclusively, by hand. I doubt Gamefly will ever receive justice. How much is this legal action costing them anyway? What alternative do they have? Would they be better off offering a 'non-predatory' home loan to our postmaster general to win favor? What certain (not all) members of the USPS are doing to certain customers (again not all) is sad and frustrating. Unfortunately, I had a 'hand' in this blatant discrimination.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    The easiest way to save money for the USPS, is to reduce managers and supervisors.

    The redundant levels of management is incredible, you have HQ, Areas, Districts, and then the plants. Managers in the plants cannot even make a decision, they are nothing but puppets for the District Manager but making 6 figures. Districts could be eliminated completely, make the plant people earn their keep and report to Area.

    Reduce floor supervisors, in my facility on the tour I work we have approximately 45 workers, 1 MDO, 3 SDO's and a 204B, thats 1 boss for every 10 workers. Tour 1 has maybe 35 -40 employees with 2 SDO's and 2 204b's. This might be a better ratio then nurses to patients at a hospital.

    Very small PO's get rid of the Postmaster and replace with a higher level clerk, these Postmasters are nothing more then glorified clerks anyway.

    Another costly issue with the Postal Service, is the PMG and the Labor specialists agree to contracts with the unions but lower management doesn't follow the agreements. A good example is the CILO cases in the last few yrs the USPS must have paid close to a half million on these grievances. The contracts are not that hard to follow, if a manager violates the contract he should pay a price for it not get praised.

    These are 2 easy ways to save big bucks for the USPS and we didn't even come close to reducing service in any way.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    I Agree, Hi Speed internet for every address in the U.S. In Japan the Mailman deliver groceries.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Nostradamus has delivered for us! Right on!
    Forget about going to 5-day delivery it will kill all the effort we have made to get more business.
    PMG Potter needs to take a clue from this person or better yet let's make Nostradamus PMG!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    we recently received new vans to deliver mail in.how about making them use e-85 fuel only. if i remember right they said for each penny increase in the cost of gas it cost the post office 8 million dollars. with e-85 costing 10 cents less than regular gas the potential savings would be 80 million dollars.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    IF WE DO HAVE TO GO TO A 5 DAY WEEK I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE 4/1. I AM A REGULAR CARRIER SO I KNOW IT WOULD HURT MY SALARY. BUT I BELIEVE HAVING AN RCA AVALIABLE(WOULD THEY STAY AND WAIT ON MABEY GETTING CALLED SOMETIME?) IS VERY IMPORTANT SO REGULARS COULD GET A BREAK WHEN DESIRED AND WOULD ALSO KEEP A KNOWLEGABLE WORK FORCE TO TAKE OVER AS THE OLDER CARRIERS RETIRE.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Limited duty carries should not be taking clerks jobs.Carriers are being paid a salary that they went out on limited duty maybe 3 or 4 years ago when volume was high so were salaries maybe $60,000.Now being paid that amount doing less clerk work and being paid more than the clerks would be paid to do the work. Carriers routes now have gone down to H and J's they are no where near $60,000. Many many workers are in pain-neck,back,shoulders,wrists,knees and we are still doing our job with taking a decrease in pay . Why are limited duty able to keep such a high pay, do less work or even take clerks work away from them when they can't even do the job they got highed for?
    Get rid of limited duty workers if they can't do the job they were highed for.
    Management - We need trained,educated,productive leaders. WE have too much management that hang around and have carriers do their jobs. Here we are paying management he don't know how to do his job so he has a carrier do his work , than a sub is needed to be paid also to do the carriers job. Definate a lose of money! Mail volume is low salariers need to decrease all around! Be glad we have jobs and benifits.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    What about the lazy unproductive employees who are not injured?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    PLEASE DON'T COMPARE THE USPS WITH FED/X AND UPS. YOU SOUND LIKE THE PERFECT PERSON THAT SHOULD BE WORKING FOR FED/X OR UPS.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!! We will gladly accept.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Remove 90% of OPS, they smack of Machiavellianism, they spend most of the time trying to justify their existence by instituting one useless program after another.

    Remove another 25% of middle management, many are performing one redundant program after another, when you have so many levels of repeated reviews for the very same purpose is flat wasteful.

    Change or drop the exfc scoring, the fact is management manipulates the delivery factors so that it truly isn't representative.

    Get rid of the management incentive program, today's managers could care less about the USPS as long as they can manipulate this program to insure that they get their incentive pay. Put everybody back on the old and same type of pay system.

    Close some small office's, the fact is the rural craft is supposed to be a "PO on wheels" communities would not be adversely affected and the USPS could capture the 2 to 4 hours of undertime that are being paid and not worked.

    Consolidate some other small office's

    Forget evaluated routes, the real savings in the rural craft comes from the fact that it's replacement
    carriers are non-career and have no benefit cost associated with them.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    One thing would be try to be ask each employee across the board to take one day a month without pay, as a furlow day. Start there. it is better than excessing 500 miles.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    All career employees and management take a 10% pay cut.. lets say right now you are making 25 dollars an hour. if you were paid 22.50,you know 22.50 an hour is still 3 times as much as working for burger king or walmart. at 22.50 an hour you can still live quite well and better than most people.

    Stop all payments of overtime, instead for all hours worked in overtime, give equal time off with pay for all excess hours worked.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    ABSOLUTELY!! Why the "Penalty"; If the Board of Governers and the O.P.M. wanted to effectively cut costs by offering "early-outs", why was there a "Penalty" attached to the offer(s)?? If they want people to retire, then let them retire with full annuities and zero "penalty"!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    PMG Runyon had the same idea when he was in charge. I still remember his video news conference on air in our plant. He said, "if you dont touch the mail, we dont need you." He did manage to cut 23,000 manager jobs, hired more carriers/clerks, and the PO made a profit. Since Potter took over, its been all downhill. Just a couple of links on Runyon.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_T._Runyon
    http://directmag.com/mag/marketing_former_pmg_marvin_2/
    http://www.blogofdeath.com/archives/000941.html

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO FIX A PROBLEM ANY PROBLEM THAT MAY EXIST IN THIS ORGANIZATION WITHOUT IT SEEMING TO TAKE AN ACT OF CONGRESS)-THAT IS IF YOU CAN GET SOMEONE TO CARE? EXAMPLE-I SUGGESTED THAT WE PARK THE POSTAL VEHICLES SO THAT THE WINDSHIELDS WOULD FACE THE EASTERN SUN SO THAT THIS WOULD HELP DEFROST THEM IN THE MORNING(NO COST TO THE USPS) IT ONLY TOOK 12 YEARS AND 3 POSTMASTERS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. GET MY DRIFT

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Employees should be able to cross-craft. Employees do not run the corporation; management is in place for this responsibility. I think the public would be appalled at the things that employees can get away with at USPS.

    Limited duty personnel hours should be reduced to 20 hours or less only if needed. Several of the employees faking would come off of limited duty immediately.

    There is a “blue” room at local postal facilities where employees sit all day that do not have positions or jobs and still get paid for 8 hours of not working. What does the public call people that sit around and connect free paychecks?

    There are employees that are in a processing center that do not have enough work, let’s be honest mail volume is declining.

    The number one issue at USPS is 80% labor almost twice what it is at FedEx and UPS.

    Congress should grant USPS the opportunity to lay-off employees and reduce work hours for the good of the Postal Service.

    Union employees that have been fired or suspended for stealing, drugs, not delivering mail or not performing official duties should be immediately terminated. DO NOT GIVE THEM THEIR JOBS BACK.

    No Mailhandlers Union. Anyone can load mail on a truck. FedEx and UPS do not have a special group of employees that load mail on the truck. UPS does not even have janitors, if you want more hours the employees sweep the floor and clean the building.

    All new hires can only be hired part-time. Everyone else can be grandfathered in for 8 hours daily.

    Postal Service needs to be able to break these costly leases for facilities not actually being used.

    USPS should have retail boxes and stations in the neighborhood Wal-Mart Stores.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Dead Weight?
    I put up a mailbox, trying to help my carrier, and going from a po box to street delievery. I did this over a month ago. I work in this post office. Even gave a signed slip, that I did not want packages delievered, I would pick them up. After mail was found in the UBBM, with my street address on it, the questions started to come. I was not on the case in a proper label, or even given a slot for my address. How are subs supposed to know where these people are when the older carriers do not care, or have the time to deal with upkeep on the case, because the routes have never been adjusted. And clerks who are putting up the mail after the carrier hits the street. Something needs to be changed with these big routes. Management needs to stop covering up this kind of mess, cut the routes so they are manageable.
    Now I am back changing all of my mail back to the po box. Unbelieveable!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    did you notice this link is in a link that was sent in an email during working hours that if you dont read your emial they will hold that against you too.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    can i ask management to refund the late fee when the bill doesnt get there on time? or even returned for no reason in a creditor provided envelope (that one still puzzles me) or when the company gets you payment 2 weeks after it was mailed.

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