• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about backtracking to deliver first class missorted mail in DPS? How about driving first class missent mail all over the county even when it won't get delivered timely? How about being required to do a report by 9 that you don't have information for until 10 but are told to do it any way and then do it again later and put the right numbers in. How about having to correct the bad addresses of people who aren't smart enough to know the address that they are moving to? How about all the placards we have to use when we dispatch mail so the mail handlers will know where to put it? Can't they read? And I really love the blue collection box placard that has to be printed on blue paper. (colorblind anyone?) How about the maintenance guys that drive 2 hours to get to my office and drive two hours back to fix a problem when there are GMF maintenance men 1 hour away but they are in the wrong SCF. How about the transportation contracts we have that we pay hundreds of thousand of dollars to to contractors who simply drive right by offices they are supposed to drop mail off to because volume has declined so much that they don't need the amount of trips on their contract and they have no mail so they drive on by or tap the dock and wave.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    well, Ed, I've been carrying longer than that, so I'll take my chances with the dogs. The dog spray works just fine. You sound more like a manager, they always come up with that dog thing. Like I said, I have to wear it a lot anyway, but empty is stupid! Why not just wear a suit of armor, that oughta keep you safe.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Yet, VMF has a schedule for maintenance which could be sent out to the stations so the carriers know when to get their stuff out of the vehicle.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Using a full sized semi to bring a single tub of Express Mail flats out to our office.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    The inability of front line supervisors and postmasters to make a decision without FIRST contacting District. Why bother having this layer of management when they are NOT PERMITTED to manage? Managers are instruced not to settle grievances without FIRST informing labor relations. The informal and formal steps are a farce.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    As an EAS 20 Postmaster 95% of what I do is web based but we still have to print out each report, round date, sign and file. We also have to certify to our Suspense Coordinator by email that we have printed, round dated and signed a hard copy. If you want specific reports that are redundant just let me know.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Columbus ga gmf employees are not allowed to hydrate while on the woorkroom floor which means we have to walk away from work to get water

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about the ‘unofficial’ rule, allowed under the RMSS and “old school” thought at the New Jersey NDC (formerly NJI & BMC) that you will never become an ET in the building, no matter how qualified you are, unless you work there as an MPE first.

    Forget about the fact that you can be hired off the street as an ET, or simply transfer to another facility (like a coworker did who went to Trenton to escape the BS here) and become an ET without a problem.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    The OTDL is a joke. OT must be evenly distributed. Alot of times management has to give OT to some carrier just to avoid a grievience, by having them just sit there on the clock.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    in response to STIFFLED:
    The NALC will never let that happen, even though it would help save the Postal Service.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    this is not a bad idea, in a carrier unit there are those carriers who use the restroom as their unofficial "excessive break area" ihave carriers that go three four times inthemornign, jsut to expand theire office time so that they leave the office later, becasue theyu dont have the volume, and dont want to have to carry an undertime bump. so clocking in and out of the restroom in order to capture time wasting practices is a great idea.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    that is called an evaluated route, it is the same thing the rural carriers have in place. the major problem with that is the fact that it does away with overtime. this is well known, that is why the N.A.L.C. will not allow it to happen. With out the need to fight for every unit of overtime a lazy carrier that did not want to do his job in the first place did not recieve as opposed to someone else who actually does thier job. if they went to evaluated routes the union would have no reason to exist and that would be a travesty wouldn't it. Dont get me wrong, im not anti union, but when did the union go from being an advocate for workers rights, to a money grubbing advocate for as much as we can get. if the postal service management went after carriers topay for express mails that they fail, and if the carriers were asked to pay that money back for faileing the express mail, the union would have a fit. but let a supervisor send an non-odl out to deliver a piece of late arriving express mail to a customer because they were the first ones back, and the union ask for everyone on the odl to be paid at 200 percent what the time ratio was the non odl worked. is that really fair, and is that customer service/ I think not, but that is what the union is all about now.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Just recently in our plant they decided we had to label every tray of 1st pass mail on Sunday, because there were problems in processing 2nd pass on Monday. All because of one or two people that just "don't get it" they punish the rest of us that know what we are doing with all this "busy work" that will not solve the issue at hand. Instead of properly training the people that suddenly lost their T-2 jobs and got thrown into T-1 automation they try and blanket the rest of us to "dumb down" our procedures. What happened to working smarter? We learned techniques to help us get the mail out in a timely manner, now they throw in more obstacles and it takes us longer. Just like the USPS to add more time to get something done when our training techniques cut the processing time in half. Why would I want to spend MORE time doing the same thing?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    imagine if you were out there with your stupid empty satchel, and a loose animal attacks you, the reason for the necessity to carry it even empty is to protect yourself withit. no matter if you think it is effective or not, it works. having been a letter carrier for 24 years, and having been attacked by dogs on several occasions, i was glad i had the bag to put between me and the dog.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Stop subsidizing UPS. Why help UPS turn a profit. Case in point. Last Mile program. A program designed to make a service provided by UPS profitable.WHY!!!!! We do the hard work, deliver package to an address at a huge discount for UPS; all they do is transport from state to a city.If they can't make money on that service, then customers will come to USPS after that service is discontinued by UPS. If we don't help UPS make money they will drop that service. If our boat sinks; management will have done it all by themselves.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    One more. This goal of 97% for EXFC. We are spending millions of dollars chasing this goal. 95% was resonable and could be obtained by streamlining our processes. The last 2% to reach 97% is very very costly. Running mail to offices all over the district is crazy. We sometimes spend 10-20 dollars per letter to get these home all in the name of EXFC. Cap the goal at 95% and lets start running this place like a business instead of just spending OPM.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Have to agree they need to invent a word for excessive reduncy. SPMS and CPMS is a major joke. Major loss of time
    Box mail and distribution scans too.
    Oh by the way, I need a report on the report of the scans that were scanned and keep copies of that because you certianly don't want to be on "a list".

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    PARS is not a bad system overall in my opinion. I think that where it fails is not giving the carriers access to the COA's. Many times a customer's writing will be illegible. When we used to be the first person to see these COA's, we would look over them and correct the incorrect or illegible parts. Now the COA's are processed and we get reports pertaining to incorrect addresses, etc. So extremely inefficient and time-consuming. Let the carrier have access to the COA before it is sent to COARS so we can be sure it is as correct as possible. This won't eliminate errors to the destination address, but it will improve the system.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Agree 100% that this is a stupid, inefficient, and unsafe practice. I am lucky to be a rural carrier with a POV so I have a little more leeway, for now, as to how I process and deliver my mail. It is much safer to have it all together and easy to grab and put in the box than to have to sit at a box, sometimes in VERY heavy, fast moving traffic fumbling through three or four bundles of mail. This practice illustrates just how unconcerned for our safety the post office really is.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    We are not allowed to have any personal items at all at our cases. No calendars or anything.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Do you really want to fix the Post Office??? The private sector rewards hard work!!! The Post Office rewards hard work with more work! I'm a letter carrier and I have been relegated to maintain a bus drivers schedule via the "MSP SCANS" in fear of getting an even larger route!!! Great incentive! Lets end the non-sense. I would give-up overtime rules for the "INCENTIVE" of not having to punch-out on a clock. Determine a fair yearly salary for the size of the route and build in a quarterly or semi-annual review of volume adjustments to maintain fairness for both parties. The overtime desired list would be utilized to "cover" open routes. Eliminating overtime and end-of-day clock rings would eliminate unproductive behavior because there would be nothing to gain by being "slow" and furthermore it would incentivize the workforce toward effiency which would translate into INCREDIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE! As part of our incentive, drop MSP scans, allow us to manage our own routes i.e set them up in proper line-of-travel for speed and on heavy volume days allow us to roll standard mail to the next day and most importantly allow us to prepare and carry our mail as we see fit. For me that would be a 1 bundle system put together in the office in a fixed weather environment lowering the "labor-intensive" street-time to a minimum which would reduce our bodies physical wear-and-tear not to mention accidents!

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   5 years 11 months ago

    Stop Saturday delivery stop processing on Sunday. Get rid of all the vice presidents to PMG except one. Why does the USPS need so many vice presidents? Lats it I checked the United States had one vice president.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Perhaps if clerks and city carriers were salaried employees and really had a opportunity to save money and improve service then the Postal Service would reduce the number of supervisors needed to bring the slackers in line!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    you have to take your items in every night because if it is time for maintenance your truck might not be there in the morning.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    removed my last post because I mentioned a name???
    what is up with that?

    anyway.

    how about this rule.

    lets close the duplicating department and then contract out the printing of labels and mailings to customers.

    retail sales wanted to have something printed in house but was told duplicating was closing so they checked around and found it would cost $180,000 for one print job. this is more then what is costs to run an in-house print shop for a year and this is just one job!

    who makes these rules just to save money? where is the savings here?

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